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14-Feb-2013 16:25:00 GMT
South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 1st day

Centurion Younis, Shafiq Fight Back

Cape Town: Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq staged a fightback after Pakistan lost their first four wickets for 33 runs on the first day of the second Test against South Africa at Newlands on Thursday.

Pakistan ended 253 for five at stump on day one.

Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq, both scored magnificent hundreds and put on a splendid 219 run stand for the 5th wicket before the former was dismissed by Philander for 111. Younis Khan scored his 21st Test ton while Shafiq notched up his 3rd.

A tougher day for South Africa than many would have imagined. Pakistan showed their middle order strength after 33 for 4. Shafiq and Younis showed good understanding at the crease, focused on batting out sessions and the pair nearly batted out two full sessions.

Shafiq's been fairly solid, save for a few pokes outside off that nearly cost him his wicket.

It was slow going at times, with Khan and Shafiq adding only 14 runs in the first 13 overs after lunch.

The 50 partnership was posted off 151 balls, but their second 50 was scored off 88 deliveries and it was a valuable partnership, with memories of Pakistan's dismissal for 49 in the first innings of the first Test in Johannesburg still fresh in the minds.

Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander took two wickets each, while Dale Steyn claimed one after South African captain, Graeme Smith, captaining his country for the 100th time, sent the tourists in to bat.

Smith proved correct in his assessment of partly cloudy conditions, following early morning rain, and a pitch with a tinge of green that offered good bounce.

Opening batsmen Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed started cautiously, scoring just 10 runs before the left-handed Jamshed was caught behind off Philander for three.

He had survived a chance to Faf du Plessis at gully off the previous delivery.

Hafeez edged Steyn to first slip after making 17 before the tall Morkel took two wickets in an over, having Azhar Ali caught behind attempting an extravagant drive and then seeing Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq caught at short leg off a sharply rising delivery.

Breif scores
253 for 5 (Shafiq 111*, Younis 111)

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