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Cricket: South Africa lose openers early

Pakistan gambled on an inexperienced pace bowling attack and were rewarded when they dismissed both South African opening batsmen early on the first day of the third and final Test at SuperSport Park on Friday. That left South Africa on 104 for two as the sides took their first break of the day.

Cricket: Kallis out injured as South Africa bat

South Africa won the toss and decided to bat in the third and final Test against Pakistan at SuperSport Park on Friday. Star South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis was ruled out with a calf strain. Dolphins fast bowler Kyle Abbott, called up as cover earlier in the week, earned a first Test cap. South Africa, who clinched the series by winning the first two Tests, had one other injury-enforced change, with Rory Kleinveldt replacing fellow fast bowler Morne Morkel. Pakistan made three changes from the side beaten by four wickets in the second Test in Cape Town.

UPDATE 1-Cricket-South Africa on course for series win

(Updates at tea) By Nick Said CAPE TOWN, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Brilliant bowling on the fourth day set South Africa on course for victory after they went to tea at 66 for two chasing a target of 182 against Pakistan in the second test at Newlands on Sunday. Hashim Amla (32 not out) and Graeme Smith (29) were positive in their approach on a wicket that is still good for batting, though the latter was out just before the break to give Pakistan hope.

UPDATE 3-Cricket-Peterson hauls S.Africa back into second test

(Updates at close) * Peterson leads South Africa to 326 all out * Pakistan 112 runs ahead at close of play By Nick Said CAPE TOWN, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Robin Peterson and AB de Villiers hauled South Africa back into the game on the third day of the second test against Pakistan at Newlands on Saturday.

Cricket-Philander claims five, Pakistan 338 all out

By Nick Said CAPE TOWN, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Vernon Philander claimed his ninth five-wicket haul in tests as South Africa dismissed Pakistan for 338 on the stroke of lunch on the second day of the second test at Newlands on Friday. Resuming on 253 for five, the tourists looked in danger of folding within an hour of the morning session as they lost three early wickets but as has been the pattern in the test so far found batting against an older ball comfortable.

Cricket: South Africa v Pakistan slunch coreboard

Scores at lunch on the third day of the first Test between South Africa and Pakistan at the Wanderers Stadium. South Africa, first innings, 253 Pakistan, first innings, 49 South Africa, second innings (overnight 207-3) A. Petersen c Mohammad Hafeez b Umar Gul 27 G. Smith c Sarfraz Ahmed b Umar Gul 52 H. Amla not out 74 J. Kallis c Asad Shafiq b Saeed Ajmal 7 A. de Villiers not out 103 Extras (lb4, nb5, w3) 12

Cricket: Pakistan part-timers ruin Smith's historic day

Two part-time bowlers spoiled Graeme Smith's big day as South Africa were bowled out for 253 on the first day of the first Test against Pakistan at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday. South Africa were dismissed after Smith, celebrating 100 Tests as captain and his 32nd birthday, won the toss and decided to bat in what were always likely to be challenging conditions on a pitch with pace and bounce. Pakistan survived two overs at the end of the day, finishing on six for no wicket.

Cricket: Pakistan part-timers ruin Smith's historic day

Two part-time bowlers spoiled Graeme Smith's big day as South Africa were bowled out for 253 on the first day of the first Test against Pakistan at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday. South Africa were dismissed after Smith, celebrating 100 Tests as captain and his 32nd birthday, won the toss and decided to bat in what were always likely to be challenging conditions on a pitch with pace and bounce. Pakistan survived two overs at the end of the day, finishing on six for no wicket.
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