Lacklustre Pakistan 'pwned' by Smith double ton

SA led by 361 runs as Smith went past Inzamam, Miandad and Gooch for most Test runs.

Reuters/Web Desk October 24, 2013
South Africa's captain Graeme Smith celebrates a century (100 runs) during the second day of the second Test Match between Pakistan and South Africa at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on October 24, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

DUBAI: Captain Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers extended South Africa's first innings lead over Pakistan to a staggering 361 at stumps on the second day of the second Test in Dubai on Thursday with six wickets still in hand.

The Proteas will resume batting on Friday at 460 for four with Smith at 227 not out and de Villiers at an unbeaten 157.

The Pakistanis followed their miserable batting performance with an equally lacklustre bowling display on Thursday, conceding 334 runs in the second day's play while taking just one wicket.

After Mohammad Irfan bowled Dale Steyn for a score of seven, AB de Villiers walked in to join his skipper in a run-marathon of commanding shots struck all over the park.

Resuming on 67 overnight after Pakistan were bowled out for 99 in their first innings, Smith reached his 27th test century from 204 balls in a chanceless knock. He brought up his 150 half an hour before tea with three successive boundaries, and reached a double century in the evening session.

During the innings, the Proteas captain broke new ground by collecting more international Test runs than Inzamam (8830), Miandad(8832) and Graham Gooch (8900) of England.

De Villiers reached his century with 13 fours and a six just before the interval, although he was hobbling about in his crease because of cramp in the oppressive heat.

De Villiers was dropped by keeper Adnan Akmal on his first ball.

Ifan's spell was the only time South Africa came under pressure. He hit Smith with some body blows and the pair exchanged cold stares and heated words. The towering left-armer received two official warnings for running on the pitch in his follow through and he will be suspended for the remainder of the innings if he offends again.

At the end of the day's play, Junaid Khan had bowled 27 overs for 99 runs without a wicket and Mohammad Irfan as many overs for 84 runs and Steyn's scalp.

Spinners Saeed Ajmal and Zulfiqar Babar have two and one wicket to their name in the innings, respectively.

Pakistan lead the two-match series 1-0 after winning the first test by seven wickets in Abu Dhabi last week.

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