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Pakistan slip after Hafeez-Jamshed stand


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Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed put on 105 for the first wicket but the Pakistanis then lost six wickets for the addition of 40 runs. -File photo

EAST LONDON: The touring Pakistan suffered a collapse after a century opening partnership on the opening day of their four-day match against a South African Invitation XI at Buffalo Park on Friday.

The tourists were 178 for six at the close on a day shortened by rain and bad light.

Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed put on 105 for the first wicket but the Pakistanis then lost six wickets for the addition of 40 runs. Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed and fast bowler Umar Gul added an unbeaten 33 for the seventh wicket.

Hafeez made 55 off 95 deliveries with ten fours before he was dismissed by opening bowler Kyle Abbott. But the batsmen who followed were unable to take advantage of the good start in their only warm-up match before three Test matches against South Africa.

Jamshed saw Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq dismissed cheaply before he fell to off-spinner Simon Harmer to be sixth man out for 68, compiled off 158 balls with eight fours.

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Iqbal Jan 26, 2013 09:07am
The way Pakistan has batted in last three matches I would say that one Test will end up with pakistan getting an inning defeat. Except for two batsman who are consistently scoring the rest of the batsman are consistently making low scores
jawjam Jan 26, 2013 05:59am
Azhar and Asad should be sent back to Pakistan and instead let Malik and Afridi be part of the squad
AJ Jan 26, 2013 06:17am
Please retire Younus & Misbah, although excellant players in thier prime but it is time for them to move on.
Yawar Jan 26, 2013 03:24am
If this is how Pakistan will play against the 2nd eleven, what will they do against the 1st? Azher Ali seems to be out of form and it does not look like Younis, Misbah and Asad will be able to cope with the pace and bounce. Lets hope our openers and our bowlers can keep us in the game at least.
ohhhhhh Jan 25, 2013 08:32pm
Yeh whitewash se pahle ki nishani aur dastak hai aage aage deikho hota hai kya :(
s.m.mustafa. Jan 26, 2013 02:43am
as exppected pakistani batsmen are doing thier regular job. morning shows the day. pccb is the main culprit for the show. the team is not getting much needed match practice before the first test match. the africans condition is different from pakistans condition. why pccb keep only one practice game before the test match. and the pakistani batsmen still need to learn basick technique to cop with the fast and spin bowling.
No tolerence Jan 26, 2013 01:23am
Already Batting looks pathetic!! We need Batting coach Mr. Zaka