Abu Dhabi - AB de Villiers hit a fighting fifty to delay Pakistan's victory march
over South Africa on the fourth day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on
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The aggressive batsman was unbeaten at lunch on 52 and
with him Faf du Plessis was eight not out, both having added 21 for the
unbroken seventh wicket stand.
South Africa, on 130-6, still need 63 runs to avoid an innings defeat in the first Test of the two-match series.
bowlers grabbed two wickets on the fourth morning to boost their
chances on a Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch offering good turn to their
twin-spin attack led by Zulfiaqar Babar (2-16) and Saeed Ajmal (1-38).
spinner Babar dismissed nightwatchman Dale Steyn (seven) and then
paceman Jinaid Khan removed Jean-Paul Duminy (nought) as South Africa
struggled against a spirited bowling attack.
Steyn had frustrated
Pakistan in the first hour, playing defensively till the 12th over of
the day when Babar introduced into the attack and with his first
delivery bowled the nightwatchman.
Duminy, who hit 57 in South
Africa's first innings of 249, could survive just five deliveries before
he was trapped leg-before by Khan, leaving South Africa tottering at
109-6. Khan had figures of 2-32.
Pakistan could have removed du
Plessis but wicket-keeper Adnan Akmal failed to catch a faint edge and
missed the stumping as the batsman was out of his crease after playing
De Villiers brought up his 33rd Test half-century with a
big six off Babar. He has so far hit four boundaries and six off 106
The second and final Test will be played in Dubai from October 23.