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South Africa increase lead in third Test

LEADING BY EXAMPLE Graeme Smith starred with a captain's knock and he was ably assisted by Jacques Kallis as the touring Proteas asserted themselves in Lahore


South Africa cricket captain Graeme Smith, left, hits a boundary as Pakistan's Younis Khan looks on at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan, yesterday.


South Africa marched toward setting up a stiff target for Pakistan in the second Test yesterday.

The visitors were 154-2 at stumps on day three -- enjoying an overall lead of 305 runs with captain Graeme Smith batting on 75 and in-form Jacques Kallis not out on 37.

Pakistan -- already trailing 1-0 in the two-match series -- suffered a big blow when fast bowler Mohammad Asif could bowl only four overs in the second innings before he was sidelined due to an elbow injury.

"He will see the doctor tomorrow and only then we could say whether he could take further part in this Test or not," manager Talat Ali said.

Smith completed his first half century of the series and hit 11 boundaries and Kallis, who has already scored 155, an unbeaten 100 and 59 in the previous three Test innings, played some attractive drives in his undefeated knock.

Both added 88 runs in an unfinished two-hour partnership as the day's play ended due to fading light seven overs before the scheduled close.

Earlier, fast bowler Makhaya Ntini (3-42) grabbed all his wickets in one over just before lunch to restrict Pakistan to 206 -- 151 runs adrift of South Africa's respectable total of 357.

Left-arm spinner Paul Harris also finished with 3-57 as he wrapped up Pakistan's disappointing innings in the first over after lunch when last man Asif was caught close to the wicket.

Ntini spliced through the tail late in the first session by dismissing Misbah-ul-Haq (41) and Umar Gul off successive deliveries. Misbah played a reckless drive and edged behind the wicket while Gul was out plumb leg-before-wicket.

Danish Kaneria survived the hat-trick ball but two balls later he knicked to Mark Boucher -- the wicketkeeper's 400th Test dismissal.

Pakistan had a disastrous start to the third day after it resumed at the overnight 140-4.

Inzamam-ul-Haq (14) could last for only six more deliveries in his farewell Test before edging Kallis to Boucher in the second over of the morning.

The burly 37-year-old added four more runs to his overnight score and needed another six runs in the second innings to break Javed Miandad's Pakistan Test record of 8,832 runs.

Kallis tied down Pakistan's lower order in an impressive spell of seven overs.

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