Pakistan in deep trouble at 2-2
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — South Africa had Pakistan in major strife at 2-2 after earning a monumental lead of 418 runs on the third day of the second test on Friday.
Steyn had opener Shan Masood trapped leg before wicket and Vernon Philander got Khurram Manzoor caught in the slips to put South Africa on course to a series-levelling victory.
Resuming at the overnight 460-4, South Africa added 57 runs before it was bowled out for 517 and Pakistan stuttered quickly in the two overs before lunch.
South Africa lost overnight big scorers Graeme Smith (234) and AB de Villiers (164) inside the first half an hour before offspinner Saeed Ajmal returned with 6-151.
Lanky fast bowler Mohammad Irfan (3-102) had de Villiers caught behind to end a marathon fifth-wicket stand of 338 runs, and Smith was caught by Younis Khan in the lone slip off Ajmal after spending 10 1/2 hours at the crease to take the game away from Pakistan. Smith’s marathon knock came off 388 balls and he hit 16 fours.
De Villiers frustrated Pakistan for over six hours and made them pay heavily after wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal dropped him off the first ball he faced off Irfan on Wednesday. De Villiers faced 274 balls, hit 17 fours and a six in sharing South Africa’s all-time best fifth-wicket stand with Smith.
Butter-fingered Adnan again frustrated Irfan when he dropped a regulation catch off Smith before the captain departed two balls later as Khan became the top fielder for Pakistan in test cricket with 94 catches.
Pakistan also suffered a blow when it had to take Irfan out of the attack soon after he clipped the bails of JP Duminy (7). Because umpire Rod Tucker warned the fast bowler for extending his follow through too far for the second time, Irfan couldn’t bowl for the remainder of the innings.
Ajmal then mopped the tail by taking the last three wickets in the space of 12 runs.