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Pakistan are on the verge of upsetting the number one Test team in the world
Pakitan opening batsman Khurram Manzoor made the highest score by a Pakistani batsman against South Africa during the third day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi.
Manzoor smashed a sparkling 146 and was well supported by captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who also scored a century.
Starting the day on 263/3, Manzoor and ul-Haq, whose partnership remained unbeaten on 85, continued to pile on the runs as the South Africans looked to be fed up and tired of standing around in the sweltering heat.
Their partnership was finally ended on 112 when Manzoor was caught out off the bowling of Vernon Philander for 146 off 266 balls, which included 15 boundaries.
Ul-Haq soon brought up his half-century as he and Asad Shafiq, who also registered a half-century, put together an 82-run partnership before Shafiq was dismissed by spinner Jean Paul (JP) Duminy for 54 off 105 deliveries, which included six boundaries.
Despite Pakistan’s entire lower order failing to make any major contributions, ul-Haq managed bring up his century before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Dale Steyn.
Ul-Haq’s 100 runs came off 187 balls and included eight boundaries as Pakistan were eventually bowled out for 442.
Steyn and Philander were the pick of the South African bowlers with three wickets apiece, while Duminy snapped up two and Morne Morkel chipped in with one wicket as well.
Trailing by 193 runs, South Africa got off to a horrid start as opening batsman Alviro Petersen was caught behind off the bowling of Mohammad Irfan for 17.
South Africa skipper Graeme Smith was the next to go as he was stumped by wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal off the bowling of spinner Saeed Ajmal for 32.
Veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis did not trouble the scorers as his innings only lasted five deliveries.
The Proteas found themselves in even more trouble as their first innings hero, Hashim Amla, was caught behind off the bowling of debutant Zulfiqur Babar for only 10 runs.
South Africa were on 72/4 when stumps was called.
Irfan, Babar, Ajmal and Junaid Khan all picked up one wicket apiece.
South Africa will resume their second innings tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT with AB de Villiers unbeaten on 11 and Steyn on zero.