South Africa may have appeared to get off to a steady start on the first day of the first test against Pakistan. But the innings was not without its initial hiccups. In the 3rd over itself, opener Alviro Petersen appeared to nick a Umar Gul delivery through to the keeper, but umpire Daryl Harper was not convinced and gave the batsman not out. In the 11th over, Smith edged Umar Gul, but the ball didn't carry to first slip. Then, in the very next over, with the spinner Abdur Rehman coming in as the first change bowler, Adnan Akmal missed a stumping opportunity and Smith again survived.
Meanwhile, the runs started coming at a fairly brisk rate. Petersen hit Saeed Ajmal for two fours in an the 15th over to bring up the side's 50. From then on, it was advantage South Africa with both openers playing the spinners well. Peterson went after Rehman in the 20th over, knocking two fours off him and taking the Proteas to 80 for no loss. In the 25th over, Azhar Ali, fielding at square leg, missed an opportunity to run out Graeme Smith. Four overs later, Petersen had reached his 50 and South Africa were 101/0 at Lunch.
Umar Gul had a horror start after the break when Smith laid into him, hitting three consecutive fours. Smith had got to his 50 in style and was not short of steam. It was only in the 42nd over when South Africa was on a healthy 153/0 that Rehman got the breakthrough. He sent back Petersen for 67 as the batsman was swallowed up by Younis Khan at mid-wicket. Hashim Amla, riding on some good form came to partner Smith as the latter notched up his century in the 13th century in Test cricket. But he was out a couple of overs later when he holed out to square leg with a mistimed pull shot. With the score on 190/2, the ever-reliable Jacques Kallis walked out to the centre to help Amla rebuild.
In the 68th over, Amla hit Rehman for two fours to reach his 50, taking the score to 242/2. Kallis followed suit, reaching his half-century in the 86th over. But in just the next over, Wahab Riaz removed Amla, caught behind for 80, and wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal had picked up his first scalp in international cricket. The Proteas ended a dominating day on 311/3 with Kallis not out on 53 and Paul Harris yet to get off the mark.