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Misbah-ul-Haq scored his fourth Test century on Wednesday © AFP (File Photo)

Oct 16, 2013

Pakistan reached 429 for eight after skipper Misbah-ul-Haq struck a fine century at tea on Day Three of the first Test match against South Africa at Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Pakistan extended the lead to 180 runs.

Misbah was dismissed soon after reaching the triple-figure mark trying to play across the line to an incoming delivery by Dale Steyn. He reviewed the decision, but it didn’t go in his favour.

Asad Shafiq too got out after looking good crossing the half-century mark.

Earlier, the hosts lost only one wicket in the morning session — centurion Khurram Manzoor falling to Vernon Philander for 146.

Manzoor’s score of 146 is the highest by any Pakistan batsman in history.

Earlier on Day Two, Pakistan opener Khurram Manzoor’s unbeaten 131 helped Pakistan take a 14-run lead at the end.

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.

Brief scores:

South Africa 249 (Hashim Amla 118, Jean Paul Duminy 57; Zulfiqar Babar 3 for 89) trail Pakistan 429 for 8 (Khurram Manzoor 146, Shan Masood 75, Misbah-ul-Haq 100, Asad Shafiq 54; Vernon Philander 2 for 75) by 180 runs.

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