Smith fails before Kallis and company prosper

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South Africa's batsmen, except captain Graeme Smith, enjoyed valuable time at the crease on day one of their three-day tour fixture against Pakistan A at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium on Tuesday.

South Africa's batsmen, except captain Graeme Smith, enjoyed valuable time at the crease on day one of their three-day tour fixture against Pakistan A at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium on Tuesday.

Half-centuries from opener Alviro Petersen, the right-handed Hashim Amla, all-rounder Jacques Kallis and wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers brought a total of 332 for five.

Kallis was the most enterprising of the lot, accruing a sextet of fours and a quartet of sixes in his 70. Spinner Sohaib Maqsood eventually ended the entertaining vigil with a sharp caught-and-bowled opportunity.

The left-handed JP Duminy and patient Faf du Plessis, meanwhile, moved to 49 not out and 21 not out respectively. Smith, however, rued a score of just two – after falling lbw to seamer Ehsan Adil.

The host attack were put through a taxing workout in conditions primed for batting, as Adil proved the pick of the bunch amid figures of one for 52 in 17 overs. 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 teams agreed to field 13 players and enforce a declaration after 100 overs. Wicketkeeper-batsman Thami Tsolekile, meanwhile, was granted compassionate leave following the death of his mother-in-law.

This is the Proteas' 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.

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