Pakistan A, Proteas settle for draw

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The three-day tour fixture between Pakistan and South Africa A at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium ended in an inevitable draw on Thursday.

The three-day tour fixture between Pakistan and South Africa A at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium ended in an inevitable draw on Thursday.

Conditions proved entirely conducive to batting throughout, with all of seven half-centuries proliferated across the Proteas' 354 for eight declared and the hosts' response of 311 for six declared.

Both bowling attacks were put through taxing workouts in conditions primed for batting. Seamer Ehsan Adil proved the pick of the Pakistanis. With three players soon to be added to the Test squad, the 20-year-old right-armer is at the forefront of the selectors' minds.

The tourists' second innings reached 109 for three before captains Graeme Smith and Umar Amin agreed to a stalemate at the tea break. Smith, surprisingly, didn't bat on Thursday – despite falling for a mere two on day one.

This was Smith and company's one and only practice match ahead of this month's two-Test series. The opener will get underway at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 14 October. The Dubai International Cricket Stadium will host the second and final match.

Spin bowling coach Claude Henderson, meanwhile, has suggested South Africa's XI might feature only one specialist slow bowler. "It's going to be such a tough decision, especially if we know it will turn square, to decide who to leave out," he said.

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