Pakistan continue Abu Dhabi dominance

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South Africa endured another torrid day against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, reaching stumps on day three on 72 for four, still trailing by 121 runs and looking down the barrel of a rare defeat.

South Africa endured another torrid day against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, reaching stumps on day three on 72 for four, still trailing by 121 runs and looking down the barrel of a rare defeat.

Earlier in the day, the Proteas had rallied with the ball to dismiss the hosts for 442, after Misbah-ul-Haq scored his first century against this opposition and ensured a lead of 193 just after tea.

Pakistan started the day on 263, a lead of just 14 runs, with Khurram Manzoor and Misbah in the middle on 131 and 44 respectively. The pair had outplayed the Proteas the night before, and continued their progression.

The only wicket to fall in the morning was Manzoor, who fell four runs short of his 150. He beat the previous best score by a Pakistan batsman against South Africa, which was the 136 Azhar Mahmood had made in 1998 in Johannesburg.

Manzoor was beautifully caught at second slip by birthday boy Jacques Kallis off Vernon Philander, having used up 266 deliveries and striking 15 fours in his innings. Pakistan then progressed to a lead of 103 at the lunch break.

With Misbah still in the middle, Pakistan continued to up their lead in the afternoon session, but those two hours belonged to the Proteas, despite the skipper's first century against them, which came just before tea.

South Africa took four wickets in the middle session and gave up 77 runs, with Misbah out for 100 on the dot. He was trapped LBW by Dale Steyn, while Asad Shafiq fell for 54 to JP Duminy, caught by Alviro Petersen.

The final wicket of the session was that of Zulfiqur Babar, who had made two runs before Steyn's direct hit from the opposite side of the pitch saw him well short of his crease. A few minutes earlier, Saeed Ajmal had been caught behind off Philander.

The last two wickets to fall were not long in coming, as Steyn wrapped up the tail soon after tea. Pakistan were all out for 442, leaving the visitors a hefty 194 to chase if they were to take any kind of lead.

Matters soon reverted to how they'd been earlier in the game, with the Proteas top order struggling for form and losing regular wickets. Petersen failed to pass 30 for the eighth innings in a row, and was out for 17.

Skipper Graeme Smith survived a review off the first ball of the match, which was an umpire's call not out for LBW, but could only add 32 runs to his records before being comprehensively stumped off Saeed Ajmal.

Kallis's unhappy birthday continued as he was out for a duck a run later, while Hashim Amla found himself edging Zulfiqur Babar to Adnan Akmal for 10. This left Steyn as the nightwatchman and AB de Villiers on 11 not out.

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