Ontong thwarts Pakistan victory bid
29 January, 2013
EAST LONDON: The South African Invitation XI batsmen held out against the touring Pakistan to deny them a first win on their visit.
Pakistan only batted for 5.1 overs on the fourth morning before declaring to give their bowlers a final run before the start of the Test series on Friday. Having resumed only five down, Pakistan lost three quick wickets on the final morning. Dolphins' quick Kyle Abbott trapped Sarfraz Ahmed lbw with the old ball and then bowled both Misbahul Haq and Umar Gul with the new one. Beuran Hendricks got rid of Saeed Ajmal in between that and Pakistan declared on 250, with a lead of 322.
They made early inroads into the hosts' batting line-up with Junaid Khan and Umar Gul removing Andrew Puttick and Stiaan van Zyl. Davy Jacobs showed some resistance but became Mohammed Irfan's first victim after an hour and a quarter at the crease. Irfan was again used only infrequently, although he also picked up the wicket of Cody Chetty. Saeed Ajmal got the most number of overs under his belt and finished the match with four wickets. With Pakistan deciding they could get no more out of the fixture, they agreed to shake hands on a draw with an hour left to play.
Of concern to the visitors will be the fitness of Taufeeq Umar, who had to sit out the fixture with a sore leg, and the brittle middle order. Between them Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah and Asad Shafiq scored only one half-century in the two innings. The Pakistan squad travel to Johannesburg on Tuesday to prepare for the first Test. South Africa also assemble in the city tomorrow.
Pakistan first innings 329 (Sarfraz Ahmed 93, Nasir Jamshed 68, Umar Gul 49, K Abbott 3-82, S Harmer 5-88)
Pakistan second innings 250-9 dec (Mohammad Hafeez 83, Misbahul Haq 55, K Abbott 4-26)
South African Invitation XI first innings 257 (V van Jaarsveld 92, D Vilas 62, Junaid Khan 3-76, Saeed Ajmal 3-66)
South African Invitation XI second innings 190-5 (V van Jaarsveld 43, J Ontong 51, Mohammad Irfan 2-26).