Abu Dhabi report cards: Pakistan

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Shan Masood vindicated Mohammad Hafeez's exit, Azhar Ali couldn't buy a run, Adnan Akmal lived up to his surname and Saeed Ajmal capitalised on the Proteas' oversight.

<b>1. Khurram Manzoor</b> (146 and 4)<br>The promise shown against Zimbabwe earlier this year was delivered on in Abu Dhabi, with the Manzoor now the proud recipient of Pakistan's highest Test score against South Africa. <b>C365 Rating: 9/10</b>

<b>2. Shan Masood</b> (75 and 0)<br>The man tasked with filling the void left by Mohammad Hafeez's exit obliged well. Cool, calm and collected in the face of Dale Steyn and company's onslaught. <b>C365 Rating: 8/10</b>

<b>3. Azhar Ali</b> (11 and 3)<br>Ali can hardly buy a run these days, and is likely to come under fire soon enough as Pakistan demand an appropriate number three batsman in their quest for a higher Test ranking. <b>C365 Rating: 3/10</b>

<b>4. Younis Khan</b> (1 and 9*)<br>Younis didn't score much, but was heralded as a major influence by Manzoor and Masood. The veteran has long spoken of his mentoring role, which is gradually rewarding. Importantly, he was there at the end amid a potential collapse. <b>C365 Rating: 6/10</b>

<b>5. Misbah-ul-Haq</b> (100 and 28*)<br>With plenty of redemption up for grabs after embarrassment in Harare, Misbah the batsman and Misbah the captain grabbed it with both hands. Maiden ton against South Africa secured and critics answered, indeed. <b>C365 Rating: 9/10</b>

<b>6. Asad Shafiq</b> (54)<br>A late addition to the squad after the three-day tour-match, Shafiq benefited from the early experience gained and took it into the series opener. <b>C365 Rating: 7/10</b>

<b>7. Adnan Akmal</b> (32)<br>Pakistan's Test wicketkeeper elect at the moment, Adnan is pretty much as inadequate behind the stumps as his brothers, Umar and Kamran. He dropped three catches in this match, two of them sitters. <b>C365 Rating: 4/10</b>

<b>8. Saeed Ajmal</b> (2/59 and 4/74)<br>South Africa insisted they'd plan around Pakistan's number one gun, but that returned to bite them in the rear. Ajmal, of course, took full advantage. His Doosra was near unplayable on day four. <b>C365 Rating: 8.5/10</b>

<b>9. Zulfiqar Babar</b> (3/89 and 2/51)<br>Whipped into the XI in the wake of Abdur Rehman's back injury, Babar did the faith put in him justice, so much so he is bound to crack the nod even if Rehman is available in Dubai. <b>C365 Rating: 7.5/10</b>

<b>10. Junaid Khan</b> (1/52 and 3/57)<br>Instrumental throughout, the left-arm seamer's performance was particularly telling in the second innings. Exploiting the angles and finding some lateral movement in otherwise difficult conditions, Khan set himself apart. <b>C365 Rating: 7.5/10</b>

<b>11. Mohammad Irfan</b> (3/44 and 1/42)<br>Selected ahead of the in-form Rahat Ali, Irfan had a lot to prove. His fitness lasted, and four key wickets aided a bid for permanent selection. His unusual height, definitely troubled the Proteas' top order. <b>C365 Rating: 7/10</b>