Steyn five-for gives South Africa 160-run victory
South Africa duly converted their domination of Pakistan from the first day of this Test into a resounding 160-run win, a rare feat for them on the subcontinent. Dale Steyn's third five-wicket haul in Tests was enough for South Africa as Pakistan failed to capitalise on a scintillating century by Younis Khan and lost their last five wickets for 33 runs.
South Africa head into the second and final Test at Lahore, beginning on Monday, knowing they cannot now lose this series.
Needing to score another 278 runs with seven wickets remaining, Pakistan were off to a good start as Younis Khan, unbeaten on 93 overnight, flicked Andre Nel over midwicket to bring up his first century against South Africa. Mohammad Asif's dismissal soon after - gloving a sharp bouncer from Nel to short leg - prompted Younis, who was all agression yesterday, to cut down on rash strokes and concentrate more on placement. Sweeping Paul Harris and guiding Nel past the slips, he kept a decent scoring-rate while Misbah-ul-Haq struggled to score.
When Jacques Kallis bowled three consecutive maidens, it looked like the match was heading for a draw. But Younis broke the shackles, and kept the game alive, by fiercely driving Kallis past mid-on.
Dale Steyn's introduction to the attack, however, caused Pakistan a major setback once again - he'd accounted for both openers on the previous day - as a delivery on the off stump shaped in slightly and barely rose above Younis' ankles to hit the stumps as the batsman went down late. With Younis, out for 126, went Pakistan's best hopes of winning the match. Steyn, who lacked accuracy in the first innings and managed only two wickets, bowled a much better line in the second, generating a lot of pace and movement.
As Misbah and Shoaib Malik played defensively, the South African bowlers started piling on the pressure. However when Graeme Smith came into the attack to unsettle the partnership just before lunch he was hit for three boundaries in the over - Pakistan's first boundary for 80 balls - as both batsmen started using their feet.
It was probably Pakistan's defensive mind-frame that accounted for Misbah straight after lunch; He played a forward-defensive shot to Nel and got hit on the back leg as he missed.
Kamran Akmal, after a quickfire 42 as an opener in the first innings, did not last long and became Harris' only victim of the day. The new ball was taken straight away and as Steyn returned to dismiss Abdur Rehman prodding forward and Umar Gul driving loosely to mid-on.
As Malik went after the bowling with only Danish Kaneria to partner him, it was always going to be an all-out attack and a top edge off his bat provided Makhaya Ntini his only wicket of the match as the visitors handed Pakistan only their second defeat in the 40 Tests in Karachi. A rare off game for Ntini but an excellent performance by Harris - seven wickets - and Nel - four wickets and 33 runs in the second innings - proved enough on a pitch where Pakistan bowlers, bar Rehman, failed to impress at all.
Faras Ghani is an editorial assistant on Cricinfo