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Cricket: Pakistan ready for South Africa, says Misbah

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq said Monday his side was ready to take on the mighty South Africans, despite missing an opener and enduring a wretched recent run of form. The sides meet for a two-Test series in the United Arab Emirates starting next week, with Pakistan coming off the back of an embarrassing drawn series against minnows Zimbabwe. South Africa, rated number one Test team in the world, whitewashed Pakistan 3-0 at home earlier in the year, but Misbah insisted his men would rise to the challenge.

Cricket: South Africa win toss and bat v Pakistan

South Africa won the toss and decided to bat in the fourth one-day international at Kingsmead on Thursday. South Africa, who lead the five-match series 2-1, were without Faf du Plessis, who will miss the last two matches as well as the start of the Indian Premier League next month because of a back injury. He was replaced by David Miller, who plays for the Durban-based Dolphins franchise. Pakistan also made one change, with Imran Farhat replacing opening batsman Nasir Jamshed, in a day match starting in bright sunshine. Teams:

Cricket: South Africa v Pakistan scoreboard

Scores at lunch on the third day of the third and final Test between South Africa and Pakistan at SuperSport Park on Sunday: South Africa, first innings, 409 Pakistan, first innings, 156 Pakistan, second innings (overnight 14-1) Mohammad Hafeez b Steyn 0 Azhar Ali not out 27 Younis Khan c Smith b Steyn 11 Imran Farhat not out 32 Extras (lb5, nb2, w10) 17 Total (2 wkts, 37 overs) 87

Cricket: Defiant Azhar Ali leads Pakistan resistance

Azhar Ali defied the South African bowlers as Pakistan sought to avoid an innings defeat on the third day of the third and final Test at SuperSport Park on Sunday. Needing 253 to make South Africa bat again, Pakistan were 87 for two at lunch, still 166 runs behind, after a morning which yielded 73 runs in 28 overs. Azhar, who opened the batting in place of the injured Imran Farhat on Saturday evening, was unbeaten on 27, eking out over 110 balls.

Cricket-Second Pakistani forced out of S.Africa tour by injury

Feb 5 (Reuters) - Pakistan lost a second injured player on their tour of South Africa when uncapped batsman Haris Sohail was sent home on Tuesday without playing a match. "Haris has developed a strain in his left ankle and requires four to five weeks to recover so he is returning home," Pakistan Cricket Board official Nadeem Sarwar told Reuters. The visitors had already lost experienced test opener Taufiq Umar because of a leg injury and his replacement, Imran Farhat has yet to join the squad in South Africa.

Cricket-Injured Taufiq ruled out of South Africa series

KARACHI, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Pakistan opener Taufiq Umar has been ruled out of the series against South Africa as he has failed to recover from a leg injury, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Wednesday. The 31-year-old batsman, who missed a four-day warm-up match in East London after suffering the injury during a nets session, will be replaced by Imran Farhat.
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