ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates:
Opener Khurram Manzoor hit his maiden Test century and propelled Pakistan to a 14-run lead against South Africa on the second day of the first cricket Test yesterday.
Manzoor's unblemished 131 not out off 244 balls with 14 fours guided Pakistan to 263-3 at stumps ,after South Africa were dismissed for 249 in their first innings.
Fellow opener Shan Masood scored 75 on debut, laying a solid platform of 135 runs with Manzoor as the Proteas struggled with their lines on a good batting pitch.
South Africa hit back briefly when Azhar Ali (11) was caught behind and Younis Khan (one) could not keep down Morne Morkel's short-pitched delivery in the last session.
But captain Misbah-ul-Haq batted confidently with Manzoor and put on a further 85 runs. Misbah was unbeaten on 44 off 77 balls and brought a perfect end to the day's play for Pakistan by driving Vernon Philander (1-31) to the square leg boundary off the last ball.
"I think it's still even (the match), but hopefully, if we can bat all day tomorrow, we can post a good total and put them under pressure again," Masood said.
Manzoor showed no sign of nerves in the 90s and hit two successive boundaries off left-arm spinner Robin Petersen before he drove the spinner through covers and ran two to reach his century in just under five hours. He faced 198 balls and hit 11 fours.
Manzoor, playing his 10th Test, celebrated his first ton by raising both arms and punching the air, and kneeling down and kissing the turf.
His and Masood's 135-run stand was Pakistan's first opening-century partnership since January 2012 as South Africa could get just one wicket in the first two sessions.
Earlier, resuming at the overnight score of 245-8, century-maker Hashim Amla edged lanky paceman Mohammad Irfan (3-44) to Khan at second slip off the second ball in the morning as the ball moved away from the right-hander.
Amla anchored the innings with a spirited 118 off 252 balls, hitting 13 fours as he occupied the crease almost throughout the first day, while the rest of the specialist batsmen struggled.
Khan, playing in his 85th Test, also equalled Javed Miandad's Pakistan record of 93 Test catches.
Saeed Ajmal then had Steyn (15) stumped to finish with 2-59, while rookie left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar ended with 3-89.