South Africa win eventful Test to level series


South Africa beat Pakistan by an innings and 92 runs in the second and final Test in Dubai on Saturday, levelling the two-match series 1-1.

Pakistan were bowled out for 326 in their second innings with Asad Shafiq top-scoring with 130 while skipper Misbah-ul Haq scored 88.

The win also maintained South Africa’s unbeaten run away from home since losing in Sri Lanka in 2006.

Part-time right-arm offbreak bowler Jean-Paul Duminy finished with 3-67 while Imran Tahir took 3-98 and took a total of eight wickets in the match.

Pakistan won the first Test by seven wickets in Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan, who resumed the fourth day at 132-4, owed their fight to a 197-run fifth-wicket stand between Shafiq and Misbah as they came through the first session without losing a wicket.

But then Misbah fell before tea, caught off part-time spinner Dean Elgar.

Pakistan were shot out for a paltry 99 in their first innings before South Africa took control of the match with a mammoth score of 517, taking a 418-run lead.

Graeme Smith hit an epic 234 and AB de Villiers scored 164 durung their all-time South African Test record stand for the fifth wicket of 338.

Brief scores: Pakistan 99 (Imran Tahir 5-32) and 326 (Asad Shafiq 130, Misbah-ul Haq 88; JP Duminy 3-67; Imran Tahir 3-98) South Africa 517 (G. Smith 234, AB de Villiers 164; Saeed Ajmal 6-151)