South Africa beat Pakistan by an innings and 92 runs; level series 1-1

Imran Tahir (centre) bagged three wickets to end with a match haul of eight wickets © AFP

Oct 26, 2013

South Africa beat Pakistan by an innings and 92 runs in the second Test to level the two-match Test series 1-1 at Dubai on Saturday.
Resuming the final session of Day Four on 274 for five, Pakistan batsmen bundled out for just 52 runs in the post-tea period of play.
Leg-spinner Imran Tahir starred for the tourists with the ball with a match haul of eight wickets to help South Africa to a series-leveling win after skipper Graeme Smith struck a double century and AB de Villiers hit a fine ton to take South Africa to an imposing 418-run lead in the first innings.
Asad Shafiq’s century and Misbah-ul-Haq’s 88 went in vain as the rest of the batsmen failed to clear the first innings deficit.
Earlier, when it looked like Misbah would guide Pakistan towards safety he fell to a smart move by South African captain Graeme Smith, who brought on part-timer Dean Elgar to bowl.

The left-hand slow blower returned the faith shown in him in his second over when Misbah’s miscued drive was well caught by Jacques Kallis, ending a 349-minute vigil. Misbah hit six boundaries and a six off 218 balls.

Shafiq reached his hundred with a superb on-drive off Jean-Paul Duminy for his 11th boundary to complete his second hundred against South Africa. He had hit 12 fours and a six off 268 balls at tea.
The day began with the news that South Africa’s Faf du Plessis had been fined 50 percent of his match fee on ball tampering charges by match referee David Boon of Australia.

On Friday the 29-year-old South African was caught by television cameras rubbing the ball on the zip of his trousers in an apparent move to change the condition of the ball.

Boon held a hearing later Friday during which Du Plessis pleaded guilty. He became the first South African punished for ball tampering in international cricket.

On the field Misbah and Shafiq added injury to South Africa’s insult by batting with a resolve to fight hard.
Shafiq, on 36, got a reprieve early in the day when a leg-before decision by Australian umpire Rod Tucker was overturned on review. The unlucky bowler was paceman Vernon Philander in the fifth over in the day.

Shafiq, who scored 54 in Pakistan’s seven-wicket win in last week’s first Test in Abu Dhabi, reached his ninth Test fifty when he guided Duminy towards third man.

Misbah followed Shafiq, reaching his 22nd half-century at Test level with a single towards third man off paceman Morne Morkel.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 99 and 326 (Misbah-ul-Haq 88, Asad Shafiq 130; JP Duminy 3 for 65, Imran Tahir 3 for 98) lost to South Africa 517 (Graeme Smith 234, AB de Villiers 164; Saeed Ajmal 6 for 151) by an innings and 92 runs.

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