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Squads:

South Africa---



Graeme Smith
Captain

Age 26 years 231 days

Batting Left-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm offbreak




Hashim Amla

Age 24 years 173 days

Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm medium




Mark Boucher
Wicketkeeper

Age 30 years 291 days

Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm medium




AB de Villiers

Age 23 years 215 days

Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm medium




Jean-Paul Duminy

Age 23 years 159 days

Batting Left-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm offbreak




Herschelle Gibbs

Age 33 years 209 days

Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm bowler




Paul Harris

Age 28 years 322 days

Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Slow left-arm orthodox




Jacques Kallis

Age 31 years 339 days

Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm fast-medium




Morne Morkel

Age 22 years 349 days

Playing role Bowler
Batting Left-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm fast




Andre Nel

Age 30 years 67 days

Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm fast-medium




Makhaya Ntini

Age 30 years 76 days

Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm fast




Shaun Pollock

Age 34 years 66 days

Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm fast-medium




Ashwell Prince

Age 30 years 115 days

Batting Left-hand bat
Bowling Left-arm slow




Dale Steyn

Age 24 years 85 days

Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm fast



Pakistan---



Shoaib Malik
Captain

Age 25 years 246 days

Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm offbreak




Salman Butt
Vice-captain

Age 22 years 363 days

Playing role Batsman
Batting Left-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm offbreak




Abdur Rehman

Age 27 years 218 days

Playing role Bowler
Batting Left-hand bat
Bowling Slow left-arm orthodox




Danish Kaneria

Age 26 years 293 days

Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Legbreak




Faisal Iqbal

Age 25 years 279 days

Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm medium




Iftikhar Anjum

Age 26 years 308 days

Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm medium




Inzamam-ul-Haq

Age 37 years 216 days

Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Slow left-arm orthodox




Kamran Akmal
Wicketkeeper

Age 25 years 265 days

Batting Right-hand bat




Misbah-ul-Haq

Age 33 years 130 days

Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Legbreak




Mohammad Asif

Age 24 years 289 days

Playing role Bowler
Batting Left-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm fast-medium




Mohammad Hafeez

Age 26 years 353 days

Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm offbreak




Mohammad Yousuf

Age 33 years 39 days

Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm offbreak




Taufeeq Umar

Age 26 years 107 days

Batting Left-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm offbreak




Umar Gul

Age 23 years 174 days

Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm fast-medium




Yasir Hameed

Age 29 years 219 days

Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm offbreak




Younis Khan

Age 29 years 310 days

Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm medium, Legbreak


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Results:
1st Test-
Test no. 1843
South Africa in Pakistan Test Series - 1st Test
Pakistan v South Africa
2007/08 season

Played at National Stadium, Karachi, on 1,2,3,4,5 October 2007 (5-day match)

Result South Africa won by 160 runs

South Africa 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR

HH Gibbs c Mohammad Hafeez b Umar Gul 54 139 106 8 0 50.94
captain GC Smith lbw b Mohammad Hafeez 42 102 66 5 0 63.63

HM Amla b Mohammad Asif 71 225 158 6 1 44.93

JH Kallis c wicketkeeperKamran Akmal b Danish Kaneria 155 304 249 19 0 62.24

AG Prince c & b Danish Kaneria 36 144 97 2 0 37.11

AB de Villiers b Umar Gul 77 124 101 7 1 76.23
wicketkeeper MV Boucher c wicketkeeperKamran Akmal b Abdur Rehman 1 29 25 0 0 4.00

A Nel c Misbah-ul-Haq b Abdur Rehman 2 19 8 0 0 25.00

PL Harris c wicketkeeperKamran Akmal b Abdur Rehman 1 8 5 0 0 20.00

DW Steyn b Abdur Rehman 0 31 6 0 0 0.00

M Ntini not out 0 4 2 0 0 0.00

    Extras (b 1, lb 6, nb 4) 11











    Total (all out; 136.3 overs; 569 mins) 450 (3.29 runs per over)

Fall of wickets1-87 (Smith, 23.4 ov), 2-109 (Gibbs, 32.6 ov), 3-279 (Amla, 81.6 ov), 4-352 (Kallis, 108.1 ov), 5-373 (Prince, 116.2 ov), 6-392 (Boucher, 123.6 ov), 7-408 (Nel, 127.6 ov), 8-412 (Harris, 129.6 ov), 9-448 (Steyn, 135.4 ov), 10-450 (de Villiers, 136.3 ov)

 Bowling O M R W Econ

 Mohammad Asif 26 6 83 1 3.19

 Umar Gul 21.3 6 60 2 2.79 (2nb)

 Danish Kaneria 36 3 124 2 3.44

 Abdur Rehman 31 3 105 4 3.38

 Shoaib Malik 8 2 31 0 3.87 (2nb)

 Mohammad Hafeez 14 0 40 1 2.85

Pakistan 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR

Mohammad Hafeez c Kallis b Harris 34 81 59 4 0 57.62
wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal lbw b Harris 42 62 37 5 0 113.51

Younis Khan b Nel 6 25 17 0 0 35.29

Faisal Iqbal b Kallis 7 36 24 1 0 29.16

Misbah-ul-Haq c wicketkeeperBoucher b Steyn 23 71 57 5 0 40.35
captain Shoaib Malik st wicketkeeperBoucher b Harris 73 227 170 6 1 42.94

Abdur Rehman c wicketkeeperBoucher b Nel 9 42 28 1 0 32.14

Salman Butt lbw b Harris 24 123 76 4 0 31.57

Umar Gul st wicketkeeperBoucher b Harris 12 47 44 2 0 27.27

Danish Kaneria not out 26 74 49 4 0 53.06

Mohammad Asif b Steyn 10 45 26 1 0 38.46

    Extras (b 15, lb 7, w 1, nb 2) 25











    Total (all out; 97.3 overs; 421 mins) 291 (2.98 runs per over)

Fall of wickets1-71 (Kamran Akmal, 14.2 ov), 2-82 (Mohammad Hafeez, 18.4 ov), 3-84 (Younis Khan, 19.1 ov), 4-97 (Faisal Iqbal, 27.1 ov), 5-120 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 37.4 ov), 6-149 (Abdur Rehman, 47.6 ov), 7-233 (Salman Butt, 76.2 ov), 8-238 (Shoaib Malik, 80.5 ov), 9-259 (Umar Gul, 86.6 ov), 10-291 (Mohammad Asif, 97.3 ov)

 Bowling O M R W Econ

 DW Steyn 13.3 2 50 2 3.70 (2nb)

 M Ntini 11 2 48 0 4.36

 PL Harris 36 13 73 5 2.02

 A Nel 20 4 59 2 2.95

 JH Kallis 11 3 21 1 1.90 (1w)

 GC Smith 6 1 18 0 3.00

South Africa 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
captain GC Smith c wicketkeeperKamran Akmal b Abdur Rehman 25 64 42 5 0 59.52

HH Gibbs c Faisal Iqbal b Danish Kaneria 18 84 46 2 0 39.13

HM Amla st wicketkeeperKamran Akmal b Abdur Rehman 0 14 10 0 0 0.00

JH Kallis not out 100 291 201 4 1 49.75

AG Prince b Danish Kaneria 45 132 105 2 0 42.85

AB de Villiers b Abdur Rehman 1 5 3 0 0 33.33
wicketkeeper MV Boucher c Misbah-ul-Haq b Danish Kaneria 29 56 49 4 0 59.18

A Nel c Misbah-ul-Haq b Abdur Rehman 33 74 69 3 0 47.82

PL Harris not out 1 15 10 0 0 10.00

    Extras (b 10, lb 2) 12











    Total (7 wickets dec; 89 overs; 371 mins) 264 (2.96 runs per over)

Did not bat DW Steyn, M Ntini

Fall of wickets1-41 (Smith, 13.2 ov), 2-43 (Amla, 15.3 ov), 3-43 (Gibbs, 16.4 ov), 4-131 (Prince, 50.2 ov), 5-132 (de Villiers, 51.2 ov), 6-188 (Boucher, 67.3 ov), 7-251 (Nel, 85.3 ov)

 Bowling O M R W Econ

 Mohammad Asif 6 1 14 0 2.33

 Umar Gul 12 1 35 0 2.91

 Abdur Rehman 38 6 105 4 2.76

 Danish Kaneria 28 3 85 3 3.03

 Mohammad Hafeez 5 0 13 0 2.60

Pakistan 2nd innings (target: 424 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR

Mohammad Hafeez b Steyn 1 6 5 0 0 20.00

Salman Butt c Amla b Steyn 3 26 15 0 0 20.00

Younis Khan b Steyn 126
160 18 1 78.75

Faisal Iqbal c Kallis b Harris 44 103 69 8 0 63.76

Mohammad Asif c Amla b Nel 6
26 0 0 23.07

Misbah-ul-Haq lbw b Nel 23
95 3 0 24.21
captain Shoaib Malik c Nel b Ntini 30
99 4 0 30.30
wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal c wicketkeeperBoucher b Harris 9
11 1 0 81.81

Abdur Rehman lbw b Steyn 0
20 0 0 0.00

Umar Gul c Nel b Steyn 8
9 2 0 88.88

Danish Kaneria not out 0
1 0 0 0.00

    Extras (b 8, lb 4, nb 1) 13











    Total (all out; 84.5 overs) 263 (3.10 runs per over)

Fall of wickets1-1 (Mohammad Hafeez, 1.1 ov), 2-20 (Salman Butt, 5.2 ov), 3-134 (Faisal Iqbal, 29.3 ov), 4-161 (Mohammad Asif, 38.1 ov), 5-197 (Younis Khan, 55.4 ov), 6-230 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 69.4 ov), 7-239 (Kamran Akmal, 74.2 ov), 8-249 (Abdur Rehman, 81.2 ov), 9-257 (Umar Gul, 83.5 ov), 10-263 (Shoaib Malik, 84.5 ov)

 Bowling O M R W Econ

 M Ntini 12.5 4 34 1 2.64

 DW Steyn 15 3 56 5 3.73

 A Nel 19 5 59 2 3.10 (1nb)

 PL Harris 30 8 58 2 1.93

 GC Smith 3 0 33 0 11.00

 JH Kallis 4 3 4 0 1.00

 HM Amla 1 0 7 0 7.00

Toss South Africa, who chose to bat first
Series South Africa led the 2-match series 1-0

Test debut Abdur Rehman (Pakistan)
Player of the match JH Kallis (South Africa)

Umpires MR Benson (England) and SJA Taufel (Australia)
TV umpire Riazuddin
Match referee AG Hurst (Australia)
Reserve umpire Afzaal Ahmed

Close of play
1 Oct day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 294/3 (JH Kallis 118*, AG Prince 3*, 90 ov)
2 Oct day 2 - Pakistan 1st innings 127/5 (Shoaib Malik 9*, Abdur Rehman 1*, 40 ov)
3 Oct day 3 - South Africa 2nd innings 76/3 (JH Kallis 18*, AG Prince 11*, 32 ov)
4 Oct day 4 - Pakistan 2nd innings 146/3 (Younis Khan 93*, Mohammad Asif 1*, 33 ov)
5 Oct day 5 - Pakistan 2nd innings 263 (84.5 ov) - end of match

Match notes

  • Day 1
  • South Africa 1st innings
  • South Africa: 50 runs in 13.1 overs (80 balls), Extras 1
  • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 80 balls (HH Gibbs 25, GC Smith 25, Ex 1)
  • Drinks: South Africa - 53/0 in 14.0 overs (HH Gibbs 26, GC Smith 26)
  • Lunch: South Africa - 96/1 in 29.0 overs (HH Gibbs 42, HM Amla 8)
  • South Africa: 100 runs in 29.6 overs (183 balls), Extras 4
  • HH Gibbs: 50 off 101 balls (7 x 4)
  • South Africa: 150 runs in 46.2 overs (281 balls), Extras 4
  • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 87 balls (HM Amla 21, JH Kallis 29, Ex 0)
  • Tea: South Africa - 195/2 in 58.0 overs (HM Amla 49, JH Kallis 46)
  • JH Kallis: 50 off 91 balls (7 x 4)
  • South Africa: 200 runs in 58.6 overs (357 balls), Extras 4
  • 3rd Wicket: 100 runs in 167 balls (HM Amla 40, JH Kallis 60, Ex 0)
  • HM Amla: 50 off 102 balls (3 x 4, 1 x 6)
  • South Africa: 250 runs in 70.4 overs (427 balls), Extras 6
  • 3rd Wicket: 150 runs in 231 balls (HM Amla 53, JH Kallis 95, Ex 2)
  • JH Kallis: 100 off 147 balls (12 x 4)
  • Drinks: South Africa - 270/2 in 76.0 overs (HM Amla 65, JH Kallis 103)
  • New Ball Taken: South Africa 279/2 after 81.3 overs (HM Amla 71, JH Kallis 106)
  • End Of Day: South Africa - 294/3 in 90.0 overs (JH Kallis 118, AG Prince 3)
  • Day 2
  • South Africa: 300 runs in 91.5 overs (554 balls), Extras 6
  • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 106 balls (JH Kallis 36, AG Prince 13, Ex 1)
  • Drinks: South Africa - 340/3 in 104.0 overs (JH Kallis 148, AG Prince 18)
  • JH Kallis: 150 off 238 balls (19 x 4)
  • South Africa: 350 runs in 107.6 overs (652 balls), Extras 7
  • Lunch: South Africa - 385/5 in 119.0 overs (AB de Villiers 20, MV Boucher 0)
  • South Africa: 400 runs in 125.6 overs (760 balls), Extras 11
  • AB de Villiers: 50 off 75 balls (4 x 4, 1 x 6)
  • Drinks: South Africa - 431/8 in 133.0 overs (AB de Villiers 58, DW Steyn 0)
  • South Africa: 450 runs in 136.1 overs (821 balls), Extras 11
  • Pakistan 1st innings
  • Innings Break: Pakistan - 0/0
  • Tea: Pakistan - 17/0 in 6.0 overs (Mohammad Hafeez 7, Kamran Akmal 10)
  • Pakistan: 50 runs in 9.6 overs (60 balls), Extras 0
  • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 60 balls (Mohammad Hafeez 18, Kamran Akmal 34, Ex 0)
  • Drinks: Pakistan - 82/2 in 18.4 overs (Younis Khan 6)
  • Pakistan: 100 runs in 29.2 overs (176 balls), Extras 0
  • End Of Day: Pakistan - 127/5 in 40.0 overs (Shoaib Malik 9, Abdur Rehman 1)
  • Day 3
  • Pakistan: 150 runs in 50.1 overs (302 balls), Extras 6
  • Drinks: Pakistan - 176/6 in 55.0 overs (Shoaib Malik 31, Salman Butt 16)
  • Pakistan: 200 runs in 63.2 overs (381 balls), Extras 13
  • 7th Wicket: 50 runs in 92 balls (Shoaib Malik 23, Salman Butt 21, Ex 7)
  • Shoaib Malik: 50 off 118 balls (5 x 4)
  • Lunch: Pakistan - 219/6 in 68.0 overs (Shoaib Malik 61, Salman Butt 22)
  • Drinks: Pakistan - 238/8 in 80.5 overs (Umar Gul 0)
  • Pakistan: 250 runs in 83.6 overs (506 balls), Extras 20
  • New Ball Taken: Pakistan 267/9 after 91.4 overs (Danish Kaneria 14, Mohammad Asif 3)
  • South Africa 2nd innings
  • Drinks: South Africa - 41/1 in 13.2 overs (HH Gibbs 16)
  • South Africa 2nd Innings: 1x7 ball over (14th over bowled by Abdur Rehman, called by Umpire SJA Taufel)
  • South Africa: 50 runs in 18.1 overs (110 balls), Extras 0
  • End Of Day: South Africa - 76/3 in 32.0 overs (JH Kallis 18, AG Prince 11)
  • Day 4
  • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 133 balls (JH Kallis 28, AG Prince 18, Ex 4)
  • South Africa: 100 runs in 40.1 overs (242 balls), Extras 4
  • Drinks: South Africa - 122/3 in 47.0 overs (JH Kallis 35, AG Prince 39)
  • South Africa: 150 runs in 54.6 overs (331 balls), Extras 6
  • JH Kallis: 50 off 133 balls (4 x 4)
  • Lunch: South Africa - 171/5 in 63.0 overs (JH Kallis 57, MV Boucher 19)
  • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 87 balls (JH Kallis 22, MV Boucher 29, Ex 1)
  • South Africa: 200 runs in 71.2 overs (429 balls), Extras 12
  • Drinks: South Africa - 215/6 in 79.0 overs (JH Kallis 74, A Nel 11)
  • 7th Wicket: 50 runs in 88 balls (JH Kallis 18, A Nel 28, Ex 4)
  • South Africa: 250 runs in 85.1 overs (512 balls), Extras 12
  • JH Kallis: 100 off 201 balls (4 x 4, 1 x 6)
  • Pakistan 2nd innings
  • Pakistan: 50 runs in 11.3 overs (69 balls), Extras 4
  • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 69 balls (Younis Khan 32, Faisal Iqbal 21, Ex 0)
  • Younis Khan: 50 off 51 balls (8 x 4)
  • Pakistan: 100 runs in 23.2 overs (140 balls), Extras 4
  • 3rd Wicket: 100 runs in 122 balls (Younis Khan 61, Faisal Iqbal 40, Ex 0)
  • End Of Day: Pakistan - 146/3 in 33.0 overs (Younis Khan 93, Mohammad Asif 1)
  • Day 5
  • Pakistan: 150 runs in 34.1 overs (205 balls), Extras 4
  • Younis Khan: 100 off 108 balls (15 x 4, 1 x 6)
  • Drinks: Pakistan - 180/4 in 46.0 overs (Younis Khan 113, Misbah-ul-Haq 5)
  • Pakistan: 200 runs in 57.2 overs (344 balls), Extras 8
  • Drinks: Pakistan - 200/5 in 58.0 overs (Misbah-ul-Haq 11, Shoaib Malik 1)
  • Lunch: Pakistan - 230/5 in 69.0 overs (Misbah-ul-Haq 23, Shoaib Malik 15)
  • Drinks: Pakistan - 245/7 in 80.0 overs (Shoaib Malik 20, Abdur Rehman 0)
  • New Ball Taken: Pakistan 245/7 after 80.1 overs (Shoaib Malik 20, Abdur Rehman 0)
  • Pakistan: 250 runs in 81.4 overs (491 balls), Extras 13

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2nd ODI v Pakistan at Lahore - Oct 20, 2007

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Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd Test, Lahore
Inzamam farewell could distract Pakistan - Smith


Graeme Smith, the South African captain, has said Inzamam-ul-Haq's swansong could be a distraction for Pakistan in their must-win second Test starting in Lahore on Monday. South Africa are 1-0 up in the two-match series after a convincing 160-run victory in Karachi.

"It certainly can be I guess," Smith said, when asked if Pakistan's current captain, Shoaib Malik, could be distracted by having his predecessor in the team. "They have a young captain and how he is going to manage that is going to be key for him. It can put a lot of pressure on him. Inzamam carries a huge aura around him in this set-up, which I have noticed playing against Pakistan in the last two years. It will be key how he [Malik] handles it."

Pakistan also hope Mohammad Yousuf will return to the side after pulling out of the first Test at the last minute, citing lack of match fitness. Smith said how Inzamam and Yousuf fit into Pakistan's squad will be crucial to the outcome of the match.

"Their records are world class, but how they fit back into the set-up is a question mark, how much cricket they have played is another question and what is happening to the pitch in Lahore is going to be another issue," he said. "But it's for them to worry. We need to go from strength to strength and we have given ourselves a wonderful opportunity to win a series in the subcontinent." South Africa lost the two-Test series in Pakistan in 2003-04, but had won 1-0 in 1997-98.

Malik, meanwhile, chose to look to look at the second as a final opportunity to play their three most experienced batsmen in the hope of levelling the series. "We batted poorly in the first Test but with Inzamam and Yousuf coming in the side I hope our batting will be very strong. This is our chance to square the series and we will do our best to do that."

AFP

Edited by coolsonu - 07 October 2007 at 12:00pm

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Great. Now just remember, if you support Pakistan then try to post in green. Now it's going to be hard to tell because S. Africa is also green we will understand who you support.

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Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd Test, Lahore....

Inzamam prepares for final battle

Osman Samiuddin in Lahore

October 7, 2007



Inzamam-ul-Haq gets ready for his last Test match AFP



Apart from looking light of paunch, not much about Inzamam-ul-Haq's last touch-football training session appeared any different to the many that preceded it. He ambled around on the periphery, occasionally roused himself to sprint and throw passes, before stopping to amble again. The others accorded him the respect they always have by not really running after him that hard.

Cool as you like he had a bat in the nets, but admitted the occasion got to him. "Today when I went to do batting practice in the nets I got a little bit emotional."

The last year has been unkind to Inzamam and it has brought him to this: resignation from the captaincy, ODI retirement and now from Tests, when he feels he can still play on for a year. "It was a tough decision, but when I looked at the youngsters in the dressing room, I thought they shouldn't be put under pressure and it was better to quit. Every player should realise himself when it is the right time for him to leave.

"There are lots of youngsters who have bright futures and I hope by the time the next World Cup (2011) comes, the team will be in better shape. The way we have performed in the World Twenty20, there are lots of encouraging signs."

Inzamam praised the Pakistan board for affording him this send-off, dignified if a little forced, but it's one very few ex-players have been able to command. He wasn't thinking ahead just yet, however. "My priority is to perform well and help Pakistan draw the series."

His return puts Pakistan in an unusual situation. Shoaib Malik, the captain, rightly sees it as a bulking up of the middle-order, especially with the return also of Mohammad Yousuf. But it could leave them distracted as well, as Graeme Smith has pointed out.

"Both players are coming back after a while and it might affect Pakistan," said Smith. "We're making sure we concentrate on playing the style of cricket we played in the first Test."

But Smith acknowledged that both were serious batsmen, no matter what the situation or context. "We were prepared for Yousuf in the first Test and we have played against Inzamam recently so our game-plan is pretty much in place for these two batsmen. We are pretty comfortable but they are world-class players. How they fit back in their setup is their challenge and how we bowl is our challenge."

Over 20,000 international runs, 35 hundreds and 17 years after his debut, against West Indies in 1991, Inzamam will play his last game at the venue where it all began: the Gaddafi Stadium. "I still remember that game. It feels as if it was only yesterday." If it was, then some day it's been.

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