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DUBAI---When Pakistan was
beaten by lowly ranked Zimbabwe
at Harare in a Test match last
month, coach Dav Whatmore was
still confident his team would be
competitive when up against top-
ranked South Africa in the hot and
humid conditions of the United
So the seven-wicket win against
the Proteas in the first test this week
did not surprise Whatmore as he
prepared the team for the second
test, starting Wednesday.
"I wasn t surprised we did well,"
Whatmore said after his team s train-
ing session in Dubai on Sunday.
Whatmore was criticized after
Pakistan won only one of its last five
tests this year before coming to Abu
Dhabi, a sequence that included a
3-0 whitewash against South Africa
and a 1-1 draw against Zimbabwe.
But Whatmore was sure Pakistan
would bounce back once they play
in the more familiar conditions of
the UAE where it had been playing
its "home" series since the 2009
terror attack on the Sri Lanka team
bus at Lahore stopped foreign teams
from touring Pakistan.
"People leading up to this series
in Pakistan they were alluding to the
fact...you lost against Zimbabwe and
here you are going to play the No.
1 team in the world, no chance,"
Whatmore said. "In my mind I knew
that we can be competitive ... the
conditions were different (in South
Africa and Zimbabwe) and we have
little change of our playing person-
"I mean these things do matter,
but unfortunately there are people
there (in Pakistan) who perhaps just
look at the surface, don t think of
The selectors dropped opener
Mohammad Hafeez after Pakistan s
Twenty20 captain scored only 102
runs in his last 10 Test innings and
replaced him with 24-year-old left-
hander Shan Masood.
"That was the selectors decision
and I think some credit should be
given to them in terms of the ability
to see a player in Shan Masood,"
Whatmore said. "Sometimes a bold
decision does not come off, other
times it does, I think you have to
give credit where it is due.
"He s got a good temperament
and I think he has got a very bright
Whatmore had long been asking
his openers to take the shine off the
new ball by establishing big part-
nerships, but Pakistan openers had
not registered a century stand in 18
Khurram Manzoor (146) scored a
big century and Masood made an
impressive 75 as their century stand
laid Pakistan s foundation of a solid
442 in the first innings against South
Africa for a lead of 193 runs.
"I ve always said that if we are
serious about winning test matches
then we need to improve our ability
to negotiate the new ball," Whatmore
said. "We were reasonably successful
in that and that was one of the rea-
sons we ve done well."
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq
also capitalised on his openers
achievement by scoring 100 while
Asad Shafiq (54) also scored a fine
half century as South Africa bowlers
bowled short and gave Pakistan bat-
ters plenty of time to adjust their
Whatmore has seen South Africa
bounce back from setbacks before,
including a series against Sri Lanka
in 2000 when the Proteas lost the
first test but came back to win the
second and draw the third to draw
"This South African unit is quite
resilient," he said. "I ve had a first-
hand experience ... so you write them
off at your peril."
Pakistan s only worry is the fitness
of lanky fast bowler Mohammad
Irfan, who came off the ground
briefly during the first innings at
Abu Dhabi with an undisclosed
Whatmore said the 7-foot-1
bowler needs to be properly han-
"He s obviously big player in all
three formats, but at the end of the
day you don t want Mohammad
Irfan injured," he said. "You want
him available for selection, so I think
we need to be a little bit careful how
we manage him...whether it s a Test
match or one-day it s immaterial."
DUBAI---South Africa coach Russell
Domingo expects his bowlers to strike
back after Pakistan took a shock 1-0
lead in the two-match Test series with
a seven-wicket victory.
It was South Africa s first defeat in
the last 16 Test matches and puts in
danger its seven-year record of not los-
ing a test series away from home.
"I have got bowlers in this group of
players who are capable of getting 20
wickets. We need to implement our
plans better and be a lot more disci-
plined," Domingo said yesterday as
South African players practised in the
The first Test ended Thursday at Abu
Dhabi with a day to spare. The four-
pronged South African pace attack was
found wanting as it bowled too short
of length with Pakistan s first innings
lead of 193 proving decisive.
The second Test starts Wednesday
at Dubai International Stadium.
Domingo doesn t expect to tinker
too much with his bowling lineup
although he s still not sure whether
leading batsman Hashim Amla will join
the squad after flying back home to be
with his wife, who is expecting their
"That s not in our control and
Hashim needed to be with his wife,"
Domingo said. "(We need) to have him
in the side not just as a player but as
South Africa s top order failed in both
innings, with the only highlights being
Amla s century and a gritty 90 by A.B.
de Villiers that gave them totals of 249
"The plans won t change massively,"
Domingo said. "What went wrong was
that we just didn t play well enough ...
They outplayed us in every department
and we know that we need to improve."
South Africa s pacemen Dale Steyn
and Vernon Philander did cause Pak-
istan some nerves in their run chase
of 40 by removing three batsmen for
just seven runs inside four overs.
And that has raised the coach s hopes
for the second Test.
"There was a sense leaving the field
after having lost the Test that, if we
had 120 or 130 runs more, we could
have had a real sniff in the game,"
South Africa captain Graeme Smith
showed signs of rustiness on his return
since undergoing ankle surgery after
the 3-0 rout of Pakistan in February,
while Jacques Kallis is yet to fire after
a long break from international crick-
"Every time a South Africa side loses
a match, there are always questions
asked and fingers point at us," Domingo
South Africa s two spinners Robin
Peterson and JP Duminy were out-
classed by Pakistan s spin duo of Saeed
Ajmal and 34-year-old newcomer Zul-
fiqar Babar, who combined for 11 wick-
ets in the match.
South Africa has legspinner Imran
Tahir in the squad but Domingo hinted
the Pakistan-born spinner might sit
out the second Test too. (Cricinfo)
Saaed Ajmal...had Proteas in all sorts
SA coach expects his
bowlers to strike back
Whatmore not surprised by Pakistan win
Khurram Manzoor...scored a brilliant
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