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The Proteas triumphed in the second Test vs. Pakistan

Zia Rana October 26, 2013

South Africa 517 (Graeme Smith 234, AB de Villiers 164, Saeed Ajmal 6-151) beat Pakistan 99 and 326 (Asad Shafiq 130, Misbah-ul-Haq 88, Jean-Paul Duminy 3-67, Imran Tahir 3-98) by an innings and 92 runs.

South Africa won the 2nd Test against Pakistan comfortably on the fourth day besides the resistance for the fifth wicket between Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq.

The first innings of Pakistan was squeezed for just 99 runs and they scored 326 in the second whereas the Proteas piled up 517 in the only innings they played.

Graeme Smith, the skipper of South Africa, was announced ‘Player of the match’ for his outstanding knock of 234.

AB de Villiers (South Africa) was declared ‘Player of the series’ for his superb batting and wicket keeping in two Tests.

The second and final Test concluded on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at Dubai International Stadium.

Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq - Resisted well by contributing 197 runs for the 5th wicket

Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq – Resisted well by contributing 197 runs for the 5th wicket

Earlier, the hosts commenced their second innings at 4-132 in 55 overs whereas Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq were in the center for 42 and 28 runs. They kept on concentrating and the rival bowlers were unable to penetrate through their defence. The duo completed their fifties in the process and the lunch was taken at 198 in 84 overs without any further loss.

The tempo of the game was continued after the break as well and the batsmen kept on cruising nicely. Asad Shafiq smashed his fourth Test hundred with a boundary and that was the second against South Africa. The fifth wicket partnership was finally dislodged at 267 after an association of 197 runs when Misbah-ul-Haq was gone for 88. The tail could not resist and Asad Shafiq was the last batsman who was dismissed for 130 off 320 balls with 1 six and 15 fours as the hosts reached 326 in 135.1 overs.

Imran Tahir and Jean-Paul Duminy were the top wicket takers with three each whereas Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Dean Elgar shared one wicket each.

South Africa grabbed the second Test with a huge margin of an innings and 92 runs while the series was levelled at 1-1.

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