Over and out for Inzamam
Inzamam-ul-Haq’s final appearance for Pakistan ended in disappointment as he fell agonisingly short of becoming his country’s leading run scorer of all time and South Africa sealed a 1-0 series victory with a draw.
Needing just six second-innings runs to break Javed Miandad’s record, Inzamam managed only three as the hosts ended the last day of second Test in Lahore on 316 for four in pursuit of their target of 457.
Inzamam was dismissed by Paul Harris almost immediately after Jacques Kallis had taken the prized wicket of Pakistan dangerman Younus Khan, who had theatened to inspire his side to a series-levelling win.
A blistering second-wicket partnership of 161 between Younus and Kamran Akmal had given Pakistan hope of pulling off an unlikely victory, but both fell either side of the lunch break as the Proteas secured a draw and the Pakistan run chase eventually petered out.
Wicket-keeper-batsman Akmal hit 71, including eight fours, before he was bowled by Harris, an inside edge dragging the ball onto the stumps.
Younus was even more impressive, plundering a magnificent 130 before he was caught by Mark Boucher after edging a Kallis delivery.
And the wicket-keeper proved the scourge of Inzamam as well, adding to his record tally of dismissals by stumping the former captain as he came down the pitch off the bowling of Harris just five balls later.
The former Pakistan skipper was given a guard of honour by his teammates as he left the pitch for the last time in a Test match.
Following Akmal’s dismissal, Mohammad Yousuf came in and also took the fight to the South African bowlers, helping Younus build his second big partnership of the innings as the hosts reached 222 for two at lunch.
Yousuf missed the first Test because he felt he was not match fit and took some time to get going, at first happy to play the supporting role to the imperious Younus.
But before lunch he began to show some signs of his record-breaking form of 2006 and finished unbeaten on 63 to rack up his 28th Test match half-century in addition to his 23 Test centuries.
Younus, who was dropped on 83 by Hashim Amla, reached his century from 180 balls, plundering 16 fours before he was dismissed, while Shoaib Malik ended not out on 20.