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Pakistan in deep trouble at 56-3

October 25, 2013

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pakistan was in deep trouble at 56-3 in the second innings and trailing South Africa by 362 runs at tea on the third day of the second test.

Younis Khan (29) and captain Misbah-ul-Haq (7) were holding the fort at tea but an innings defeat was on the cards.

Azhar Ali (19) and Khan labored for nearly two hours in adding 46 runs for the third wicket before spinner JP Duminy struck in his first over when Ali was caught on the back foot plumb in front off a delivery that kept low.

Duminy could have dismissed Khan in the last over before tea, but Jacques Kallis dropped a low catch in the slips much to the relief of Pakistan, which was shot out for 99 in the first innings.

Resuming at the overnight 460-4, South Africa added 57 more before it was bowled out for 517 with offspinner Saeed Ajmal (6-151) claiming four wickets on Friday.

Fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander reduced Pakistan to 2-2 in two pacey overs before lunch, removing Shan Masood and Khurram Manzoor for ducks. It was Manzoor’s first pair in a test. The opener has struggled since scoring 142 in Pakistan’s seven-wicket win in the first test at Abu Dhabi last week.

South Africa lost overnight big scorers Graeme Smith (234) and AB de Villiers (164) inside the first half an hour and Ajmal mopped up the tail quickly.

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 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 before falling to the same combination. 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 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.

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