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DUBAI---The Pakistan seamers dam-
aged South Africa s top order batting
in the first Test, according to batsman
AB de Villiers, and the Proteas have
to adapt quickly for the second and
final Test starting tomorrow.
"They (seamers) got some really big
wickets in the first and second innings
and we have to work on it," de Villiers
said yesterday after his team s net ses-
sion at the ICC Academy in Dubai.
Lanky pacer Mohammad Irfan and
Junaid Khan had reduced South Africa
to 43--3 and then removed Alviro
Petersen and Jacques Kallis cheaply in
the second innings as Pakistan went
1--0 up in the series with a seven-wicket
victory last week.
South Africa has not lost an away
Test series since 2006 when it was
beaten by Sri Lanka 2--0, but the task
to protect their seven-year unbeaten
run will be tougher with another slow
wicket expected to welcome them.
"It s a must-win game for us and
we re going in there with that attitude
to win that game," de Villiers said.
"We re still the No 1 team in the world
and we are going to play like it."
While Pakistan seamers got rid of
the top order, South Africa had only
watched some video footage of 34-
year-old leftarm spinner Zulfiqar Babar
before the Test match as the left-armer
impressed with five wickets on his
"We haven t faced him (Babar) before,
maybe that factor played into the hands
and they used it quite well," de Villiers
While Pakistan fast bowlers pitched
up to the Proteas batsmen, South
Africa s plot of shaking the opponents
with short deliveries didn t work. They
will be looking to bowl to fuller lengths
like they showed briefly when Pakistan
stuttered to 7--3 in their small run-
chase of 40 at Abu Dhabi.
"It s important for us to go with fresh
mindsets, win this test match and not
lose the series," de Villiers said. "We
haven t lost a series in a very long time
... to go in there and try to adapt to
the conditions as quickly as possible
and get momentum on our side."
But to get that momentum back,
South Africa might not have the luxury
of star batsman Hashim Amla, who
has returned home to be with his
expecting wife. Amla gave South Africa
some respectability in the first innings
with his superb 118, but he might not
be in time for the second Test.
In Amla s place, lefthanded Dean
Elgar, who has scored 192 runs in six
Test matches, is expected to be drafted
in to fill the big shoes of world s top-
ranked test batsman.
"It s definitely a big test for him
(Elgar)," de Villiers said. "He hasn t
played a Test match for a while so ...
that s probably the area where he will
feel a little bit doubt."
De Villiers said ideally it would have
suited South Africa to play a test series
before coming to the United Arab Emi-
rates as its last series was in February
when it routed Pakistan 3--0 at home.
The Proteas also had only one three-
day warm-up game against Pakistan
"A where against the second string
bowlers Jacques Kallis, de Villiers,
Petersen and Amla all scored half cen-
"We would have loved a series before
this or a few more warm-up games,"
de Villiers said. "It just wasn t possible
and that s where the best teams in the
world normally believe that they are
ready no matter what.
"But we couldn t get right this time
around and it s disappointing. We want-
ed to play more cricket beforehand but
it was just not possible, going into the
second Test match hopefully we will
De Villiers rated South Africa s per-
formance very low on scale of ten keep-
ing in mind that the Proteas had not
lost its previous 15 test matches before
losing in Abu Dhabi.
"We were probably about two out
of ten comparing to the standards we
have hit ourselves over the last few
years," he said. "We didn t play big
moments well where the Test match
could be turned around. I think they
beat us in all the areas, there aren t lot
of positives so it s pretty much every-
De Villiers wary of
AB de Villiers
DUBAI---Pace bowler Dale Steyn is
doubtful for South Africa s must-win
second Test against Pakistan after sus-
taining a hamstring injury.
South Africa media officer Lerato
Malekutu says the team is "awaiting
Steyn s medical report to give us clarity
on the extent of the injury."
She hopes the medical report will be
received in the next 24 hours.
Steyn injured his right hamstring
during team practice on Sunday and
did not participate in the team s work-
South Africa s premier batsman,
Hashim Amla, has also not yet rejoined
the team after flying back home to be
with his expecting wife.
Amla scored a century in the first
innings in Abu Dhabi, but Pakistan won
the first test by seven wickets. The sec-
ond Test starts tomorrow. (AP)
South Africa pace bowler
Steyn injures hamstring
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