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Pakistan batters struggle again against S Africans

AFP and Reuters, CAPE TOWN

South Africa’s fast bowlers struck four times before lunch after Pakistan were sent in to bat on the first day of the second Test at Newlands yesterday.

Pakistan were 60-4 at the interval as Morne Morkel took two wickets, while Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn claimed one each. Veteran Younis Khan was unbeaten on 24.

South African captain Graeme Smith, captaining his country for the 100th time, proved correct in his assessment of partly cloudy conditions, following early morning rain and a pitch with a tinge of green that offered good bounce.

Pakistan were bowled out for 49 in the first innings of the first Test, which South Africa won by 211 runs, and openers Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed started cautiously, scoring just 10 runs before Jamshed was caught behind off Philander for 3. He had survived a chance to Faf du Plessis at gully off the previous delivery.

Hafeez then edged Steyn to first slip after making 17 before Morkel took two wickets in an over.

First he had Azhar Ali caught behind attempting an extravagant drive before Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq followed him back to the pavilion, caught at short-leg off a sharply rising delivery.

That left Pakistan reeling at 33-4, but Younis showed a willingness to play attacking strokes as he and Asad Shafiq added 27 without further loss before lunch.

The Proteas were unchanged from the first Test, sticking with Robin Peterson as their spinner.

The wicket is expected to be lively for the seamers on the first two days, though it may dry out over the weekend and start turning.

Pakistan made two changes to their side, both enforced by injury. A thigh problem for seamer Junaid Khan meant he was replaced by 2m-tall Mohammed Irfan, making his Test debut at the age of 30.

Fellow paceman Rahat Ali, who made his debut in the first Test, was also ruled out by injury, with 34-year-old seamer Tanvir Ahmed called up to replace him.

MATHEWS NAMED CAPTAIN

AFP, COLOMBO, sri lanka

All-rounder Angelo Mathews has been appointed Sri Lanka’s new Test and one-day captain for next month’s home series against Bangladesh, selectors announced yesterday.

The 25-year-old replaces Mahela Jayawardene, who stepped down after leading on a recent tour of Australia.

Dinesh Chandimal, named as Mathews’ deputy in Tests and one-day internationals, will lead the side in T20 matches.

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