On the first day of the second Test against South Africa, Pakistan won the toss and opted to bowl first. Captain Misbah was vindicated in his decision, as in just the second over debutant Tanvir Ahmed got rid of Alviro Petersen, caught at slip for 2. But the breakthroughs kept coming. In Ahmed's next over, he got Hashim Amla caught behind for just 4 and Pakistan were on a roll. South Africa were on 6/2 when Jacque Kallis came to the crease and together with Graeme Smith, began building a partnership.
In the 10th over, Smith got on top of Ahmed, hitting him for two fours, one through mid-on and one at mid-wicket. Kallis got into the act in the next over, slapping Mohammad Sami for two fours in the gap between extra cover and mid off. But Ahmed hit back in the very next over when he got Smith caught behind for 10 and South Africa were reeling at 33/3. A B de Villiers joined Kallis who kept the runs coming, smashing Sami for two more fours in the 13th over.
First change bowler Umar Gul was in for a rude shock when Kallis dispatched him for three boundaries in the 18th over. In teh 23rd over, it was Younis Khan's turn to come in for some stick, going for a boundary first from deVilliers and then from Kallis, who brought up a quick-fire 50 with that shot. Kallis welcomed Abdur Rehman into the attack, carting him for a straight six. South Africa went into lunch with the score looking at a healthier 114/3.
After lunch, Kallis and de Villiers continued picking the Pakistani bowlers for frequent runs. The two had taken the fight to Ahmed, squeezing him for 11 runs in the 34th over. In the next over, de Villiers got a tickle off Abdur Rehman and got him away frine for a four, moving to his fifty. With Sami bowling, the runs were coming freely as the bowler failed to make any impact. Then the bastmen played out a few quiet overs as Kallis neared his century.
In the 51st over, Kallis crossed the landmark, bringing his 37th ton in Tests. The spinners were failing to cash in on the great start that Ahmed had given them. Rehman got hit for another six, this time from de Villiers' bat in the 53rd over. But a couple of over later, the paceman Ahmed picked up his fourth wicket when he bowled Kallis for 105. This long-overdue wicket came as some respite to the fielding side, but the torture was far from over. In Ahmed's next over, new batsman Ashwell Prince and de Villiers took him for 12 runs.
Then, in the 68th over, de Villier slammed Gul for a four and then ran a single off him to notch up his century. Later in the over, Prince smashed Gul for another four. The new pair seemed to be motoring along till Mohamnad Hafeez got the breakthrough. He sent back Prince for 32 in the 75th over. The score was 268/5 when Mark Boucher came to the wicket. He together with de Villiers played out the last few overs of the day, taking the score to a healthy 311/5. Boucher was not out on 26 while de Villiers was at an unbeaten 120. Pakistan will have to get its act together if it is to bowl out South Africa early on Day 2 and get into bat.