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Proteas win preserves record

South Africa preserved their seven-year unbeaten run away from home as they beat Pakistan by an innings and 92 runs in Dubai to tie the two-Test series.

The Proteas required five wickets on day four to complete victory, with Zulfiqar Babar not batting due to injury, and AB de Villiers’ stumping of Asad Shafiq off JP Duminy in the evening session ended Pakistan’s resistance.

It extended their record of not losing a Test series abroad since defeat to Sri Lanka in 2006.

But it had been a struggle for Graeme Smith’s men initially. Shafiq and Misbah-ul-Haq resumed their partnership of 52 and both went on to fifties as they reached lunch unbeaten.

It was not until the 25th over of the afternoon session - with the fifth-wicket stand worth 197 runs - that South Africa made a long-awaited breakthrough.

Having survived 217 balls and approaching six hours at the crease, Misbah nicked part-time spinner Dean Elgar to Jacques Kallis at first slip for the 26-year-old’s first Test wicket.

That left Pakistan on 267 for five and proved to be the breakthrough that South Africa needed as they quickly finished off their opponents.

Adnan Akmal and Saeed Ajmal both failed to reach double figures and fell lbw to Pakistan-born leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who finished with nine wickets in the match, before Mohammad Irfan was bowled by Duminy for 14.

Shafiq was fighting a lone, losing battle and fell for a brilliant 130 when he was tempted out of his crease by Duminy from the first ball of the 136th over and de Villiers did the rest.

The day's play started after South Africa all-rounder Francois du Plessis pleaded guilty to the charge of ball-tampering and was fined 50 per cent of his match fee after television footage showed him rubbing the ball near the zipper of his trouser pocket yesterday.

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