Ruthless Proteas seal series
South Africa further underlined their status as the world’s best Test side as an outstanding display on day four earned a series victory against Pakistan in the second of three encounters.
Vernon Philander and Robin Peterson took three wickets apiece as Pakistan lost their remaining seven wickets for 69 runs this morning, including three in as many balls, after resuming in a promising position at 100 for three.
That meant the Proteas were tasked with chasing just 182 – something that was not easy against an inspired Saeed Ajmal.
The off-spinner followed up his six wickets in the first innings with 4-51, earning match figures of 10-147 in a four-wicket loss.
Victory was earned largely by a composed knock from Hashim Amla, whose 58 was aided by useful contributions from Graeme Smith, AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis.
Philander's three wickets today saw him finish with 4-40 while Peterson ended with 3-73.
The tourists had resumed 112 runs ahead with seven second-innings wickets intact, Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali having forged a steady partnership.
The former correctly survived an appeal for a catch at slip, yet departed soon after Azhar reached a half-century.
From a Peterson delivery, Misbah top-edged an attempted sweep and Smith took a simple catch at short fine-leg.
Asad Shafiq was soon out in unfortunate fashion as the ball spun backwards from a Philander delivery and removed the off bail.
Sarfraz Ahmed was next to go, fatally missing an attempt to kick Peterson away and being bowled.
With their tails up, the hosts then claimed the vital wicket of Azhar from the very next delivery. On 65, he got a thick outside edge to a Philander ball and was pouched by de Villiers.
The procession continued thereafter; Umar Gul was taken at slip off Philander for a duck, Peterson castled Ajmal around his legs and Mohammad Irfan edged Dale Steyn to slip.
Pakistan responded outstandingly as Alviro Petersen was trapped plumb in front by one from Gul that nipped back.
However, Smith wasted no time setting about the bowlers and, with Amla having settled, South Africa progressed to 63 before the skipper was lbw to Ajmal.
It was the failure of Pakistan to claim a cluster of wickets that meant South Africa were always comfortable.
Kallis was eventually pinned in front by Ajmal, who then bowled Amla – but not before the number three had showed great cool in striking an eye-catching fifty.
The game was as good as over at that stage and, despite Ajmal completing his third Test 10-wicket match by pinning Francois du Plessis in front after AB de Villiers was caught behind off Gul, Dean Elgar slog-swept the winning runs.