The opening stand of 135 between Manzoor and debutant Shan Masood set a solid platform for Pakistan. The Pakistan opening duo batted with confidence as South African bowlers failed to extract anything out of the lifeless track the Sheik h Zayed Stadium. The pace bowlers failed to get the early breakthrough while the frontline left-arm spinner Robin Peterson was dealt with quite easily.
Masood scored his maiden half-century off 102 deliveries but fell to part-time spinner JP Duminy for 75. Manzoor looked confident and took on the South African attack with ease.
Azhar Ali fell for 11 looking for a dab shot off Vernon Philander and offering an easy chance to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers. Younis Khan fell to a peach of a delivery off Morne Morkel. Younis failed to keep the ball down and the ball flew off the bat to gully where Alviro Petersen took a catch stretching forward.
Misbah-ul-Haq joined well-set Khurram and arrested the flow of the wickets. The duo added an unbeaten 85 for the third wicket. Misbah (44 not out) hit four boundaries and looked confident facing the South African attack. In the morning session, Pakistan took the remaining two wickets in 19 balls. Mohammad Irfan dismissed Hashim Amla for 118 on the second ball of the day edging it to the second slip. Younis, who took the catch, levelled Javed Miandad’s tally of all-time Test catches of 93.
(With inputs from AFP)
South Africa 249 (Hashim Amla 118, Jean Paul Duminy 57; Zulfiqar Babar 3 for 89) trail Pakistan 263 for 3 (Khurram Manzoor 131*, Shan Masood 75; Morne Morkel 1 for 23) by 14 runs.