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EAST LONDON: The touring Pakistanis were held to a draw when bad light brought an early end to their four-day match against a South African Invitation XI at Buffalo Park on Monday.

The Invitation XI, set 323 to win, were 190 for five in their second innings when the match was called off. Home team captain Justin Ontong made an unbeaten 51 after his side had seemed in danger of defeat when he went in to bat with his team on 101 for four.

Opening bowlers Umar Gul and Junaid Khan both struck early in the second innings. The tall Mohammad Irfan took two wickets and off-spinner Saeed Ajmal claimed one.

Earlier, the Invitation XI opening bowler Kyle Abbott took three quick wickets - one with the old ball and two with the second new ball - before the tourists declared on 250 for nine. They lost four wickets for ten runs on Monday.

The Pakistanis travel to Johannesburg on Tuesday to prepare for the first Test against South Africa starting at the Wanderers Stadium on

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Aamir Khan
January 29, 2013 10:04 pm
Not sure what was so solid about the team whose middle order batting. Old names keep failing ...You can't get the other below par level team out twice? I guess another failure will not hurt Pakistan as they are getting used to it..Don't use India Win as that was easy and don't use lack of test playing the reason to loose..
Ali Shah
January 29, 2013 11:14 am
So looking forward to this series. I hope Pakistan wins this series.
sameen khan
January 29, 2013 2:31 am
Pakistan should have declared much earlier. A victory would have been a big morale booster
January 29, 2013 3:45 am
Not a bad start to the tour. Our success depends heavily on our middle order which is a bit shaky these days. Good luck Pakistan!!
January 29, 2013 10:29 am
Solid Pakistanis? joke of the day.. they were less than 200 for 5 in both innings and the half of this score was score only by the opners. And it was against bowlers who do not even come near the national team.
January 29, 2013 1:27 pm
You r right, but Mr. Captain would not score his half century, which was more important for him than the moral booster win!
January 29, 2013 2:56 pm
If we declared earlier we would be in a position to lose. As it is they were only 130 or 140 runs away and still had 5 wickets in hand. It was a good match and I would not be in a hurry to bring Taufeeq in just yet, let these guys battle on.
January 29, 2013 3:39 pm
Look at the middle order, misbah and younus failed as usual. Sa will thrash our middle order
January 29, 2013 8:27 pm
Good job Sarfaraz Wicket keeper Batsman; We need shuffle batting order one down asad shafiq, then promote sarfaraz then azhar, younis and misbah. This will give more time for azhar ali, (he is good on slow pitches and this will give time to play big innings.
January 29, 2013 10:06 pm
wish the team to beat the south African's.......... but unless the Pakistani team score atleast 400 in 1st innings it would be a whitewash
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