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Last Updated: Friday, 12 October 2007, 11:35 GMT 12:35 UK
South Africa win series with draw
SECOND TEST, Lahore, day five:
South Africa 357 & 305-4dec drew with Pakistan 206 & 316-4

Younus Khan hit 130 for Pakistan but they were never likely to achieve their record chase
Despite Younus' knock a world record chase was never likely

South Africa won their Test series against Pakistan 1-0 after drawing the second and final match in Lahore.

The hosts were set a world record 457 to win and that never looked likely even though Younus Khan (130) began the final morning in aggressive fashion.

Paul Harris dismissed Kamran Akmal (71) and Inzamam-ul-Haq second ball in his final international innings, while Younus edged Jacques Kallis behind.

Mohammad Yousuf, who batted cautiously, was on 63 when the players shook hands.

It was a first subcontinent Test series win for the Proteas outside Bangladesh since 2000.

And apart from early in the morning session, which was extended because of Friday prayers, that and the West Indies' world record chase of 418 against Australia in Antigua in 2003 were never seriously threatened.

Younus hit paceman Makhaya Ntini for three successive boundaries in the third over and drove Kallis for two more in the next over.

But the introduction of slow left-armer Harris in the 10th over slowed the scoring and the breakthrough came when Akmal dragged one back on to his stumps to end a stand of 161.

Graeme Smith shows his appreciation for Inzamam
There was no record for Inzamam but plenty of fond farewells

It could have got even better for the visitors had Hashim Amla held on to a straightforward opportunity at mid-wicket off Kallis when Younus was on 83.

He survived to reach his 14th Test century off 180 balls and had added 89 with Yousuf when he nicked a delivery Kallis angled across him to keeper Mark Boucher.

Inzamam received a rousing welcome from the home crowd as he walked to the crease for the final time as a Pakistan player and he began promisingly by driving Kallis through mid-wicket.

However, going for the boundary that would have taken him past Javed Miandad as his country's leading Test run-scorer, he gave Harris the charge and was stumped by Boucher.

His team-mates formed a guard of honour for his return to the pavilion but with his departure probably went their last chance of a famous win.

Yousuf and skipper Shoaib Malik (20no) scored 34 runs in the 12 overs after tea before a halt was called and the South Africans began their celebrations, with Inzamam and the other members of the team coming back out to congratulate them.

  • Pakistan vice-captain Salman Butt has been fined 50% of his match fee for publicly criticising umpiring decisions in the game.


  • South Africa captain Graeme Smith:
    "We controlled nine out of 10 days of Test cricket in this series. We bowled very well and kept Pakistan under pressure from the word go.

    "It is not easy to win in the subcontinent but it's been a great team effort with a couple of good individual performances too.

    "People like to think we are weak against spinners but we have played them consistently well even in our home series this year on turning wickets and on this tour.

    "The style of cricket we played, the way we executed our plans has been surprising and very exciting for our future. The maturity shown by the players is very encouraging."

    Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik:
    "We thought of going at the target, but when we lost Younus and Inzamam in quick time, we aborted our plans.

    "It's a great sign for us that we lost only four wickets in four sessions and we can only improve more from here on. We made mistakes and we will learn from them.

    "We were playing Tests after a seven-month lay-off so it was difficult to adjust but the South Africans were better than us in all departments."



    SEE ALSO
    South Africa set for series win
    11 Oct 07 |  Cricket
    South Africa struggle in Lahore
    08 Oct 07 |  Cricket
    Inzamam to retire after SA Test
    05 Oct 07 |  Pakistan
    South Africa in Pakistan 2007
    08 Aug 07 |  International Teams


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