Plays of the Day: Abu Dhabi, day four

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Shot of the Day, Delivery of the Day, Hero of the Day, Villain of the Day, Promise of the Day and Tweet of the Day here.

<b>Shot of the Day:</b> <b>Robin Peterson</b> refused to have circumstances dictate his approach, instead taking the attack to the opposition. His cavalier 47 not out was line with smart shot selection, typified by switch hits and reverse sweeps.

The four runs lofted off Ajmal, during what transpired as the third last over of the innings, brought momentary delight to a Proteas unit otherwise flushed by defeat.

<b>Delivery of the Day:</b> It wasn't one ball, <i>per se</i>, but <b>Saeed Ajmal's</b> slew of trademark Doosras had the beating of South Africa almost entirely.

Faf du Plessis knew nothing of the mystery delivery, and nor did Vernon Philander. Ultimately, if indirectly, the spinner's favourite variation earned him a momentous 50th wicket in the United Arab Emirates.

<b>Hero of the Day:</b> Questioned left, right and centre by former players vast and varied, <b>Misbah-ul-Haq</b> answered all and sundry by leading Pakistan to a rare win.

The defeat was South Africa's first in two years, with opposition five positions inferior in the International Cricket Council rankings winning almost all of the dozen sessions.

<b>Villain of the Day:</b> <b>Adnan Akmal</b> continued to blow hot and cold in Abu Dhabi, finishing with three dropped catches – two of them dollies. Ajmal might had more than a four-for were it not for the wicketkeeper's latest clanger in the 81st, which – as luck would have it – was corrected two overs later.

<b>Promise of the Day:</b> Pakistan's numerical and physical dominance was prevalent throughout the Abu Dhabi fixture, setting up the <b>second and final Test in Dubai</b> very well. Again, though, fans are left to rue a lack of a third Test, plausibly in Sharjah, which might have made for a crucial decider.

<b>Tweet of the Day:</b> Former Proteas spinner <b>Pat Symcox</b> acted as a soothsayer, of sorts: "No where to go now! Spin from both ends… And now the end is near…"

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