1st Test Pakistan v South Africa Day 2: Manzoor ton puts Pakistan in driving seat

Hosts lead South Africa by 14 runs with seven wickets in hand

A brilliant unbeaten ton by Khurram Manzoor took Pakistan to 263 for 3 in the first innings of the first Test against South Africa at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

At close Manzoor was batting on 131, his maiden Test ton from 10 matches. Giving him company was skipper Misbah with an unbeaten 44.

Manzoor took 244 balls and occupied the crease for close to six hours for his innings which included 14 boundaries, while Misbah survived some close calls, including an LBW decision against Morkel and a catch by Smith in the slips which was referred to the third umpire and which went in his favour.

Despite those hiccups, the skipper managed to stabilise the innings with opener Manzoor after three wickets fell in quick succession.

Morne Morkel bowled his heart out on a placid wicket and was unlucky not to get Misbah out.

For Pakistan, Manzoor was the star performer. His cool and calm approach helped him stifle the scorching heat and the pace attack of South Africa.

Together with Misbah they were involved in an 85-run unbroken partnership for the fourth wicket. 

Misbah survives after he edged Philander to Smith at first slip but the ball touched the ground before the skipper could catch it. The decision was referred to the third umpire who declared it not out.

Smith takes the second new ball in the hope of breaking the partnership between Manzoor and his skipper Misbah.

Pakistan move into the lead over South Africa with five overs to spare on the second day.

Manzoor and Misbah are involved in a 50-run partnership for the fourth wicket. It is their first 50-plus partnership in Tests.

Manzoor and Misbah look rock-solid as Pakistan reach 220 for 3. Manzoor is unbeaten on 108 and Misbah on 24.

At the drinks break Pakistan trail South Africa by 47 runs with seven wickets in hand. Manzoor is batting on 105 and Misbah on 9.

Manzoor gets to his first century in his 10th Test match after facing 198 deliveries and smacking 11 boundaries.

Misbah survives a close call after being hit on the pads off Morkel. Smith goes in for a review which shows the ball would have gone over the stumps. 

Manzoor pulls Peterson over mid-wicket to get to his highest score in Tests.

Captain Misbah-ul-Haq gets into the groove by picking the gap between point and cover for a boundary against Morkel.

Younus gets a snorter from Morkel. The experiencec batsman failed to evade the bouncer by ducking and ended up holing out to Petersen in the gully, who dived in front to take a good catch. 

Younus Khan c Petersen b Morkel 1 (9b, 0x4, 0x6)

Philander gets his first wicket in Asia when he forced Azhar to edge one to wicket-keeper De Villiers, who grabbed the ball with one hand.

Azhar Ali c AB de Villiers b Philander 11 (35b, 0x4, 0x6)

Steyn bowls a maiden as Pakistan are 172 for 1, trail by 77 runs in the first innings. 

Manzoor moves to 85. The right-handed opener looks comfortable at the crease as the SA bowlers show signs of tiring.

Steyn bowls a maiden as Pakistan are still 87 runs behind South Africa in the first innings.

Manzoor hits Faf du Plessis for a four as play resumes after tea.


Pakistan dominated the afternoon session as they settled for tea at 155 for 1 with Manzoor batting on 72. Giving him company was Azhar Ali on seven. Ali came in after debutant Shan Masood played a brilliant knock of 75 on debut. 

Pakistan still trail South Africa by 94 runs in the first innings of the first Test.

Just when Smith was running out of bowling options he turned to JP Duminy who came to his rescue by getting the breakthrough for the Proteas after Manzoor and Masood put on 135 for the opening wicket. The slow right-arm offbreak bowler deceived Masood by trapping him plumb.

One-down batsman Azhar Ali clips Kallis to the square leg boundary to open his account.

Duminy gets the breakthrough for Proteas when he trapped Masood plumb for 75. The left-handed batsman, playing in his debut, got his runs from 140 balls as reach Pak 135 for 1.

Masood lbw Duminy 75 (140b, 8x4, 0x6)

Masood cuts Kallis through slips towards the ropes. The left-hand opener reaches 75.

Pakistan trail by 120 runs in the first innings with 10 wickets in hand.

Duminy goes round the wicket and forces Masood to play a loose cut which goes past the outstretched hands of Peterson in the covers.

Kallis comes in for the tired-looking Morkel as Smith tries different tactics to break Pakistan's opening partnership.

Duminy replaces Peterson and concedes three runs.

Manzoor pulls Peterson over mid-on for a four.

Masood thumps Peterson through covers for a boundary.

At the drinks break Pakistan are 112 for no loss after 36 overs. Masood is unbeaten on 60 and Manzoor is batting on 51.

Pakistan reach 109 for no loss after 35 overs with openers Manzoor and Masood looking good.

Pakistan still trail South Africa by 150 in first innings of first Test.

Manzoor pushes Peterson for a single to get to his 50 from 96 balls.

Pakistan notch their first hundred partnership in 22 innings.

Masood gets to his 50 on debut after pushing Peterson for a single. His innings came from 102 balls and consisted five boundaries. 

Masood and Manzoor go neck-and-neck as they take Pakistan to 93 for no loss after 29 overs.

Both batsmen betting on 46 respectively.

Masood clips Steyn off his pads to mid-wicket for four.

Steyn tries to taunt Manzoor with short balls but the right-hand opener looks unperturbed.

Philander bowls a maiden as Masood is keen on letting the balls go past him. Pak 82-0 after 26 overs. 

Manzoor finds the gap between slip and point to get a boundary off Philander.

Steyn begins with a maiden over after lunch.

Pakistan made a solid start reaching 77 without loss at lunch on the second day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday after bowling out South Africa for 249.

Khurram Manzoor and debutant Shan Masood gave Pakistan their best start after 13 Tests as they frustrated the South African bowlers to dominate the morning session.

South Africa continuing from their overnight 245-8 added just four runs to their tally with Amla being dismissed in the second ball of the day without any addition to his score of 118.

Graeme Smith used six bowlers including four overs of spin but failed to get a break through as Pakistan pair delighted the festive crowd hitting four boundaries apiece.

Manzoor is unbeaten on 41 facing 64 balls while left-hander Masood is on 36 having faced 6 balls.

Philander and Morkel were the most economical being unlucky as some of the edges did not go to hand with Masood in particular living dangerously.


Manzoor slams consecutive boundaries off Peterson in the last over before lunch to underline their dominance in the morning session. Pak 77-0 in 22 overs.

Manzoor lofts Duminy for a boundary to mid on in the penultimate over before lunch. Pak 68-0 in 21 overs.

Masood gets the first boundary after 35 minutes with another thick outside edge off Morkel to third man to the frustration of South Africa. Pak 61-0 in 19 overs.

Manzoor and Masood produce Pakistan's first 50-run opening stand after 13 Tests. Pak 50-0 in 13 overs.

Kallis comes into the attack Philander (5-1-12-0) as South Africa make a double change as they look to break the partnership.

Left-hander Masood edges Morkel's second delivery to the third man fence as Pakistan record their best opening partnership of 2103. Pak 47-0 in 11 overs.

South Africa make the first bowling change as Morkel replaces Steyn who has gone for 31 in five overs.

Solid start by the Pakistan opening pair Manzoor and Masood frustrating the deadly pace duo of Steyn and Philander. Pak 43-0 in 10 overs at the drinks break.

Pakistan are going along steadily with Masood pulling Philander to the square leg fence. Pak 38-0 in 8 overs.

Manzoor is living dangerously with Kallis missing a low chance at second slip before getting his first boundary with another edge off Steyn. Pak 20-0 in 5 overs.

Debutant Masood gets a boundary off the first ball he faces in Test cricket steering Steyn to third man. Pak 10-0 in 1 over.


Irfan finished with figures of three for 44 while Ajmal claimed two for 59.

South Africa are all out for 249 having added just four runs to their overnight total with Steyn being last man out stumped by Adnan Akmal off Ajmal in the fourth over of the day.

Dale Steyn st Adnan Akmal b Saeed Ajmal 15 (32b 1x4 1x6)

Irfan strikes with the second delivery of the morning dismissing centurion Amla without any addition to his overnight score edging to Younis at second slip. SA 245-9 in 90.2 overs.

Hashim Amla c Younis Khan b Mohammad Irfan 118

South Africa resumed day two of the first Test against Pakistan on 245-8 in their first innings with Amla unbeaten on 118 at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

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