Cricket: Shoaib devastates South Africa

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Pakistan 259 & 11-0 South Africa 231

SHOAIB AKHTAR yesterday produced a devastating spell as Pakistan took a 28-run first-innings lead on the second day of the second Test against South Africa in Durban. Generating startling pace, the 22-year-old Shoaib captured five wickets for 43 as South Africa collapsed from 115 for 2 to 178 for 9.

Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald put on 53 for the last wicket to enable the South Africans to reach 231 all out, and by close of play Pakistan had scored 11 for no wicket to stretch their lead to 39.

After losing Adam Bacher early in the day, South Africa appeared to have built a solid foundation when Jacques Kallis and Hylton Ackerman put on 83 in 165 minutes for the third wicket. However, Shoaib, who did not bowl before lunch, produced a lightning-fast delivery to rip past a defensive shot by Kallis, who scored 43, and with his next ball trapped Andrew Hudson lbw for a duck. He later went on to beat Mark Boucher, Lance Klusener and Fanie de Villiers for pace in a spell of three for 17 from 20 balls.

Second day, South Africa won toss

PAKISTAN - First Innings 259 (Azhar Mahmood 132; A A Donald 5-79).

SOUTH AFRICA - First Innings

(Overnight: 23 for 1)

A M Bacher c Khan b Fazl-e-Akbar 17

G Kirsten c Mahmood b Fazl-e-Akbar 0

J H Kallis b Shoaib 43

H D Ackerman c Wasim b Mushtaq 57

A C Hudson lbw b Shoaib 0

*W J Cronje lbw b Mushtaq 3

S M Pollock not out 70

M V Boucher b Shoaib 2

L Klusener b Shoaib 6

P S de Villiers b Shoaib 7

A A Donald lbw b Mushtaq 11

Extras (b4 lb2 w3 nb6) 5

Total (90 overs) 231

Fall: 1-44 2-32 3-115 4-115 5-120 6-139 7-154 8-166 9-178.

Bowling: Waqar Younis 19-3-63-0 (3nb); Fazl-e-Akbar 8-2-16-2 (1nb); Shoaib Akhtar 12-1-43-5 (1w); Mushtaq Ahmed 32-9-71-3 (1w); Azhar Mahmood 17- 6-28-0 (2nb 1w); Aamir Sohail 2-0-4-0.

PAKISTAN - Second Innings

Saeed Anwar not out 8

*Aamir Sohail not out 2

Extras (w1) 1

Total (for 0) 11

Bowling (to date): De Villiers 1-0-8-0; Donald 1-0-3-0 (1w).

Umpires: M J Kitchen (Eng) and D L Orchard (SA).