Pakistan clinch first Test win
Pakistan eased to an impressive seven-wicket victory in the first Test against world number one side South Africa on the fourth evening in Abu Dhabi.
Set only a target of 40 in their second innings to claim victory, Pakistan lost the wickets of Khurram Manzoor (four), Shan Masood (nought) and Azhar Ali (three) cheaply but it was of little consequence as Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq saw them over the line with a day to spare.
Misbah led the charge after the early innings wobble with a knock of 28 which contained two boundaries and two maximums - one of which won the match - with Khan steadying the ship with nine from 36 balls at the other end.
AB de Villiers had struck a defiant 90 and Robin Peterson chipped in with 47 not out to ensure the Proteas evaded the possibility of an innings defeat, but persistent bowling from Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan meant Pakistan needed only a trifling score to claim victory.
Ajmal took the final two wickets in the last over of the afternoon session to dismiss South Africa for 232.
They had started the day needing 121 more to avoid an innings defeat, beginning on a shaky looking 72 for four.
It took Pakistan longer than they would have liked to dismiss nightwatchman Dale Steyn but as soon as they did the man he had been protecting, JP Duminy, fell for a duck.
De Villiers hit the fifth ball of the morning, from Mohammad Irfan, for four but there was little else to throw his arms at as the early bowling remained tight.
The arrival of Ajmal presented a typically testing trial by spin but Steyn was digging in well.
The second boundary of the day, in the ninth over, saw Junaid find De Villiers' outside edge only to see the ball disappear through the slip cordon.
The wicket eventually came three balls into Zulfiqar Babar's first over.
He drifted one into Steyn, who misread his forward press and was clean bowled for seven runs from 49 deliveries.
That represented a job well done in the circumstances but Duminy was unable to follow suit. He was pinned leg before after five balls by Junaid.
There were no further breakthroughs before lunch, with De Villiers and Faf du Plessis adding 21 more runs by the interval - the former reaching fifty by launching Babar for six down the ground.
But Du Plessis' knock was brought to an end with the last ball of the afternoon session's second over.
Ajmal, predictably, was the man to make it happen.
Du Plessis, on nine, drilled a fuller ball down the ground only to see Ajmal throw out a hand and gather a fine return catch.
With South Africa still 60 shy, an innings loss now seemed a live possibility.
But De Villiers and his new support man, Peterson, had other ideas as they compiled a busy fifty partnership.
Ajmal was operating throughout but the pair played him sensibly.
Instead, it was Junaid who returned to remove De Villiers 10 short of his century.
After his gutsy stand he might have been disappointed to ping a drive to Shan Masood, but by now Peterson was ready to continue the defiance.
Peterson's hard work, assisted by Adnan Akmal's drop, looked to have taken the innings into the evening only for Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel to fall in the space of three Ajmal deliveries right at the end of the session.
Philander (two for 11) had more success with the ball as he caused Pakistan to wobble with the wickets of Masood and Manzoor in the second innings, with Steyn accounting for Ali.
However, South Africa had a near-impossible task of saving the match, with Pakistan wrapping it up despite the minor setbacks to take a 1-0 lead in the series.