Pakistan face test of character at Wanderers

Against South Africa, the visitors need 297 more to win after collapsing to their lowest Test score of 49.

updated: February 04, 2013 13:26 IST
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An undefeated century stand between skipper Misbah-ul-Haq (44) Asad Shafiq (53 not out) on Day 3 of the Wanderers Test on Sunday has kept Pakistan alive and kicking against South Africa. On Monday, the visitors have to show the same tenacity and application on a wicket where batting has not been difficult.

Having crashed to their lowest score of 49 in the first innings, Pakistan still need 297 runs with six second innings wickets in hand for a win. With rain forecast over the next two days, all three results are a possibility.

"Whatever happens from here, today (Sunday) should give all the players confidence for the remaining Two test matches in Cape Town and Centurion," Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore told reporters in Johannesburg.

"I thought the wicket settled down a bit too and what we wanted to do today was show better application. We did that and the players will have learnt a lot from this experience. Nine of our 11 for this Test have never played in South Africa with the red ball and so it is a big learning curve," the Aussie said.

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