Dubai - South Africa kept their seven-year unbeaten away record intact with
an innings and 92-run win over Pakistan in the second and final Test in
Dubai on Saturday, squaring the two-match series 1-1.
It was a
thorough and professional comeback by the world number one Test team
after going down in last week's first Test by seven wickets, but the
Proteas out-batted and out-bowled Pakistan at Dubai stadium.
win was completed with a day and 9.5 overs to spare when Pakistan were
bowled out for 326 in their second innings after they conceded a big
418-run lead in the first innings.
But Pakistan did not go down
without a fight as Asad Shafiq (130) notched his fourth Test hundred
and, along with skipper Misbah-ul Haq (88), frustrated the South
Africans during a 197-run stand for the fifth wicket.
Imran Tahir finished with 3-98 and took a total of eight wickets in the
match, while part-time right-arm offbreak bowler Jean-Paul Duminy took
Shafiq's wicket on the way to career best figures of 3-98.
South Africa's deserved win was tainted by a ball-tampering row on
Friday, when Faf Du Plessis was caught on television cameras scratching
the ball on the zip of his trousers.
The on-field umpires Rod
Tucker of Australia and Ian Gould of England along with television
umpire Paul Reiffel warned South African captain Graeme Smith, changed
the ball and gave five penalty runs to Pakistan.
(International Cricket Council) match referee David Boon of Australia
then fined Du Plessis 50 percent of his match fee on Saturday.
were left to rue their low score of 99 in the first innings which never
allowed them to add to their only series win over South Africa in 2003
and, after their rivals piled up a mammoth 517 runs in reply, the
writing was on the wall.
But when it looked like Misbah and Shafiq
would guide Pakistan towards safety, the Pakistani skipper fell to a
smart move by his counterpart Smith, who brought on part-timer Dean
Elgar, and the left-hand slow bowler did not take long to make an
Misbah's miscued drive off Elgar was well caught by
Jacques Kallis, ending a 349-minute vigil in which he hit six boundaries
and a six off 218 balls.
Shafiq reached his hundred with a superb
on-drive off Duminy for his 11th boundary to complete his second
hundred against South Africa.
In the morning, Misbah and Shafiq
had added injury to South Africa's insult by batting with a resolve to
fight hard after they resumed at 132-4.
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.
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
In all Shafiq batted for seven hours, hit 15 boundaries
and a six in a 320-ball knock, improving on his highest score of 111
made against the same opposition in Cape Town earlier this year.
Misbah followed Shafiq, reaching his 22nd half-century at Test level with a single towards third man off paceman Morne Morkel.
highlight of the match was Smith's epic 234 and AB de Villiers' 164
during their all-time South African Test record stand for the fifth
wicket of 338.
The two teams now play a five-match one-day series,
the first of which will be in Sharjah on Wednesday. They will also play
two Twenty20 internationals.