Hafeez steals the show on Day One

Seemingly oblivious to South Africa's celebrations of Graeme Smith's 100th Test as captain, Pakistan stole the show by bowling out the Proteas for 253 on Day One of the first test. On Smith's 32nd birthday, the Wanderers crowd were expecting a dominant showing from their long-serving leader, only for Pakistan offspinner Mohammad Hafeez to become the unexpected star.

Hafeez took two key middle-order wickets before making short work of the tail to finish with figures of 4/16. He then opened the batting and scored all of Pakistan's runs as the tourists closed on 6 without loss.

After Smith won the toss and elected to bat on a sunny day, Pakistan's bowlers grabbed the initiative and claim six wickets in the final session. All of South Africa's top six made starts, yet Jacques Kallis' 50 was their highest score. Although Pakistan's fast bowlers were slow to find their lengths, they adapted to the conditions and dismissed both Smith and his opening partner, Alviro Petersen, in the space of five deliveries.

Kallis and Hashim Amla rebuilt the innings, then counterattacked after the lunch break, but Pakistan's bowlers maintained their discipline and found excellent support from their fielders to break a crucial stand.

South Africa fought back with a 64-run stand between AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis, only for Hafeez to enter the attack in the 71st over and have De Villiers caught behind with his very first delivery. Du Plessis played on off Junaid Khan shortly after to depart for 41, before South Africa's lower order folded quickly in the face of the second new ball, adding just 23 runs for the final four wickets.

That left Pakistan with a tricky two overs to face at the end, but Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed comfortably survived to make it Pakistan's day.

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