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Pakistan vs South Africa 1st Test: Proteas win by 211

South Africa's Dale Steyn signs autographs for fans during the third day of the first Test against Pakistan in Johannesburg, February 3, 2013. (REUTERS)

By Allaam Ousman

Dale Steyn bagged a career best 11 for 60 as South Africa routed Pakistan by 211 runs to win the first Test on day four at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Monday.

Pakistan were all out for 268 during an extended morning session as South Africa took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series with more than a day and a half to spare.

Junaid Khan was the last man out adjudged leg before after a decision review off Steyn who finished 5 for 52 in the second innings.

It followed his devastating spell of 6 for 8 in the first innings to destroy Pakistan for their lowest ever Test total of 49.

"I bowled quite nicely," said man of the match Steyn modestly. "I've not been able to pick up wickets at the top in recent times but glad I did it here. We wanted to try and get these wickets as quickly as possible today."

Having been set an improbable target of 480, Pakistan progressed to 203-4 continuing from their overnight 183-4 before the second new ball was taken.

Steyn removed the overnight fifth wicket partnership of 127 between Asad Shafiq (56) and Misbah ul Haq (64) to break Pakistan's resistance.

He also claimed tailenders Umar Gul and Junaid Khan to seal victory with four wickets during an unchanged 11-over spell in the morning.

Wicketkeeper AB de Villiers also hogged the limelight equalling the world record for the most number of dismissals held by England's Jack Russell when Umar Gul became his 11th victim of the match.

"You always get a bit nervous in milestone game, people could say that you are not totally focused. We knew we wanted to bat first, we were looking at 250-odd, but we left ourselves down a little bit," said South African skipper Graeme Smith who was victorious in his 100th Test as captain.

"Blessed to have Steyn in the attack, No. 1 bowler in the world, he has been helped Morkel and Philander. Hopefully AB has silenced the critics with his keeping, our intensity on the third morning was very good," he added.

"I think that was a great spell of innings, that hurt us really," said Pakistan skipper Misbah ul Haq of Steyn's sensational spell of 6 for 8 which bowled them out for 49 in the first innings.

He was positive about the remaining matches in the series to be played at Cape Town and Centurion.

"I think everybody knows that once we can see off the new ball, we can score runs, I think in the next match you will see that," said Misbah who top scored with a valiant knock of 64 in the second essay.


South Africa have opted to take the extended half hour of the morning session needing just one wicket to win the first Test against Pakistan in Graeme Smith's 100th as captain.

Pakistan are 266-9 continuing from their overnight total of 183-4 on day four of the first Test against Pakistan at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Monday having been set an improbable target of 480.

Dale Steyn gets his fifth 10-wicket haul as Umar Gul is adjudged caught behind after decision review after getting a faint edge to AB de Villiers who equals the world record for the most number of victims in a match held by England's Jack Russell.

Gul goes for 23 off 43 balls with three boundaries having added 21 for the ninth wicket with Junaid Khan.

Junaid Khan survives after being bowled off a no-ball by Morne Morkel whom he hammered for a boundary a few balls earlier.

Umar Gul lofts Dale Steyn to long on fence as the Pakistan tail continues to wag.

Ajmal becomes AB de Villiers' 10th victim of the match as he eyes the world record of 11 dismissals held by England's Jack Russell set at the same venue in 1995/96.

Morne Morkel removes Saeed Ajmal with a beautiful delivery which moves in the air to be caught behind by AB de Villiers in his first over the morning as Pakistan lose their eighth wicket.

Ajmal goes for 11 off 16 balls with two boundaries after a brief stand of 22 with Umar Gul.

Umar Gul has top edged Philander over the keeper for his second boundary.

Saeed Ajmal manages to get a boundary to fine leg off Steyn with an edge which nearly hit his stumps but his next boundary to square leg is a more orthodox shot.

Umar Gul has swung Philander to midwicket as the Pakistan tail wag.

South Africa are racing to victory after taking the second new ball with Sarfraz Ahmed playing a Vernon Philander delivery onto his stumps as Pakistan lose their seventh wicket.

Ahmed was undecided whether to play or leave it only succeeding in getting an inside edge onto his stumps after facing 11 balls for 6 runs.

Umar Gul survives a confident leg before appeal off Dale Steyn who is bowling at full throttle.

Dale Steyn's double strike with the second new ball to remove the overnight pair of Misbah and Shafiq has virtually ended any hopes of a miracle for Pakistan.

Misbah's patient vigil which lasted more than four hours ends and with that Pakistan's hopes of delaying the inevitable.

The Pakistan skipper made 64 off 167 balls and looked the most positive hitting four of his 11 boundaries in the morning.

Dale Steyn strikes again removing Pakistan's captain Misbah ul Haq caught behind by AB de Villiers in his third over of the morning.

Sarfraz Ahmed was lucky to survive after getting a leading edge off Philander which fell just short of the fielder at point.

Dale Steyn strikes in his second over of the morning finding an edge off Asad Shafiq's bat to Kallis at second slip.

Shafiq's resistance ends after facing 168 balls for 56 which contained nine hits having added just three runs to his overnight score.

His fifth wicket partnership of 127 with Misbah last nearly 53 overs.

Misbah edges a delivery from Vernon Philander's first over with the second new ball through the slip cordon for his fourth boundary of the morning.

South Africa have taken the second new ball with Pakistan on 203-4 with Dale Steyn opening with a maiden over as Asad Shafiq offers a dead bat.

Misbah ul Haq hits the third boundary of the morning this time against Kallis to bring up the 200 of the Pakistan innings in the 80th over.

Misbah ul Haq reaches his 18th Test half century with his second boundary of the morning, a lovely cover drive of Morkel.

Misbah's dogged half century came off 146 balls and contained nine boundaries.

The fifth wicket partnership between Misbah and Shafiq surpassed the previous highest for Pakistan against South Africa of 109 made in 2010 in UAE.

Kallis has sent down a maiden to Asad Shafiq.

Misbah ul Haq gets the first runs of the fourth morning edging to third man boundary off Morne Morkel with the ball dropping short of a diving Jacque Kallis at second slip.

Jacques Kallis opens the attack for South Africa on day four of the first Test against Pakistan in Johannesburg at Wanderers Stadium on Monday.

Pakistan resumed from their overnight total of 184-4 needing to survive two days or get 297 runs to win after being set a record target of 480.

Misbah-ul-Haq (44 not out) and Asad Shafiq (53 not out) have given them hope and dented South Africa's bid for an early finish.