Proteas seal series win in Pakistan

South Africa sealed their first Test series on the subcontinent since 2000 on Friday after being held to a draw by Pakistan in the second and final match.

Pakistan, set a mammoth 457 to win, finished the final day on 316-4 with Younis Khan scoring a brilliant 130 while Mohammad Yousuf marked his return to the team with a stylish 63.

Former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq smashed his bat in frustration after falling agonisingly short of Javed Miandad’s Pakistan Test runs record in his final international appearance.

The Proteas last won a major South Asian series seven years ago when they beat India. They won the first Test by 160 runs in Karachi last week.

Inzamam, who quit one-day cricket and resigned the captaincy after Pakistan’s first-round exit from the World Cup in March, lasted just two deliveries.

He took three off the first ball but in the next over he jumped out of his crease and missed left-arm spinner Paul Harris’s delivery to be stumped by Mark Boucher.

Inzamam shrugged in disgust before trudging back to the pavilion for the last time amidst applause by 5 000 home fans and a guard of honour.

The master batsman, who finished with 8 830 runs, including 25 hundreds, in 120 Tests, later broke his bat in the dressing room in a fit of anger.

He was three short of breaking Miandad’s landmark.

It was left to Younis to save Pakistan from defeat, adding 161 runs for the second wicket with Kamran Akmal (71) and another 89 for the third wicket with Yousuf.

The South African pace-cum-spin attack failed to dislodge Younis and Akmal in the three-hour first session, which was extended due to Friday prayers.

Younis, who made 126 in Karachi, reached his century with a push for a single. He hit 14 boundaries in his century, which took 253 minutes.

He was finally dismissed, caught behind off Jacques Kallis after a fighting 350-minute knock.

Yousuf, who made only 25 in the first innings, held the fort after Pakistan lost Younis and Inzamam in quick succession and negotiated the second new ball without any trouble.

Shoaib Malik ended unbeaten on 20.

The day was marred by racial abuse hurled at the South Africans by monkey-chanting spectators.

Police said they arrested five spectators after all-rounder Vernon Philander, assistant coach Vincent Barnes and security official Faisul Nagel were racially abused.

The South African team management, however, did not file an official complaint.

The two teams start a five-match one-day series with the first match on October 18.—AFP


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