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South Africa win the first test by 160 runs

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South Africa have managed to pull off an emphatic 160-run victory in the first Test at Karachi on the final day’s play. Dale Steyn picked up a five-wicket haul to help the visitors bowl out Pakistan in just 84.5 overs in their second innings. Younis Khan’s threatening innings was also put to an end by Steyn.

Pakistan resumed the final’s day play at 146 for 3 with Younis Khan on 93. South Africa got rid of the two overnight batsmen – Mohammad Asif and Younis Khan before the lunch break. Younis Khan was cleaned up by a reversing delivery from Steyn which ended Pakistan’s hopes of pulling off a surprise win. Younis got himself 126 in 160 with 18 fours and a six.

The Pakistani innings fell apart after the lunch break with the remaining five wickets falling at the addition of 33 runs in about 15 overs. Skipper Shoaib Malik was the last man to be dismissed after having played 99 deliveries getting 33 runs. Malik’s wicket was the only wicket that Makhaya Ntini could get in this Test Match. Pakistan were bundled out for 263 in 84.5 overs. Dale Steyn took his 3rd five-wicket haul. The Man of the Match was awarded to Jacques Kallis for his two hundreds.

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