Cricket: Salim falls one short

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Salim Malik was dismissed for 99 as Pakistan were all out for 230 on the third morning of the inaugural Test against South Africa in Johannesburg yesterday. South Africa led by 230 after the first innings, but skipper Hansie Cronje declined to enf orce the follow-on and his side reached 49 without loss by lunch, stretching their lead to 279. Pakistan resumed at 177 for 6 and should have lost a wicket to the second ball of the day. Wasim Akram was dropped in the gully by Clive Eksteen, but Eksteen

made up for his lapse in the fifth over when he clung on to a stinging cut by Malik off Allan Donald. The unlucky Salim scored his 99 from 154 balls and hit 16 fours, but once he was out the innings went into a steep decline. Kabir Khan was caught off the glove for four and, after a brief flurry from Wasim, Fanie de Villiers ended the innings in two balls. He yorked Wasim for 41 and then produced the perfect late out-swinger to wreck Aamir Nazir's stumps. De Villiers, who will be on a hat-trick at the s tart of Pakistan's second innings, finished with 6 for 81.

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