Dubai - Pakistan, fighting to save the second Test, were struggling at two
for two at lunch after South Africa piled up a mammoth 517 on the third
day in Dubai on Friday.
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After conceding a huge 418-run lead,
Pakistan lost both openers, Shan Masood (nought) and Khurram Manzoor for
his second duck, in a disastrous start to their second innings.
removed Masood with a sharp incoming delivery, trapphim lbw, while
Manzoor was caught in the slip off Vernon Philander's fifth ball.
Manzoor, who hit 146 in Pakistan's seven-wicket win in the first Test in Abu Dhabi, got a pair.
At the break, Azhar Ali was unbeaten on two after an extended two-and-a-half hour session due to Friday prayers.
was far from the ideal start Pakistan needed as they were left
frustrated by Graeme Smith (234) and AB De Villiers (164) as South
Africa took command of the match after bowling Pakistan out for a paltry
South Africa had resumed their first innings on 460-4 but
managed to add just 57 as off-spinner Saeed Ajmal warpped up the innings
De Villiers was the first to go as he slashed at an outgoing delivery and was smartly caught by wicket-keeper Adnan Akmal.
Villiers hit 17 fours and a six during a commanding 376-minute innings
and completed an all-time South African fifth wicket record partnership
of 338 with Smith.
Irfan could have removed Smith in his next over
but Akmal once again faltered behind the stumps, dropping a
shoulder-high catch to his left.
But unlike Akmal's dropped catch
off De Villiers on the very first ball on Thursday, this didn't prove
costly as Smith was caught in the slip by Younis Khan in Ajmal's next
Smith's superb knock lasted 10 hours and 32 minutes during
which he dominated Pakistan's bowling, hitting 16 boundaries and facing
With that catch, Younis beat Javed Miandad's record of
most Test catches of 93. It took him 86 Tests, 38 fewer than his
Irfan continued his demolition when he removed Jean-Paul Duminy in his next over with a fuller length delivery for seven.
suffered another jolt when Irfan was removed from the bowling attack by
Australian umpire Rod Tucker for running into the danger zone after a
Ajmal removed the tail by dismissing the last three wickets for his ninth five-wicket haul in Tests.