Pakistan close in on impressive win
Pakistan require just 40 runs on the fourth evening of the first Test against South Africa to record an impressive win over the world's number one side.
AB de Villiers struck a defiant 90 and Robin Peterson chipped in with 47 not out to ensure the Proteas evaded the possibility of an innings defeat, but persistent bowling from Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan meant Pakistan need only a trifling score to triumph in Abu Dhabi.
Ajmal took the final two wickets in the last over of the afternoon session to dismiss South Africa for 232.
They had started the day needing 121 more to avoid an innings defeat, beginning on a shaky looking 72 for four.
It took Pakistan longer than they would have liked to remove nightwatchman Dale Steyn, but they quickly followed up his dismissal with a successful lbw appeal against JP Duminy.
De Villiers hit the fifth ball of the morning, from Mohammad Irfan, for four but there was little else to throw his arms at as the early bowling remained tight.
The arrival of Ajmal presented a typically testing trial by spin but Steyn was digging in well.
The second boundary of the day, in the ninth over, saw Junaid find De Villiers' outside edge only to see the ball disappear through the slip cordon.
The wicket eventually came three balls into Zulfiqar Babar's first over.
He drifted one into Steyn, who misread his forward press and was clean bowled for seven runs from 49 deliveries.
That represented a job well done in the circumstances but Duminy was unable to follow suit. He was pinned leg before after five balls by Junaid.
There were no further breakthroughs before lunch, with De Villiers and Faf du Plessis adding 21 more runs by the interval - the former reaching fifty by launching Babar for six down the ground.
But Du Plessis' knock was brought to an end with the last ball of the afternoon session's second over.
Ajmal, predictably, was the man to make it happen.
Du Plessis, on nine, drilled a fuller ball down the ground only to see Ajmal throw out a hand and gather a fine return catch.
With South Africa still 60 shy, an innings loss now seemed a live possibility.
But De Villiers and his new support man, Peterson, had other ideas as they compiled a busy fifty partnership.
Ajmal was operating throughout but the pair played him sensibly.
Instead, it was Junaid who returned to remove De Villiers 10 short of his century.
After his gutsy stand he might have been disappointed to ping a drive to Shan Masood, but by now Peterson was ready to continue the defiance.
Peterson's hard work, assisted by Adnan Akmal's drop, looked to have taken the innings into the evening only for Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel to fall in the space of three Ajmal deliveries right at the end of the session.