Updated: 01/11/2013 20:08 | By Press Association

South Africa secure drawn series



South Africa and Pakistan shared the trophy following the 1-1 series draw (© AP)

South Africa and Pakistan shared the trophy following the 1-1 series draw (AP)

South Africa finally overcame stubborn resistance from Asad Shafiq and Misbah-ul-Haq on the fourth day of the second Test against Pakistan to claim a series-tying victory by an innings and 92 runs in Dubai.

Pakistan started the penultimate day in deep trouble on 132 for four and still trailing South Africa by 286 runs, but they made the Proteas work hard for the win while Shafiq (130) and Misbah (88) were at the crease.

The duo extended their fifth-wicket stand to 197 before they were parted just before tea when part-time spinner Dean Elgar snared Misbah 12 short of a century.

The skipper carelessly slogged at an innocuous delivery outside off-stump from Elgar and nicked the ball to first slip, where it was held by Jacques Kallis.

That left Pakistan on 267 for five and proved to be the breakthrough that South Africa needed as Graeme Smith's men quickly finished off their opponents in the evening session to level the two-match series 1-1.

Adnan Akmal (five) and Saeed Ajmal (nine) were both trapped lbw by Pakistan-born leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who finished with eight wickets in the match, before Mohammad Irfan was bowled by JP Duminy for 14.

The end was coming and, with Zulfiqar Babar absent hurt, South Africa clinched the win when they ended Shafiq's long vigil to dismiss Pakistan for 326.

The 27-year-old batsman was tempted out of his crease by Duminy off the first ball of the 136th over and was stumped by AB de Villiers for a brilliant 130, which came off 320 balls and included 15 fours and a six.

The day's play started after South Africa all-rounder Faf du Plessis pleaded guilty to the charge of ball-tampering and was fined 50 per cent of his match fee after television footage showed him rubbing the ball near the zipper of his trouser pocket on Friday.

Pakistan off-spinner Ajmal also received an official reprimand after he pleaded guilty to a level one breach of the code of conduct during the third day's play.

The two teams will now face each other in a five-match one-day international series, which begins in Sharjah on Wednesday.

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