South Africa lose early wickets in Lahore Test

Published: Monday, October 8, 2007, 14:52 [IST]
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Lahore: Pakistan's new-ball pairing of Umar Gul and Mohammad Asif took a wicket each to give the home team a good start on day one of the second Test against South Africa here.

Gul had Herschelle Gibbs (13) caught in the gully and Asif bowled Hashim Amla (10) before the tourists reached 70-2 at lunch after winning the toss and choosing to bat on a firm pitch with more bounce at the Gaddafi Stadium.

Captain Graeme Smith was unbeaten on 31 and Jacques Kallis was on 13.

The tourists lead the short two-Test series by 1-0 on account of their 160-run win in the first Test in Karachi.

Gul dismissed Gibbs in the eighth over, when the opener cut uppishly and was well caught by Misbah-ul Haq. Asif, who bowled a lengthy 10-over opening spell, produced a sharp inswinger to Amla who misjudged the ball and was bowled.

The home team, desperate to level the series, made two changes from their first Test line-up. Experienced batsmen Inzamam-ul Haq and Mohammad Yousuf replaced opener Mohammad Hafeez and Faisal Iqbal.

The Test is the last for veteran Pakistan batsman Inzamam-ul Haq.

Yousuf dropped out of the first Test at the last minute, citing lack of match fitness.

South Africa remained unchanged from the first Test, leaving veteran all-rounder Shaun Pollock sidelined.

Pollock was dropped for the first time in his 107-Test career for the first Test in Karachi.



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