Proteas level series with emphatic win

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South Africa's unbeaten series run away from home continued in Dubai on Saturday as they won the second Test against Pakistan by an innings and 92 runs, thus levelling the series at one-all.

South Africa's unbeaten series run away from home continued in Dubai on Saturday as they won the second Test against Pakistan by an innings and 92 runs, thus levelling the series at one-all.

The Proteas, who last lost a series on the road seven years ago (12 series), needed six wickets on the day to wrap up the match with an innings to spare. Pakistan were all out for 326 just before the close, with Asad Shafiq the last man to fall for 130.

Shafiq had been the star of the day for Pakistan, putting on 197 runs with captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who had been dismissed earlier by Dean Elgar for 88. His wicket, after tea, triggered the beginning of the end.

Pakistan started the day on 132 for four, with Misbah on 42 and Shafiq on 28. The pair had already somewhat rescued the knock after the side found themselves four down for 70 on day three.

The pair continued to face the older ball, the object of much controversy on day three as Faf du Plessis was fined 50 percent of his match fee for ball tampering. As it was Morne Morkel was the pick of the bowler in the morning.

Both batsmen passed their half centuries in the session, with Shafiq recording his second such score in two games, while the skipper adding this to the century he scored in Abu Dhabi. By lunch, both players had reached the 60s.

The afternoon continued in much the same way, with Graeme Smith trying all manner of bowling combinations and calling on veteran Jacques Kallis too. But it was Elgar, who had never taken a Test wicket, who broke the deadlock.

The part-time spinner induced a wild shot from the skipper as he spent a long time in the 80s, and Kallis was on hand at slip to take the catch in front of his face. Misbah could not believe it and stood still for ages before walking off.

But Shafiq, who had already recorded his fourth Test century, continued on until the end of the session with Adnan Akmal by his side. The wicketkeeper was not long for the middle in the evening though, falling to Imran Tahir.

The leg-spinner, who took five wickets in the first innings, bagged three in the second, also getting rid of Saeed Ajmal via an LBW. All eight of Tahir's wickets came either via LBW or bowler, and thus involved no help from his team.

JP Duminy was the other key bowler, using his increasingly impressive spin to take three wickets too. He bowled Mohammad Irfan, the eight wicket to fall, before slipping one past Shafiq who was then stumped by AB de Villiers.

This meant Pakistan were nine down, but Zulfiqur Babar was unable to bat after tearing the webbing between his fingers, so the game came to a close as the sun started to fade over the Dubai Sports Club stands.

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