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Azhar Ali was the only player to be dismissed in the second session of Day Three © AFP (File Photo)

Oct 25, 2013

Pakistan reached 56 for three at tea on Day Three of the second Test match against south Africa at Dubai on Friday.

After resuming the session at two for two, Pakistan lost the wicket of Azhar Ali, who was trapped Leg Before Wicket. The experienced pair of Younis Kahn and Misbah-ul-Haq was at the crease when Tea was taken.

Pakistan reduced the deficit to 362 runs with seven wickets in hand.

Earlier, 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 56 for 3 (Azhar Ali 19, Younis Khan 29*) trail South Africa 517 (Graeme Smith 234, AB de Villiers 164; Saeed Ajmal 6 for 151) by 362 runs.

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