Saeed Ajmal

Saeed Ajmal was pick of the Pakistan bowlers in the morning session of Day Three against South Africa in Dubai © AFP

Oct 25, 2013

South Africa have taken a massive lead of 419 runs at lunch on the third day of the second Test match at Dubain on Friday. South Africa were bowled out for 519 largely due to the bowling effort of Saeed Ajmal who picked up six for 151. Pakistan however lost two early wickets in the brief passage before lunch.

Pakistan showed a much-improved bowling performance from Day Two as Mohammad Irfan dismissed AB de Villiers early for 164. Irfan dished out a full delivery outside de Villiers’s off-stump and Adnan Akmal took a simple catch. Graeme Smith (234) fell after adding just seven runs to his overnight score. He was caught by Akmal after dropping him earlier. Saeed Ajmal got his third wicket in the pursuit.

Irfan produced an inswinger to knock JP Duminy over for seven. The tall left-arm fast bowler was running on the danger area. He had been warned twice. In the 149th over, he was warned for the third time and he had to be taken off from the attack.

Ajmal went through the gate of Vernon Philander for eight. The loop was inviting and the ball dipped on Philander and hoodwinked him. He then had Morne Morkel caught at slip for seven and the final wicket was that of his Lahore spin partner (the two made the First-Class debut in the same game) Imran Tahir for two. Faf du Plessis was left stranded on 17.

Pakistan lost openers Shan Masood and Khurram Manzoor in a matter of less than two overs. Will Pakistan show signs of resurrection or will they surrender meekly?

Brief scores:

Pakistan 99 (Zulfiqar Babar 25; Imran Tahir 5 for 32) and 2 for 2 (Azhar Ali 2*; Dale Steyn 1 for 1, Vernon Philander 1 for 1) trail South Africa 517 (Graeme Smith 234, Abraham de Villiers 164; Saeed Ajmal 6 for 151) by 415 runs.

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