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CRICKET / Delightful day for wicketkeeper-batsman de Villiers also

HAIL DALE!Dale Steyn, who again bowled with pace and purpose, celebrates the exit of the Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, one of his five victims in the tourists' second innings.— PHOTO: AP
HAIL DALE!Dale Steyn, who again bowled with pace and purpose, celebrates the exit of the Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, one of his five victims in the tourists' second innings.— PHOTO: AP

Dale Steyn's career-best bowling figures propelled South Africa to a comprehensive 211-run victory over Pakistan on day four of the first Test at the Wanderers on Monday.

Having set Pakistan an improbable 480-run victory target, South Africa bowled it out for 268 in its second innings, the new ball doing the trick as the visitors lost their final six wickets for 59 runs before the lunch break.

Steyn picked up five second innings wickets to finish with 11 for 60, his fifth 10-wicket haul which also earned him the man-of-the-match award.

Wicketkeeper A.B. de Villiers held five catches to add to the six he took in the first innings. He equalled the world record set by Jack Russell for England against South Africa on the same ground in 1995-96.

He also became the first player in Test history to make a century and claim ten or more dismissals in a match after hitting an unbeaten 103 in the second innings.

Stubborn stand

Shafiq's dismissal ended a stubborn fifth wicket stand of 127 with Misbah. The pair added 20 runs to the overnight total of 183 for four in the five overs that had to be bowled before the new ball could be taken.

Only another four runs were added before Steyn had Shafiq caught at second slip by Jacques Kallis for 56 in the third over with the new ball. Shafiq had faced 168 balls and hit nine fours

In his next over Steyn had Pakistan captain Misbah caught behind for 64, made off 167 balls with 11 boundaries.

Sarfraz Ahmed chopped a ball from Vernon Philander on to his stumps and Saeed Ajmal provided de Villiers with his tenth catch of the match when he gloved a lifting ball from Morne Morkel to the wicket-keeper.

There was some frustration for the bowlers as Umar Gul slogged his way to 23 and Morkel was denied a wicket after bowling Junaid Khan when a replay showed he had sent down a no-ball.

But Steyn had Gul caught behind and then trapped Junaid leg before wicket with the fourth ball of the last over before lunch.

The teams meet in the second game of a three-match series in Cape Town from February 14 to 18. — Agencies

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