Pakistan v South Africa, 1st Test, Dubai, 5th day November 16, 2010

Younis century secures fighting draw


Stumps Pakistan 248 and 343 for 3 (Younis 131*, Misbah 76*) drew with South Africa 380 and 318 for 2 dec (Amla 118*, Kallis 135*)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Younis Khan defied South Africa to guide Pakistan safely to a draw in the first Test at Dubai, cracking an unbeaten 130 - his 17th Test hundred and his third fourth innings century in his last three Tests against the South Africans. Pakistan's top order resisted everything South Africa's bowlers could hurl at them and, befitting the occasion on the first day of Eid, passed a number of records in a feast of runscoring.

Younis was ably assisted by Azhar Ali, who contributed a brave 63, and captain Misbah-ul-Haq, with whom he added an unbeaten 186 for the fourth wicket - Pakistan's highest partnership in Tests against South Africa. The match was called off shortly after entering the final hour of the day as Pakistan reached 343 for 3, their highest fourth innings total in Tests.

South Africa were left ruing three clear chances that went down as Younis was dropped by Mark Boucher on 16 and Jacques Kallis when he had reached 70, while Hashim Amla couldn't quite cling on to a tough chance off Misbah at short leg minutes before lunch. Younis, who had experience of just this sort of situation having scored fourth-innings hundreds against South Africa at Lahore and Karachi in 2007, took full toll as he and Azhar took the honours in the first hour this morning, compiling an 82-run partnership, though not without some luck.

Younis had started tentatively, fencing outside off stump and getting a thin edge to a Steyn outswinger that dropped short of Boucher in the second over of the day. In Steyn's next over he slashed wildly outside off stump to send a chance flying to the right of a diving Boucher, but the ball spilled out of the wicketkeeper's gloves as he hit the ground. With a panicked Younis stranded mid-pitch, a shy at the stumps went wide to give him yet another life.

At other end, Azhar was still visibly battling with the effects of the blow to the hand he received on the fourth afternoon but quickly settled into a defensive groove, and as the batsmen eased to Pakistan's highest third-wicket partnership of 2010 - beating the 65 this same pair put on in the first innings - Smith turned Johan Botha's offspin and Jacques Kallis's reliable seamers.

While Botha kept things tight, finding a reasonable amount of turn and variable bounce, Kallis tested Azhar's mettle with a series of short-pitched deliveries with fielders circling close in at midwicket, cover and short leg. The first thumped painfully off his hand and into his ribs, but Azhar quickly waved the medical staff off the field and counter-attacked in fine style, thumping the next ball - another bouncer - to the midwicket boundary.

The partnership had reached 80, Azhar reaching a third Test half-century, when Paul Harris joined the attack with almost immediate results. Coming round the wicket, he spun the final ball of his first over of the day past the outer half of Azhar's bat and onto the off stump. South Africa celebrated the dismissal with due enthusiasm, and Misbah entered a testing cauldron as the spinners operated in tandem with men all around the bat and the appearance of renewed life in the pitch.

Botha created another chance as, just before lunch, the ball exploded out of the rough and bounced off Misbah's glove towards Amla under the helmet at short leg. Misbah was out in identical circumstances in the first innnings, but Amla couldn't quite grasp onto the chance today, the ball bobbling out of his hands as his shoulder hit the turf.

Younis, a bundle of fidgety energy first thing this morning, burst into life after the interval. With no forewarning, he leapt down the wicket to smite a floated offspinner from Botha high over long-on and followed that up with a powerful sweep to long leg. Steyn returned with the old ball and was immediately slapped for two smouldering fours, through mid-off and deep cover. That prompted Smith to take the new ball - already overdue - and an eventful over was completed when Younis thrust his bat out at a ball he might have left and a thick edge burst through Kallis's hands at third slip to leave the fast bowler absolutely livid.

It appeared a fourth chance had been pouched when a delivery from Morkel ricocheted off Younis's pad and Amla plucked it out of the air at short leg, but Asoka de Silva decided there had been no inside edge and was vindicated by replays. Younis retaliated by scorching an imperious drive on the up through cover, and as the heat of the afternoon began to take its toll tempers frayed on both sides.

Morkel opted for a bruising, round-the-wicket line of attack once again and after a series of bouncers engaged in some heated banter with Younis. Both Misbah and Umpire Daryl Harper stepped in to appeal for calm, Harper warning Morkel for running on the pitch, and amid an eventful spell Misbah survived an enthusiastic appeal for lbw off the same bowler. After Younis flowed past his hundred with 12 runs in a single Botha over, Misbah brought up his own fifty with a mighty slog-sweep over deep midwicket just before tea, and suddenly it appeared that Pakistan might have a world-record chase in mind.

It soon became clear that a draw would be regarded as a victory in itself, however, as both Younis and Misbah settled into stubborn defence. With the match meandering towards a draw, Younis helped himself to two more sixes off Botha before both captains decided to call the game off minutes into the final hour.

Liam Brickhill is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Amol on November 21, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    cric4world: I supported SA far back EVEN in the span of 2001-2004 when SA's greats like Donald, Cullinan, Cronje, Rhodes, Klusener, Kirsten were long gone and SA was in a deep black hole which needed years to be filled in but I was patient, in the same way I'll be when India's Fab 3 (Sachin, Rahul, Laxman) will be long gone, but still will be supporting IND when in those dark days IND will face it's own Black Hole. And yes, that's the reason why I'm still laughing because I had seen far darker days of SA than this day when Pak drew with SA on a flat dead pitch.

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2010, 15:32 GMT


  • rao on November 20, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    @amol again.. i can understand ur frustration though, being a fan of india n south africa this week really killed u, ur number one team couldnt beat number 8 team and ur number 2 team couldnt beat a 2nd string 10 men team that is number 6 on table. still laughing????

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    hahaha kaneria and asif have become the first choice players for pkaistan.

    breaking news hahahah.

    the frontline pacers are shaoib gul for pakistan and not asif and aamer. shaoib has played every game if he is fit and gul is the most succesful bowler of pakistan in recent times. and 3rd kaneria becomes the first choice player. he is out of team for 1 year and you are saying first choice players then take this

    south africa without hershcelle gibbs collin ingram david miller lonwabo wayne parnell charl langeveldt.

    south africa are playing wihtout 6 first choice players against paksitan so just keep dreaming and excusing , wat a breaking news asif and maneria first choice bowlers.hahahahahahaha

  • rao on November 20, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    @amol_ind_sa. u know wat i point is india cant afford to play on bowler friendly wickets.their survival depends on batting friendly wickets.if indian batsmen fail their bowling attack is not good enough to bring them back into a match even if its a bowling friendly wicket.apart from some success in recent past when have u seen indian bowlers exploiting pace and swing of foreign pitches? may b before i was born n kapil used to play. lol... on the other hand pakistan always had a balanced attack n their success ratio at home was almost the same as over seas.rite now they r just a 2nd string team and having a rough patch so u gota admit it.dont expect them to concede the match before coin is tossed.let the boys play and u will see a real balanced team for match fixing greed, how about we all wait for the court decision? or u r shallow enough to believe a vulgar tabloid and a culprit bookie only becoz their sting is against ur arch enemy? HAHAHA

  • Amol on November 20, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    What matters is the result and NEVER speculations like 'IF had player Mr.Talent been present' or 'BUT player Mr. Expert was absent'. All teams have to play with whatever players are available. No excuses for a talented player being absent. The replacement should perform to match the missed talent.

  • Amol on November 20, 2010, 2:35 GMT

    cric4world: (" if bowlers click u can win...") This is true for all teams in Tests. Nothing new. But as for this: ("...n if not its a draw")... It's a bonus for talented teams like IND and SA because both teams have talented batsmen and it's bonus for me because I support both teams.

  • Faisal Mashood on November 19, 2010, 23:38 GMT

    Three of our first choice bowlers: Asif, Aamer and Kaneria, and 2 of our first choice batters: Yousuf and Butt, are missing but we will still beat South Africa.

  • Muhammad on November 19, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    Still less average then Muhammad Yousaf.

  • Faisal on November 19, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    @ Amol: Eventually you are not speaking your mind. Because a label of Pakistan is somewhat not acceptable to you. It is a misfortune that the governing body prevailing in Pakistan cricket is more than an embarrassment for the cricketers. I would like to also add into this conversation that Indian or any other counterpart would have fallen badly, if they have gone through the scandals of match fixing and injuries. No matter, nothing has proved so it would be harsh on the players if we call them fixers or if we call ICC to be doing discrimination. Mind it that your replacement players are not good enough to beat good side in the world as you see what happened in June. Pakistan is only playing his 'B' side since start of test series in Australia this summer. Its a hard time but it won't last for long because you might be forgetting that it is only Pakistan team which has appeared in all the semi-final events of ICC after World Cup 2007 debacle. So be ready for the next one to come. Cheers

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