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Cricket | Domestic Cricket

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Pakistan collapse against SA Inv XI



The Pakistanis collapsed spectacularly on day one of their only warm-up match against the South African Invitation XI at Buffalo Park in East London on Friday.

The Pakistanis lost six wickets for just 45 runs in the second session of the first day with Kyle Abbott, Beuran Hendricks and Simon Harmer each picking up two wickets with the visitors ending the day on 178-6, after winning the toss and choosing to bat first earlier in the day.

The two openers had guided the Pakistanis to lunch on 100-1, but Abbott got the breakthrough shortly after the break when he dismissed Hafeez for 55 (95).

The familiar Pakistan collapse then started with Azhar Ali the first to fall, managing just two runs before he was dismissed by Simon Harmer.

He was followed by Younis Khan, caught behind by Dane Vilas for five as Hendricks picked up his first wicket.

Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq couldn't stick around for much longer and he was gone for four, becoming Hendricks's second victim.

Disaster continued for the visitors as Asad Shafiq was clean bowled by Abbott and the touring side had started to collapse spectacularly.

Through all the tumbling wickets it looked like Jamshed might be able to put up a fight and shepherd the tail, but he too departed soon, caught by Cody Chetty of Harmer's bowling for 68 (158).

The Paksitanis were in all sorts of trouble, having folded from 105-1 to 145-6, giving the hosts some impetus leading into the final session of the first day.

The final session didn’t have much to offer, though, as it was constantly interrupted by rain and bad light.

The two tailenders, Sarfraz Ahmed and Umar Gul could add just 33 runs before stumps was called early due to bad light.

Gul, though, never one to do things quietly, did manage to spice things up, hitting a six in the final over of the day to take him to an unbeaten 23 while Ahmed ended the day on 10*.

SOUTH AFRICAN INVITATION XI: Justin Ontong (captain), Dane Vilas (w/k), Davy Jacobs, Andrew Puttick, Stiaan van Zyl, Cody Chetty, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Wayne Parnell, Beuran Hendricks, Simon Harmer, Kyle Abbott

PAKISTAN: Mohammed Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (w/k), Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan

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