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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, November 14, 2013
South Africa s Lonwabo Tsotsobe
and Dale Steyn sliced through Pak-
istan s top order to effectively end
the match before it had even prop-
erly begun, yesterday.
They drilled the holes from which
Pakistan s structure collapsed, even-
tually succumbing to their fourth
total under 100 in this format and
giving their bowlers no chance as
South Africa came away with a nine-
wicket win in the first Twenty20
International (T20I) in Dubai, United
While South Africa s attack used
the short ball cleverly, poor shot
selection accounted for most of Pak-
istan s undoing and none were guilti-
er than the three batsmen who were
dismissed early. With non-existent
footwork, they chased tempting
deliveries placed outside the offs-
tump and laced with a hint of swing.
Ahmed Shehzad flayed loosely and
got a thick edge to slip, where
Hashim Amla took a good catch.
Sohaib Maqsood was equally irre-
sponsible, proding at a Steyn delivery
to give Quinton de Kock a simple
chance. And Mohammad Hafeez did
as expected, against Steyn. He tried
to cut one that was just back of a
length and also sent an edge de
Kock s way.
Pakistan were four for three after
two overs and there was no way back
even after Shahid Afridi had been
promoted to No 3. He watched the
carnage from his end before launch-
ing Tsotsobe over mid-off to try and
play his normal game.
Umar Akmal was Pakistan s last
man standing and the only one who
seemed at ease against the short ball.
He accounted for half of Pakistan s
total but in his haste to add a half-
century to his feats for the evening,
he was run out off the penultimate
delivery for 49.
Defending 98 was always going
to be tough but Pakistan made it
harder for themselves when they
missed a chance off the first ball.
Hashim Amla edged to slip but
Sohaib Maqsood barely moved. After
Amla had played two classy drives,
he moved across his stumps to whip
Tanvir away but was bowled.
Quinton de Kock and Faf du
Plessis looked set to finish things
quickly as they reached 37 for 1 after
five overs but were forced to be more
careful against the spinners. They
dragged the match past its halfway
stage and then accelerated.
De Kock s good form from the
one-day series continued. He
smoked the ball over midwicket for
six, twice. South Africa won the
match with five and half overs
remaining and sent a powerful mes-
sage ahead of the remaining fixture
in the UAE and the two return legs
back home. (ESPNcricinfo)
SYDNEY---Stuart Broad provided
a strong intimation of form but Eng-
land s bowlers failed to suppress a
batting fightback from a Cricket Aus-
tralia Invitational XI yesterday, the
first day of a four-day tour match.
Broad took three wickets and Steven
Finn took two as England reduced the
combined XI to 93 for five after win-
ning the toss and bowling.
But after the fifth wicket fell in the
32nd over, the flow of wickets dried
up. Ryan Carters made 94 not out
and captain Peter Nevill 76 not out
in an unbroken 178-run partnership
which steered the Invitational XI to
271 for five by stumps.
Broad returned 3-36 from 20 overs
and Finn took 2-79 from 22.
The Ashes series starts next week
in Brisbane and the current match
provides England with its last warm-
up before the first test.
James Anderson, who will share the
new ball with Broad in Brisbane, was
rested for the Sydney match, leaving
an opportunity for Finn or Boyd
Rankin to press their claims for the
third seamer s role in the England
But after Broad claimed three of
the first four wickets, knocking the
top off the Invitational XI s order,
England s bowlers struggled to press
home their advantage.
Finn removed Ed Cowan for 51 after
the former test opener had started
the home team s batting recovery. But
neither he nor Rankin made com-
pelling cases for their inclusion in the
test side behind Broad and Anderson.
Rankin had 0-60 from 20 overs,
bowling with good pace but failing to
join Broad in unsettling the Australian
team s batsmen.
Broad was up-beat and said the
tourists were well-placed with their
The Invitational XI was severely
weakened by the withdrawals of sev-
eral of its big name players, including
Usman Khawaja, Phil Hughes, Adam
Voges and Steve O Keefe. England had
been due to play a New South Wales
second XI but it protested that it
needed a stronger workout in the lead-
up to the Ashes.
Cricket Australia sought to provide
that but the strength of the combined
side was diminished by withdrawals
through injury or because players were
claimed for domestic matches.
The resistance provided by Carters
and Nevill was, therefore, more con-
founding to the England bowlers.
Cowan, who opened the batting and
survived the early collapse, seemed
set for a substantial innings before
pulling a ball from Finn directly to
Carters hit ten fours and a six in a
199-ball innings and was closing in
on a maiden first-class century at
stumps, while Nevill pressed his case
for being considered a test understudy
to Brad Haddin.
Broad underscored his threat to
Australia with another period of fast
and accurate swing bowling.
He removed Aaron Finch in the sec-
ond over, caught behind for four, then
had Callum Ferguson trapped lbw for
8. He returned after lunch to have Ben
Rohrer caught at gully to a brilliant
catch by Michael Carberry. (AP)
South Africa beats
Pakistan in first T20
South Africa's Dale Steyn, third from left, is crowded by his teammates in
celebration for him dismissing Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez early in the
first T20I in Dubai, UAE, yesterday. South Africa won by nine wickets.
PHOTO COURTESY ESPNCRICINFO
South Africa 99-1 in 14.3 overs
(Quinton de Kock 48 not out, Faf
du Plessis 37 not out; Sohail
Tanvir 1-21) vs Pakistan 98-9
(Umar Akmal 49; Dale Steyn 3-
15). South Africa won by nine
bowling load for England
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