Tahir spins a magic
After getting blasting away for many runs in his previous test, the Lahore born South Africa spinner Imran Tahir came back strongly as he tricked the Pakistan team by deceiving their lineup which seemed like a fallen pack of cards which gets fallen all of a sudden when the magician does the trick. Despite a mild hamstring, Dale Steyn opened the bowling as Pakistan opted to bat first and the opener Khurram Manzoor perished without scoring a single digit. With Vernon Philander at the other end, the new batsman Shan Masood along with Azhar Ali tried to sneak some runs.
In his 2nd over and on preferably on the 3rd delivery Graeme Smith asked a review for checking the caught dismissal which was in vain as the ball had slightly hit the arm of Azhar Ali. In Steyn’s next over, Masood hit a boundary and after which there is no boundary and the Proteas utilizing the opportunity got the easy breakthrough as Morne Morkel had the batsman Azhar trapped in front. After the dismissal, Imran Tahir who was earlier introduced didn’t allow the batsman to score as he bowled a maiden in his 4th over. Tahir removed Masooda by castling him. Further Steyn came back and had Younis Khan caught when the batsman got an edge, which fell in to wicket keeper De Villiers. In the very next over, Tahir took two quick wickets thus leaving the Pakistan team tottering at 60/6 at lunch.
Coming in after lunch, Asad Shafiq hit a glorious boundary when he hit a rather good length ball which was pitched outside off and in the ultimate delivery of the over, he was caught up in a mix up as he wanted to keep the strike but the sturdy throw from petersen opened the doors for Ajmal as he was runout as the ball directly hit the stumps. In the 31st over of the match, Tahir had his fourth and fifth wicket as he bamboozled Shafiq when the batsman hit a lazy shot but the ball beat his bat to dislodge the stumps and then with a googly sealed the end of the tailender Mohammad Irfan and he was duck leaving Pakistan struggling at 76/9. Junaid Khan was the last batsman to be dismissed as he was clean bowled by Dale Steyn when 2 deliveries were remaining to be bowled off the 37th over thus making Pakistan felling a single run short of a century as they were all out for 99.
In their 1st innings, South Africa replied strongly as the left-hander Smith looked in fine touch as he blazed away hitting 67 runs with four boundaries. In the 11th over, Zulfiqar Babar successfully appealed for a LBW against Alviro Petersen. After the 1st wicket, Dean Elgar and Smith batted their way until Saeed Ajmal removed the former when he tried to defended the ball which resulted in a sharp catch at short leg and Azhar Ali completing the rest. In the 43rd over, furthermore Ajmal had a plumb LBW as Kallis didn’t try to review against it. Thus at the end of day 1, Proteas were 128/3 off 49.0 overs as they lead by 29 runs with 7 wickets remaining.