South Africa were in sight of a crushing second Test victory over Pakistan on Friday but ended the third day in Dubai defending themselves against accusations of ball tampering.
The Proteas, seeking a series-levelling win, once again rocked Pakistan’s top order with three early wickets after compiling a mammoth 517 in their first innings for a huge 418-run lead at Dubai stadium.
At the close, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq (42) and Asad Shafiq (28) took their side to 132 for four, still needing a whopping 286 runs to avoid an innings defeat.
But South Africa’s bid to preserve their seven-year unbeaten away series record was tainted when they were docked five penalty runs after television replays showed Faf du Plessis apparently trying to tamper with the ball in Pakistan’s 31st over.
The two umpires, Rod Tucker of Australia and Ian Gould of England, called South African captain Graeme Smith for a warning, changed the ball and added five penalty runs to Pakistan’s total.
Pakistan 99 and 132 for 4 (Younis Khan 36, Misbah-ul-Haq 42*) trail South Africa 517 (Graeme Smith 234, AB de Villiers 164; Saeed Ajmal 6 for 151) by 386 runs.