Pakistan Fold For 99 As South Africa Bounce Back

Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir took five wickets on his return to the South Africa side
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Pakistan 99 (Imran Tahir 5-32, Steyn 3-38) v
South Africa 128-2 (Smith 67no)
Second Test, Dubai, day one

South Africa bounced back from their seven-wicket defeat to Pakistan in the opening Test by dismissing them for 99 on the opening day of the second game in Dubai.

After Imran Tahir took five wickets and Dale Steyn three to stun the Pakistanis, the Proteas closed the day on 128 for three, already building a lead.

Graeme Smith made an unbeaten 67 in what was a welcome return to form for him as South Africa put in one of their most complete performances of recent times.

Prior to this match, vice-captain AB de Villiers rated their performance in Abu Dhabi as a two out of 10 but few would begrudge South Africa full marks for their bowling effort at least.

Pakistan lost a wicket to the second ball of the game when Khurram Manzoor was caught by Faf du Plessis off Steyn and 36.2 overs later, their innings had been wrapped up.

Steyn, who was passed fit to play despite missing training earlier in the week with a tight hamstring, also removed Younus Khan (2) and Junaid Khan (4) but Imran Tahir, included at the expense of Robin Peterson, had a memorable day.

He bowled Shan Masood for 21 and then removed Misbah-ul-Haq (2) and Adnan Akmal (0) in quick succession as Pakistan slumped to 60 for six at lunch.

Soon after, Saeed Ajmal was run out for a duck and when Asad Shafiq was bowled by Tahir for 10, Pakistan were 76 for eight.

That became 76 for nine when Tahir wrapped up his five-wicket haul by bowling Mohammad Irfan but South Africa were briefly frustrated by Junaid, and Zulfiqar Babar, who top scored with 25 as the pair put on 23 for the final wicket.

Tahir finished with five for 23, Steyn three for 38 and Morne Morkel, who dismissed Azhar Ali for 19, leg before wicket, took one for nine.

This was the second time that Pakistan were dismissed for 99 at this ground, having also hit the same score against England in February 2012. That score is their equal 15th lowest in Test cricket.

South Africa selected Dean Elgar to replace the unavailable Hashim Amla and he had to wait 10.5 overs before coming to the crease as Petersen was trapped in front by Babar for 26.

He made 23 in 70 balls but having done the hard work and made a solid start he was caught by Azhar off Ajmal, who struck again to remove Jacques Kallis for seven as wickets continued to fall.

However, Smith, who struggled during the opening Test, stood firm, hitting four fours during his 138-ball innings of 67 not out to keep South Africa on course.

Nightwatchman Steyn had made three in 20 balls when stumps were drawn with South Africa already 29 runs to the good.

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