Ahmed Shehzad made the only half-century of a low-scoring match as Pakistan levelled the one-day international series against South Africa at 1-1 with a 66-run win in Dubai.
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The Pakistan opener dug deep to make 58 in 85 balls, the best of a 20-wicket match by a distance, as his side were bowled out for 209.
South Africa would have backed themselves to top that, even in tough batting conditions, but could not get a grip on the bowling and were rolled over for 143 with 56 balls left to bowl.
All-rounder Ryan McLaren was unlucky to find himself on the losing side, making his side's top score of 29 not out and taking four for 34 with the ball.
Pakistan were in control throughout the second innings, though, with spinners Mohammad Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal bowling a combined 18 overs for just 40 runs as well as taking three wickets.
The chase got off to a shaky start when Colin Ingram was castled by a quick inswinger from Sohail Tanvir in the second over.
But after the 10-over powerplay Graeme Smith and JP Duminy had taken the score to 37 for one - just three short of Pakistan's mark at the same stage.
But when Hafeez and Ajmal began to turn the screw with some tight bowling, Smith tried to sweep his way out of trouble and was cleaned up by Ajmal.
Just five balls later Duminy was following him back to the pavilion having nicked the returning Mohammad Irfan to slip for 25.
New man Faf du Plessis saw two nicks drop short on nought but captain AB de Villiers was next to go, Shahid Afridi winning an lbw decision with his first delivery.
That left the Proteas struggling on 66 for four in the 23rd over and that became 73 for five when Du Plessis became Afridi's second victim courtesy of a fine edge.
The last of the specialist batsmen, David Miller, made just 11 before Hafeez had him leg before, leaving all-rounders Wayne Parnell and McLaren an unlikely salvage job.
They made 50 runs between them but never caught up with the rate and when Parnell was dismissed by Irfan the tail subsided to leave McLaren stranded.
Afridi struck the final blow, Imran Tahir stumped by Umar Akmal.
Misbah-ul-Haq had opted to bat first having won the toss but South Africa struck early when Morne Morkel had Nasir Jamshed well caught by Lonwabo Tsotsobe for one in the third over.
Hafeez and Shehzad started well but the former could not kick on and was bowled off the inside edge by McLaren with 26 in 32 balls.
That brought Misbah to the crease and in the 23rd over he lifted Duminy for the first six of the day.
Two balls later Shehzad worked a single off the spinner to reach his half-century in 67 balls.
Having added 60 for the third wicket, both batsmen then fell in consecutive overs.
Misbah hacked McLaren straight to midwicket for 25 and Shehzad's anchor role ended when he fed Imran Tahir a return catch.
Pakistan took the batting powerplay in the 36th over with Umar Amin and Akmal together at 143 for four but the period was a success for the bowlers.
Pakistan scored just 12 for the loss of both men, Akmal dismissed by Morkel and Amin becoming McLaren's third victim.
The mercurial Afridi briefly shone with four boundaries in his 26, but after he fell to Morkel the Proteas wrapped up the innings efficiently with two balls to spare.
Little did they know that Pakistan already had more than enough.