Warm up game: Pakistan survive early scares

2013-02-11 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Pakistan finished the first day of a two-day match against an Emerging Cobras team, comprised of amateur players from Western Province and Boland, on 127/4, still trailing the hosts by 29.

After some early scares, Faisal Iqbal played a solid innings and captain Misbah-ul-Haq played soundly to take the visitors to stumps yesterday with just four wickets down.

The Emerging Cobras went in to bat first on a difficult pitch.

Pakistan rested all the bowlers from the first Test except Rahat Ali, although Saeed Ajmal was drafted in to bowl an over late in the innings. Rahat Ali took the first wicket as Sharn Gomes was caught behind.

Matthew Kleinveldt and Keegan Petersen put on an attractive partnership of 62 from 92 balls to repair the damage, but Mohammad Irfan dismissed them in successive overs.

Sybrand Engelbrecht battled his way to 22 before being undone by a brute of a delivery from Rahat Ali, which he could only glove to gully.

Taariq Chiecktey had the misfortune as he ducked into a bouncer that stayed low, and gloved a catch to the keeper.

The Emerging Cobras made just 156. If the number of bouncers sent down is anything to go by, the tourists are preparing to fight fire with fire when they move a kilometre or so down the road for the second Test starting on Thursday at Sahara Park Newlands.

The Pakistanis were soon in trouble when they batted. Nasir Jamshed did not take his place at the top of the order, having injured an ankle while fielding.

Imran Farhat and veteran Younis Khan both edged to Ockert Erasmus in the slips. Azhar Ali was bowled by a peach of a yorker from Johan Bothma, and the Pakistanis were in a shaky position at 29 for three.

However, when Bothma and Brendon Young finished their opening spells, the pressure was relieved considerably.

Misbah-ul-Haq joined Faisal Iqbal, and the pair were comfortable in adding 58 off 75 balls. A good catch by Kleinveldt at square leg ended the partnership as Faisal Iqbal miscued a pull. He scored 33.

Asad Shafiq joined his skipper and ensured that there were no further unpleasant surprises. By the close they had added 40.

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