South Africa clinch series win

LAHORE, Oct 12 (Reuters) South Africa secured only their second series win in 10 years in Pakistan today after the second and final test ended in a draw at the Gaddafi stadium.

The South Africans, who won the first test in Karachi by 160 runs, settled for the draw after Younis Khan (130), Kamran Akmal (71) and Mohammad Yousuf (63 not out) guided Pakistan to 316 for four at the close.

''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. We are over the moon with this series win,'' South African skipper Graeme Smith told reporters.

''It is not easy to win in the subcontinent but we have put in a very good team effort.'' Pakistan, set an improbable victory target of 457, were boosted by his second century of the series by Younis who batted for 246 balls and hit 16 fours before he was out after lunch.

The day also featured the final test innings of Inzamam-ul-Haq who fell for just three runs to end his career with 8,830 runs from 120 matches. Inzamam had required just six runs to become Pakistan's highest run-getter in tests.

Yousuf scored his 28th career fifty after he missed the first test due to lack of match fitness.

Pakistan lost three wickets in the day. Akmal played on to his stumps after prodding defensively to left-arm spinner Paul Harris and Younis was caught behind off Jacques Kallis.

Inzamam played his first shot to mid-wicket for three but was out second ball when he jumped down the wicket to Harris and was stumped.

Kallis was named man-of-the-series for his 421 runs that included three hundreds and a fifty.

''It is one of my more memorable series. Specially after coming out of a winter break. Specially since this series was important for us,'' Kallis said.

Pakistan began the day on 108 for one and Younis, resuming on 48, continued to attack the bowlers with some fine strokes.

He reached his fifty by hitting Makhaya Ntini for three successive fours in the third over of the day and followed it up with two more fours off Kallis in the next over.


Story first published: Saturday, October 13, 2007, 14:39 [IST]
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