Pakistan extend lead to 103 against South Africa on Day 3 at Abu Dhabi

Misbah-ul-Haq was unbeaten on 78 © AFP (File photo)

Oct 16, 2013

Pakistan are in a strong position against South Africa, having extended their first-innings lead to 103 runs at lunch on Day Three of the first Test at Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Misbah-ul-Haq was batting on 78 accompanied by Asad Shafiq at 40, as Pakistan batsmen continue to impress after a slump in past few months.

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 352 for 4 (Khurram Manzoor 146, Shan Masood 75, Misbah-ul-Haq 78*, Asad Shafiq 40*; Vernon Philander 2 for 50) by 103 runs.

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