Tahir rips through Pakistan
Imran Tahir's maiden five-wicket Test haul and an unbeaten 67 from Graeme Smith saw South Africa establish a first-innings lead of 29 runs over Pakistan with seven wickets remaining on the first day of the second Test in Dubai.
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Tahir replaced Robin Peterson for the Proteas at the Dubai International Stadium and his return proved to be a dream one as he finished with figures of five for 32.
Dale Steyn, passed fit after a hamstring strain, enjoyed figures of three for 38 as Pakistan were bowled out for 99 in 36.4 overs.
Smith then led from the front as he guided South Africa to 128 for three, his innings coming off 138 deliveries and containing four boundaries.
Pakistan entered the game with a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series but they made a poor start when Khurram Manzoor was out without a run on the board.
Manzoor went for a flamboyant cover drive from an outswinging ball from Steyn, getting a thick edge which flew to Faf du Plessis at gully.
Steyn was unleashing some deliveries that reflected his status as the world's number one-ranked bowler, Shan Masood and Azhar Ali standing in the face of a ball coming at them at up to 91 miles per hour.
Pakistan were making patient progress and had reached 38 when Azhar was out to Morne Morkel.
Morkel bowled a full length which Azhar came forward to play and replays showed the the ball would have clipped leg stump, the batsman out lbw for 19 off 54 deliveries.
Pakistan were then reduced to 52 for three when Masood was bowled by Tahir after making 21 off 60 deliveries.
Pakistan were wobbling and things went from bad to worse when they lost three wickets for no runs after reaching 60.
Younis Khan was first to go for 10 off a full delivery from Steyn which the batsman pushed lamely to AB de Villiers for a simple catch.
Tahir then claimed his second wicket three balls later when Misbah-ul-Haq was caught low on the pad to be lbw for just two.
Tahir was on fire and three deliveries later he claimed his third wicket of the session when his full ball to Adnan Akmal clipped leg stump.
The batsman was out for a duck and had faced just three balls, lunch coming to Pakistan's rescue after a miserable first session.
However, it was merely a prelude to more powerful attack from Tahir and Steyn.
With just four more runs on the board, Saeed Ajmal was run out for a duck as Alviro Petersen hit the stumps with the batsman well short.
Pakistan were limping along and Tahir struck twice in three deliveries, as he bowled both Asad Shafiq (10) and Mohammad Irfan (nought) as Pakistan reached 76 for nine.
It was a case of when not if for Pakistan and although Zulfiqar Babar (25no) and Junaid Khan managed to move the score on to 99, Steyn struck for the third time, his delivery to Junaid (four) taking out middle stump.
South Africa moved steadily in their response and had reached 37 when Petersen was out lbw to Babar after making 26 from 36 deliveries including four boundaries.
Dean Elgar joined Smith at the crease and the pair had shared a stand of 54 when the former was out for 27, getting an inside edge off an Ajmal delivery with the ball flying to Azhar Ali who made a low, clean catch at short leg.
Smith brought up his half-century and guided South Africa in to the lead with a half-volley off Ajmal and driving to the boundary.
His partnership with Jacques Kallis was soon cut short, though, when Ajmal got his second wicket, the South African caught lbw after making seven.
However, he had guided the Proteas to a fine day's work as they look to assert their dominance on Thursday.