Pakistan stun No. 1 ranked South Africa in 1st Test
Pakistan weaved a web of spin to outfox South Africa in the first Test between the two sides. The team claimed a stunning 7-wicket victory.<br><br>All images courtesy AFP
Pakistan weaved a web of spin to outfox South Africa in the first Test between the two sides. The team claimed a stunning 7-wicket victory.
All images courtesy AFP
Wily spinner Saeed Ajmal took four wickets to stage a massive collapse. He was supported well by pacer Junaid Khan (3-57) and fellow spinner Zulfiqar Babar (2-51).
South Africa collapsed to 232 in their second innings on the fourth day at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
That left Pakistan to score 40 runs for their overall fourth win over South Africa and take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
Pakistan made heavy weather of the small target losing openers Shan Masood (nought), Azhar Ali (three) and Khurram Manzoor (four) in the space of seven runs by the fourth over.
The eventual win though put a huge smile on Misbah-ul-Haq's face and he credited the triumph to playing in familiar conditions.
This is Pakistan's fourth win over South Africa in 22 Tests and also broke South Africa's 15 Tests unbeaten run since losing to Sri Lanka at Durban in December 2011.
The victory would also be extra special as the team had recently lost to Zimbabwe, leading to a lot of angry voices back home.