v South Africa
Although the 20-year-old opening batsmen, Ali Naqvi, made a fine century in his first Test innings, Pakistan wasted a great opportunity after winning the toss. Careless strokes cost them the wickets of their three most experienced batsmen.
The final mow had, unsurprisingly, left the pitch extremely bare of grass. As Pakistan will have hoped, it is already taking spin; and the bounce, not entirely even at this early stage, will only grow worse.
Pakistan will have been expecting the spin of Mushtaq Ahmed and Saqlain Mushtaq to give them a big advantage. But first their batsmen needed to give them enough runs to bowl at which they have not done. Having picked only one spinner, Pat Symcox, the South Africans had another think when they saw the pitch before the start.
In the end, they decided to stick with their seam attack. By the end of this first day they will have been happy enough with that decision. After a wayward first hour when Brett Schultz was mostly to blame, they did an admirable job.
Ali was the only batsman to hold them up. In 353 minutes at the crease he showed an outstanding temperament and an excellent technique. He plays very straight with a preference for the front foot and has a good range of strokes.
Saeed Anwar helped Ali in an exciting opening stand of 45 in nine overs before being caught behind off a cut, playing a ball which was too close to him. For a time, Mohammad Ramzan, another debutant, batted with composure, playing some pleasant strokes through the covers before Shaun Pollock had him lbw on the back foot with a ball which cut back into him, one of the few to move all day.
First day of five; Pakistan won toss
PAKISTAN - First Innings
*Saeed Anwar c Richardon b Donald 16
Ali Naqvi c Kirsten b Donald 115
Mohammad Ramzan lbw Pollock 29
Ijaz Ahmed b Symcox 11
Inzamam-ul-Haq c Richardson b Schultz 8
Mohammad Wasim c Kirsten b Symcox 11
Moin Khan not out 8
Azhar Mahmood not out 4
Extras (b2 lb4 nb8) 14
Total (for 6) 216
Fall: 1-45 2-114 3-135 4-152 5-196 6-206.
To bat: Saqlain Mushtaq, Mushtaq Ahmed, Waqar Younis.
Bowling (to date): Donald 18.2-2-61-2 (nb1; Schultz 15-4-58-1 (nb6); Pollock 18-6-38-1; McMillan 10-4-10-0 (nb1); Symcox 23-5-43-2; Kallis 2-2-0-0.
SOUTH AFRICA: *W J Cronje, G Kirsten, A M Bacher, J H Kallis, D J Cullinan, B M McMillan, S M Pollock, D J Richardson, P L Symcox, A A Donald, B N Schultz.
Umpires: S Venkatravaghan (India) and Javed Akhtar (Pakistan).Reuse content