Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd Test, Dubai, 4th day October 26, 2013

South Africa preserve away record in Test series

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South Africa 517 (Smith 234, de Villiers 164, Ajmal 6-151) beat Pakistan 99 (Tahir 5-32) & 326 (Shafiq 130, Duminy 3-67) by an innings and 92 runs
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South Africa's unbeaten run in Test series on the road will extend even further after their victory in Dubai, which allowed them to share the spoils of this two-match rubber with Pakistan. The last time South Africa lost a Test series abroad was in Sri Lanka in 2006. Since then, they have become the No. 1 ranked Test team and they will stay there, but their lead will be cut by four points by virtue of the drawn series.

Pakistan have risen to No. 4, thanks to their victory in Abu Dhabi, but were unable to protect fortress UAE, losing in their adopted home for the first time since moving here in 2010. They went down fighting though, with Asad Shafiq notching up his highest score in Test cricket and sharing in a 197-run fifth wicket stand with Misbah-ul-Haq, which kept South Africa in the field for much longer than they would have anticipated.

On the fourth evening, AB de Villiers said the team felt they were one wicket away from running through Pakistan. That dismissal came 20 minutes before tea as Misbah, who had treated South Africa's attack with the caution of someone handling a shipment of crystal glasses, gifted Dean Elgar, the part-time spinner, his first Test wicket. In Elgar's second over, Misbah attempted to slog him out of the park, but got a thick outside edge which Jacques Kallis collected at first slip.

That ended a vigil in which Misbah had ushered Shafiq to his second century against this opposition, and the fourth of his career, and seen off the second new ball to put Pakistan in a position to frustrate South Africa even further. They had only one wicket-taking opportunity before Misbah's lapse in concentration, when Shafiq was given out lbw in the fifth over to a Vernon Philander delivery that pitched on leg-stump and hit him on the front pad. He was on 36 at the time and reviewed with replays showing the ball would have missed leg stump.

Shafiq survived and went on to play a balanced innings combining defence with attack, particularly against the spinners. His footwork against Imran Tahir and JP Duminy was excellent, typified by the shot of the day - a spank over midwicket off Tahir.

Misbah was more stoic, nudging the ball into spaces and encouraging Shafiq to keep the scoreboard moving, but not too quickly. They both brought up half-centuries off 121 balls before slowing down as the second new ball came. Once comfortable against it, Shafiq pushed past his captain after lunch. He danced into the nineties with a boundary off Duminy and brought up his century with a square drive off a full and wide ball from the same bowler. Encouragingly for Pakistan, once the milestone had been reached, Shafiq kept going.

Misbah will be furious that he did not do the same. Although South Africa's attack did not lapse into the lazy short-ball showing they put on in Abu Dhabi, they seemed to be running out of ideas. After trying everything from having two short midwickets in against the spinners - between whom Shafiq threaded the ball through - to having two short covers in for the quicks, Smith turned to Elgar to buy time.

Smith would probably not have imagined getting a wicket off the tactic, Elgar's delivery was innocuous as well, but once Misbah ran out of patience, the result was a foregone conclusion. Pakistan's tail proved pesky to remove even though they were without Zulfiqar Babar, who did not bat because of the torn webbing on his right hand.

With a ball short of 10 overs remaining in the day, Shafiq, after resisting for seven hours, was stumped off JP Duminy, to give him the same number of wickets as Tahir in the innings - three.

On this day in 1952 Pakistan won their first Test, beating India in Lucknow. They did not have reason to celebrate on their anniversary but they did enjoy some positive signs as they dragged the Test late into the fourth afternoon and pushed South Africa as much as they could given their first innings failing.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • DINESHCC on October 28, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Adnan Akmal's one dropped catch turned the test series 1-1 instead of 2-0

  • Major85D on October 27, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Pakistan lost the 2nd test by an innings and 92 runs, and there are still pakistani fans and officials, who are thinking, that we have a good cricket team. Wake up!!! last place in champions trophy, lost a test match against zimbabwe and many many poor performances more. It´s time for some big big changes!!

  • espncricinfomobile on October 27, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    England lost 3-0 to Pak away and SA came back to draw the series. The playing conditions are alien to both teams, the results illustrate the difference between the no1 and no2.

  • simpleadmin on October 27, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    @alipk52 Srilanka best team in asia,,ha ha what a joke,,,i guess u r still in 96,its 2013 mate ,,,how can u say that srilanka can win anywhere,,,i guess u have forgotten that srilanka have not yet won in australia...also they have not yet won in India,,,be aware of the stats and then judge a team..I agree India struggle on seaming conditions,biut they have talent who could tackle tricky conditions overseas which they have done in odi's,very soon they might do in tests as well,,,unfortunately same thing cannot be said about other subcontinent teams...Srilanka is good team,but not best teamm in asia currently,,,that tag certainly belongs to India as they are world champions and were no 1 in tests for one and half years...

  • sysubrceq0 on October 27, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    @alipk52 - what sri lanka won outside asia? Can you care to explain more? No test series victory, no tri series victory, no icc trophy, not many test wins. In Asia, not won a single test in India forget series. They are good in srilanka and play often with BD. Except Sanga, no one has decent average outside Asia.

  • pakfanfromnepal on October 27, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    I think PAK should select their best players from domestic circuit if they have to win test matches. They lack quality batsman. I heard much about, F Alam, H Sohil and so on... and they are performing really well in domestic circuit. Thus they must be selected along with S. Maqsood. I saw him playing against ZIM and looked good player. and I think A Ali should be dropped because of his recent form. In addition, players link A. Shahzad, N Jamshed, U Amin, U Akmal must be given more chances in test becoz they are the future of PAK batting once Misbah and Younus retires. In addition, PAK should solve WK option and i would definately go to K Akmal as he is very good batsman (Even can paly as opener) with good technique. I dont know why he is not selected even for ODI.

    ...best of luck PAK team.....PAK fan from Nepal..

  • BrendonMC on October 27, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    S A did not not need this situation to bring their credibility into question.Unfortunately they cannot undo this and there will always be suspects in any game they play,No 1 is part of the process of leading by example.I am afraid they lost it.Any team that do dot play by rules & regulations of the game are guilty of misconduct and would always be looked upon with suspicion

  • asim229 on October 27, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    Its interesting that people think Moin khan was a good keeper.I remember when he was playing then he regurarly used to miss 2 or 3 chances every match and it was only his batting and captaincy which made him better player.We also thought that Rashid was a much better keeper than moin but was not selected bcse he doesnot have many friends in board.Anyway it is very easy to blame someone but it is also very difficult to find a perfect player for each spot.

  • alipk52 on October 27, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    In Asia, Sri Lanka is the best team right now, they can win anywhere, India's strength their batting fails like Pakistan in seaming tracks, And Pakistan well they fail even on flat tracks, Pakistan is 3 great top order batsman in need to be able to rule the world of cricket, believe me, there are many, as you can see in Quaid-E-Azam Trophy, but selectors keeps the same players giving chances repeatedly, Haris Sohail is one solid number 3 Batsman whom i believe will be best Alternate of current number 3 Azhar Ali, but it's not wise to drop Azhar Ali, He's still techincally sound batsman, just in need of professional coach instead of failure like whatmore, other is umar akmal, well he knows one way and thats to attack whether test or odi, and this is what Pakistan requires i.e aggression, his little innings will also help put bowlers on the backfoot, just let him play his natural game, plus not a bad wicket keeper either, there are plenty of talents but pcb's monopoly gets effected then.