Misbah proud of 'tremendous job'

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Spinners Zulfiqar Babar and opening batsmen Khurram Manzoor and Shan Masood were at the fore of captain Misbah-ul-Haq's appreciation, as Pakistan beat South Africa by seven wickets on day four of the first Test at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

Spinners Zulfiqar Babar and opening batsmen Khurram Manzoor and Shan Masood were at the fore of captain Misbah-ul-Haq's appreciation, as Pakistan beat South Africa by seven wickets on day four of the first Test at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

Manzoor welcomed a maiden century in his 10th Test, while Masood scored a fluid 75 on debut. Babar, meanwhile, secured five key wickets after replacing the injured Abdur Rehman. The victory was only Pakistan's second of the year, duly ending the Proteas' 15-Test unbeaten run.

"It's really unbelievable and a much-needed win for us, it was a team effort and everyone contributed, especially the youngsters. Both openers and Babar, they really did a tremendous job for us," said Misbah.

"I think everyone chipped in, especially with the bowling. We go the advantage from the first innings. In these conditions, it's difficult to score runs, that's why I was disappointed when I lost the toss. But when we got them under 250, we thought, if we batted well, we could get ourselves into a good position.

The right-handed Masood's vigil was complemented by 100 from the veteran Misbah, who anticipated similar conditions come the second and final Test, which will get underway at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.

"That was a much needed ton for me, the last one came in 2011, and I was looking forward to it. It came at a time when the team needed it. Conditions will remain the same in Dubai, maybe more bounce and spin. So they are likely to suit us. But SA have played there before too, so we need to repeat the performance," concluded Misbah.

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