Captain Misbah-ul-Haq ended his two-year century drought in test cricket as Pakistan grabbed a formidable lead of 193 runs against No. 1-ranked South Africa on Wednesday in the first cricket test.

Misbah’s 100 off 187 balls anchored Pakistan to 442 before it was bowled out shortly after tea on the third day.

Misbah’s first hundred since scoring an unbeaten 102 against the West Indies in May 2011 in St. Kitts was well supported by opening batsmen Khurram Manzoor (146) and Asad Shafiq (54).

Vernon Philander, who removed Manzoor in the first session after Pakistan resumed at 263-3, ended up with 3-84.

Top-ranked test bowler Dale Steyn went wicketless until his 24th over when he had Misbah trapped leg before wicket to finish with 3-88.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 442 (Khurrarm Manzoor 146, Misbah—ul—Haq 100, Shan Masood 75, Asad Shafiq 54; Vernon Philander 3-84, Dale Steyn 3-88) leads South Africa 249 and 72-4 (Graeme Smith 32; Zulfiqar Babar 1-0)


Pakistan sitting pretty against South Africa October 15, 2013

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