Plays of the Day: Dubai, day four

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South Africa won the second Test by an innings and 92 runs on Saturday, with Imran Tahir again showing his worth and Asad Shafiq doing superbly for Pakistan.

<b>Shot of the day</b>: </b>Asad Shafiq's</b> shot to get to his century wasn't the sexiest, but it was important at the time, even though his knock was in vain. JP Duminy dropped it wide, and Shafiq stretched to drive it to the cover ropes for four, bringing up his fourth Test century in a very impressive innings alongside his skipper.

<b>Delivery of the day</b>: <b>Morne Morkel</b> came on before lunch to replace Dale Steyn, who had been slightly wayward, and immediately got under Shafiq's skin. The paceman's first ball to the right-hander pitched on a length and bounced more than expected, beating the outside edge with some nifty away movement. Shafiq smiled and shook his head in acknowledgement. Also, Steyn's second delivery with the second new ball was similarly spectacular.

<b>Hero of the day</b>: Proteas spinner <b>Imran Tahir</b> took five wickets in the first innings, and added another three to his tally in the second. He was awarded man of the match for his efforts, which were especially impressive given none of his eight wickets involved any other fielding player. They were all either bowled or LBW, and aside from some loose deliveries, he was on the money for 55 overs.

<b>Villain of the day</b>: <b>Misbah</b> had done such a great job of rescuing his side, and reached 88 before chucking his wicket away. Less-than-part-time spinner Dean Elgar caused the skipper to lose his marbles as he swiped away from his body and caught the outside edge to Kallis at slip. Misbah stood stock still for ages, seemingly shocked at the daft shot he had played to a guy who had never taken a Test wicket.

<b>Tweet of the day</b>: Proteas paceman Dale Steyn was delighted with the win, and was impressed with the side's record away from home, writing: "Congrats boys!!! Unbeaten away from home since 2006! Well done!!!"

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