Abu Dhabi - Skipper Misbah-ul Haq continued Pakistan's domination of South Africa
with an impressive half-century on the third day of the first Test at
Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Wednesday.
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The 39-year-old continued to
build Pakistan's lead after opener Khurram Manzoor fell for 146, taking
his team to 352-4 at lunch in reply to South Africa's first innings
total of 249.
At the break Misbah was unbeaten on a brilliant 78
and with him Asad Shafif was not out on 40, having added 62 for an
unbroken fifth wicket stand.
Pakistan were leading by 103 runs with six wickets in hand.
at 263-3, Khurram Manzoor and Misbah saw off the second new ball
confidently which left the South African pacemen frustrated as they
looked for an early wicket.
Manzoor, who resumed on 131, bettered
Pakistan's highest individual Test score against South Africa held by
all-rounder Azhar Mahmood who scored 137 in Johannesburg in 1998.
paceman Vernon Philander gave South Africa the much-needed breathrough
by dismissing Manzoor in the sixth over of the day, caught off a slash
in the slip by Jacques Kallis.
Manzoor hit 15 boundaries and
batted solidly through his 388-minute knock. He added 112 for the fourth
wicket with his skipper to strengthen Pakistan's position.
playing for his place in the team after a disastrous Zimbabwe tour
where he managed just 43 in four innings, batted with authority. He has
so far hit four boundaries in his 87-ball knock.
Philander was the
most successful of the bowlers with 2-50 but his pace partner Dale
Steyn is wicketless in his 21 overs on a lifeless pitch.
Africa's lone regular spinner Robin Peterson has also failed to have any
impact, conceding 111 runs without taking a wicket in 27 overs.