CRICKET: Pakistan take charge of opening Test against SA
Opener Khurram Manzoor notched a maiden hundred to help Pakistan take an upper hand in the first Test against South Africa in Abu Dhabi at the end of day two today.
The 27-year-old right-handed batsman scored an unbeaten 131 as Pakistan closed the day on 263 for three replying to South Africa’s first innings total of 249.
Skipper Misbah-ul Haq is unbeaten on 44.
Manzoor put on a solid 135 for the opening wicket with debutant Shan Masood, who scored 75, to help Pakistan take a 14-run lead with seven wickets intact.
Manzoor then added 85 for the unbroken fourth wicket stand with Misbah-ul Haq.
In the morning South Africa were dismissed after adding just four runs to their overnight score of 245 for 8.
Mohammad Irfan and Zulfiqar Babar ended with three wickets apiece.
The second and final Test starts in Dubai from October 23 before both teams play five one-day and two Twenty20 internationals.
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