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Shafiq hits century before SAfrica strikes back

October 26, 2013

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Asad Shafiq hit his second test century against South Africa this year but Pakistan lost the important wicket of captain Misbah-ul-Haq for 88 and went to tea at 274-5 in its second innings on the fourth day of the second test.

Shafiq was unbeaten on 114 with 12 fours and a six and faced 268 balls during his superb resistance of 5 1/2 hours.

Despite Shafiq and Misbah’s brilliance, Pakistan still needed 144 runs to avoid an innings defeat after South Africa’s first innings lead of 418 runs.

Just before tea, part-time leftarm spinner Dean Elgar had Misbah caught in the slips which ended an impressive 197-run fourth-wicket stand between the Pakistan captain and Shafiq.

Misbah faced 218 balls and hit six fours and a six before playing a rare loose shot in nearly six hours of batting.

South Africa bowlers toiled hard after Pakistan resumed at 132-4.

Shafiq reached his century when he drove a wide delivery from JP Duminy to cover boundary for his 11th four of the innings before Elgar hit back to the relief of the Proteas.

Shafiq had also hit a century at Cape Town in February during Pakistan’s 3-0 defeat against South Africa.

On a day when Faf du Plessis was fined 50 percent of his match fee for ball tampering, South Africa struggled to get the breakthrough on the dry wicket of Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Captain Graeme Smith took the second new ball just before lunch but both batsmen played out the four overs from fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander (1-22).

Pakistan had added nine to its overnight score when Shafiq was adjudged leg before wicket in the fifth over of the day off Philander’s sharp delivery.

But Shafiq went for review, which showed the ball would have missed the leg stump.

Shafiq lofted legspinner Imran Tahir over long off for a six in a rare show of aggression during the morning session and completed his half century off 121 balls. Misbah also consumed as many deliveries when he glanced seamer Morne Morkel to the third man boundary for his 22nd 50 in test matches.

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