Pakistan tail wags to set Proteas 199


Tue, Jan 16, 2007 - Page 19

South Africa reached 69 for two to move within 130 runs of victory over Pakistan at stumps on Sunday on the fourth day of the first of three Tests.

South Africa lost both openers after Pakistan were dismissed for 303 to set the Proteas a target of 199.

AB de Villiers was caught at second slip by Younis Khan off paceman Mohammad Asif for 12, and Graeme Smith was lbweto Mohammad Hafeez for 32 at Centurion Park.

Pakistan's last three wickets added 103 runs after the team had slumped to 199-7. Shahid Nazir hit a Test-best 40 off 35 balls, Danish Kaneria 23 off 23 and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan 33 off 41.

Left-arm finger spinner Paul Harris wrapped up the innings with his fourth wicket when Kaneria was caught by Herschelle Gibbs running from short fine-leg. Harris took 4-46. Shaun Pollock had 3-60.

Resuming from overnight on 103-2, Pakistan added just 12 runs before Younis Khan was out lbw for 38 off Pollock.

Imran Farhat, who was dropped by wicketkeeper Mark Boucher on 47 after edging a ball from Makhaya Ntini, was caught at silly point by De Villiers off Harris for 68.

Harris had Faisal Iqbal caught by Herschelle Gibbs for nine after lunch.

Captain Inzamam-ul-Haq was caught by a diving De Villiers at short midwicket for 35 off Pollock and Pakistan was 187-6.

Twelve runs later, Kamran Akmal tried sweep a ball from Harris and was caught by Gibbs at short fine-leg for 15.

The Proteas were dismissed for 417 in reply to Pakistan's 313 for a first-innings lead of 104.