Pakistan v SA

Harris removes Azhar

2010-11-16 10:12
Paul Harris (Gallo)
Dubai - Left-arm spinner Paul Harris provided the only breakthrough for South Africa on Tuesday as Pakistan fought hard to stave off defeat at the Dubai Stadium on the fifth and final day of their first Test.

Azhar Ali, who scored 63 before he was bowled by Harris, and Younis Khan compiled a 82-run partnership for the third wicket, keeping Pakistan's hopes alive after they were set a big, 451-run target.

At lunch Pakistan, were 187-3, needing 264 more runs to win or to bat for 58 overs to draw the match.

Younis, playing his first Test since July last year, was unbeaten on a fighting 46 while skipper Misbah-ul-Haq was unbeaten on 14 as South Africa failed to do much on a fifth-day wicket which had slow turn to offer.

With scant assistance from the pitch, South Africa also fell short on fielding as they dropped two crucial catches off Younis and Misbah, hurting their chances of taking the lead in the two-Test series.

Harris bowled Ali with a superb delivery which turned to beat the forward defensive push and hit the off-stump. Ali, who made 56 in the first innings, hit seven boundaries during his dour 150-ball knock.

Resuming at 109-2, Pakistan had a lucky escape in the fourth over of the day when Younis, on 16, edged paceman Dale Steyn but wicket-keeper Mark Boucher failed to hold a regulation catch towards his right.

Younis has so far hit three boundaries during his patient 112-ball knock.

Skipper Misbah was also lucky when Hashim Amla dropped a bat-pad edge off Johan Botha at short-leg when the batsman had made eight.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

24 May 2017
England v South Africa, Leeds 00:00
27 May 2017
England v South Africa, Southampton 00:00
29 May 2017
England v South Africa, London 00:00
Previous Results

Date Match Result

Having shared their two-Test series, who will win the five-match ODI series between Pakistan and South Africa?

Love 2 Meet
SuperBru Super Rugby challenge

Enter and challenge Sport24's staff!


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.