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Manzoor scored his maiden Test century
Pakistan opening batsman Khurram Manzoor scored his maiden Test century as his side went on to dominate South Africa throughout the entire second day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi.
Manzoor became the first Pakistan Test opener to score a century against South Africa since October 2003 as he and his opening partner Shan Masood, who scored a magnificent half-century, gave Pakistan a 14-run lead over the Proteas at the end of play.
South Africa started off the day on 245/8 with Hashim Amla unbeaten on 118 and Dale Steyn undefeated on 13.
However, Amla failed to add any runs to his score as he was caught out off the bowling of Mohammad Irfan for a cracking 118 off 252 balls, which included 13 boundaries.
Steyn meanwhile could only score two more runs before he was stumped by wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal off the bowling of spinner Saeed Ajmal for 15.
Irfan and debutant Zulfiqur Babar picked up three wickets apiece, while Ajmal snapped up two and Junaid Khan chipped in with one wicket as South Africa were bowled out for 249.
Trailing by 249 runs, Pakistan got off to a perfect start as Mazoor and Masood registered a 135-run partnership, during which both batsmen recorded their half-centuries, before part-time spinner Jean Paul (JP) Duminy provided the breakthrough by dismissing Masood lbw.
Masood scored 75 off 140 deliveries, which included eight boundaries.
Masood and Manzoor’s 135-run partnership was Pakistan’s first opening century stand since their 3-0 whitewashing of England in January 2012.
South Africa brought themselves back into contention with two quick strikes as Azhar Ali was caught behind off the bowling of Vernon Philander for 11, while veteran batsman Younis Khan was dismissed by Morne Morkel for just one run.
With Pakistan having gone from 135/1 to 178/3, Manzoor and captain Misbah-ul-Haq came to the rescue with an unbeaten 85-run partnership, during which Manzoor brought up his maiden Test century.
Pakistan finished the day on 263/3 with Manzoor unbeaten on 131 off 244 balls, which included 14 boundaries, while ul-Haq remained undefeated on 44 off 77 deliveries, which included four boundaries.
Duminy, Philander and Morkel all snapped up one wicket apiece.
Pakistan will resume their innings tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.