Shafiq Century In Vain As South Africa Win

Asad Shafiq
Asad Shafiq scored an excellent century but it proved to be in vain in Dubai
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Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir took three wickets to finish off Pakistan's second innings
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South Africa 517 (Smith 234, de Villiers 164) beat
Pakistan 99 & 326 by an innings & 92 runs
Second Test, Dubai - series drawn 1-1

Pakistan batsman Asad Shafiq struck an excellent fighting century but it proved to be in vain as South Africa wrapped up an innings victory in the second Test in Dubai.

Shafiq made 130 in 320 balls before his side were bowled out for 326 in their second innings to hand South Africa a win by an innings and 92 runs.

Pakistan were always facing a huge battle after they were bowled out for 99 on the opening day and then seeing South Africa rack up 517 in their only innings.

Misbah-ul-Haq made 88 but once their partnership was broken, South Africa finished things off quite quickly, spinners Imran Tahir and JP Duminy taking three wickets apiece.

The pair resumed with Pakistan on 132 for four and needing to reach 418 to make South Africa bat again. They were solid in the morning session and fended off everything that South Africa had to reach lunch with their wickets intact.

After the break, however, South Africa wrested back control of proceedings. Graeme Smith turned to Dean Elgar and his occasional left-arm spin accounted for Misbah, who was caught by Jacques Kallis having faced 218 balls and shared a fifth-wicket stand worth 197 with Shafiq.

Leg-spinner Tahir then struck quickly to trap both Adnan Akmal (5) and Saeed Ajmal (9) in front after Shafiq had reached his fourth Test century.

With Zulfiqar Babar unable to bat, Shafiq was left with Junaid Khan for company and understandably took a more aggressive approach with the end of the game inevitably approaching, culminating in him being stumped off Duminy.

He made 130 in 320 balls, hitting 15 fours and a six and his dismissal handed Duminy career-best figures of three for 67 and Tahir finished with three for 98.

South Africa wouldn't have dropped off the top of the Test rankings even if they had lost this match, but it was a stunning riposte to their seven-wicket defeat in Abu Dhabi and preserved their remarkable record of not having lost a Test series away from home since 2006.

From Pakistan's point of view, this game as a whole was proof that you can't win a game batting first in the opening session but you can go a long way towards losing it - as they did by failing to reach three figures in their first innings.

Plenty of credit, though, must go to South Africa, who came into this match missing Hashim Amla, with question marks around the fitness of Dale Steyn and finished the job off clinically without letting Faf du Plessis' fine for ball tampering.

The two sides now begin a five One-Day International series in Sharjah on 30th October.

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