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Cricket: Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in third Test

Pakistan pulled off a thrilling five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the third and final Test in Sharjah on Monday, levelling the series at 1-1. Pakistan were set a daunting target of 302 in 59 overs on the fifth and final day, but they chased it down as if playing Twenty20 cricket, with Azhar Ali (103) and Sarfraz Ahmed (48) sharing a rapid 89-run fourth wicket stand. Misbah-ul-Haq finished with 68 not out and took the winning single with nine balls to spare. Sri Lanka won the second Test in Dubai by nine wickets after the first Test ended in a draw in Abu Dhabi.

Cricket: Pakistan fined for slow over-rate in second ODI

Pakistan had salt rubbed into their wounds when they were fined for their slow over-rate durng a narrow two-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka on Friday. Pakistan looked on course to win after posting a healthy 284 in their innings in the second one day international in Dubai, but the Sri Lankan tail-enders saw their team home with just two balls to spare. And on Saturday the International Cricket Council (ICC) said Misbah-ul-Haq's team were one over short during the time allotted for the 50 overs.

Cricket: Philander shines as Pakistan struggle

Vernon Philander led a strong performance by South Africa's bowlers as Pakistan struggled in the third and final one-day international at SuperSport Park on Saturday. Philander took three for 26 in a Pakistan total of 179 all out. Captain Misbah-ul-Haq top-scored for his team with 79 not out but no other batsman reached 30 Philander, recently recalled to the one-day side after starring for the South African Test team, struck with the fourth ball of the match when Ahmed Shehzad was caught at first slip without scoring.

Cricket: South Africa bowl in final ODI

South Africa won the toss and sent Pakistan in to bat in the third and final one-day international at SuperSport Park on Saturday. With Pakistan having clinched the series by winning the first two matches, both sides showed several changes. Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn, both with minor injuries, were rested from the South African team, while Graeme Smith was absent because of a family bereavement.

Cricket: Misbah hails Pakistan series victory

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq hailed his country's first win in a bilateral series against South Africa after they pulled off a thrilling one-run win in the second one-day international at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday. Hashim Amla (98) and AB de Villiers (74) took South Africa to the brink of victory but South Africa could score only seven runs off the last nine balls, while losing two wickets. Set to make 263 to win, they finished on 261 for six. Misbah admitted that a win seemed unlikely with two overs to go.

Cricket: Pakistan bat in first one-day international

Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat in the first one-day international against South Africa at Newlands on Sunday. The South African team featured the return of veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis for his first one-day international since February 2012, while Test captain Graeme Smith was also back in the side after missing the last three matches of a recent series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates because of post-concussion syndrome.

Cricket: Pakistan win toss, bat in second one-day

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and decided to bat in the second day-night international against South Africa in Dubai on Friday. Opener Ahmed Shahzad, who scored 58 in Pakistan's upset one-run loss in the first one-day in Sharjah on Wednesday, recovered from a wrist injury as Pakistan remained unchanged. South Africa also kept the same line-up from the first one-day. The remaining matches will be played in Abu Dhabi (November 6 and 8) and Sharjah (November 11). Teams:

Cricket: South Africa beat Pakistan to level series

South Africa beat Pakistan by an innings and 92 runs in the second and final Test in Dubai on Saturday, levelling the series at 1-1. Pakistan were bowled out for 326 in their second innings with Asad Shafiq top-scoring with 130 while skipper Misbah-ul-Haq scored 88. The win also maintained South Africa's seven-year unbeaten run in series away from home since losing in Sri Lanka in 2006. Brief scores: Pakistan 99 and 326; South Africa 517 sh/as

Cricket: Conditions made the difference - Misbah

Victorious captain Misbah-ul Haq conceded that different conditions in the United Arab Emirates had helped Pakistan beat world's top team South Africa just a month after losing to minnows Zimbabwe. Pakistan won the first Test against South Africa by seven wickets on a spin-friendly Shekih Zayed Stadium pitch with a day to spare, taking a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. Misbah said his team benefitted on home-like conditions suited to his bowlers and batsmen.

Cricket: Rock-steady S. Africa face unpredictable Pakistan

World number one South Africa will hold most of the aces against an erratic and unpredictable Pakistan when the teams open a two-Test series from Monday. Graeme Smith's Proteas have dominated the five-day format and are unbeaten in a Test series (away from home) since losing to Sri Lanka 2-0 in 2006. Their record against sub-continent teams is particularly impressive as they have lost only four out of their last 20 Tests against such opposition, doing so just once in an away series.
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