JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Two part-time bowlers spoiled Graeme Smith's big day as South Africa were bowled out for 253 on the first day of the first Test against Pakistan at the Wanderers Stadium yesterday.
South Africa were dismissed after Smith, celebrating 100 Tests as captain and his 32nd birthday, won the toss and decided to bat in what were always likely to be challenging conditions on a pitch with pace and bounce.
Pakistan survived two overs at the end of the day, finishing on 0-6.
The South African batsmen did well enough against Pakistan's front line bowlers, but lost five wickets to part-timers Younis Khan and Mohammad Hafeez and another to a run-out.
Younis took only his eighth wicket in an 80-Test career to dismiss Hashim Amla with his third delivery of the match, while offspinner Hafeez did even better, taking 4-16 after only being introduced in the 71st over.
Hafeez, who had taken 29 wickets in 29 Tests before the game had AB de Villiers caught behind off his first ball.
Remarkably, Hafeez was given the second new ball and struck again four balls later when Robin Peterson padded up and was bowled by a straight delivery.
He then had Dean Elgar caught behind playing down the legside and wrapped up the innings by bowling Morne Morkel.
The other four wickets fell in more conventional fashion, with opening bowlers Umar Gul and Junaid Khan taking two each.
South Africa's last five wickets fell for 21 runs.
The build-up to the match was dominated by Smith's feat of becoming the first player in history to achieve 100 captaincies.
But he did not have long to dwell on the landmark as he and Alviro Petersen had to survive some accurate, hostile bowling from Junaid and Gul.
Smith and Petersen saw off the initial threat but a switch of ends got the wickets of the openers.
The left-armed Junaid squared up Petersen and had him caught at third slip for 20.