Late wickets put South Africa in command

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LAHORE, Oct 9 (Reuters) Pakistan struggled to 140 for four in reply to South Africa's 357 all out at the close on day two of the second test at the Gaddafi stadium today.

Inzamam-ul-Haq, 37, appearing in his 120th and final test, was unbeaten on 10 alongside Misbah-ul-Haq (10) after Pakistan lost four wickets in the final session despite a confident opening stand of 90 by Salman Butt (40) and Kamran Akmal (52).

Left-arm spinner Paul Harris took two wickets and pacemen Andre Nel and Dale Steyn took one each to rock Pakistan, who lost four wickets in the space of 33 runs.

Inzamam got a warm ovation from a crowd of around 5,000 and a guard of honor from the South African team as he walked into bat at the same venue where he made his debut 17-years ago.

Butt and Akmal brought up the fifty in 7.5 overs but the visiting bowlers gained control after Harris had Butt caught round the corner by Graeme Smith as the batsman top edged a sweep shot.

Nel then bowled Younis Khan (3), and Smith scooped up a low diving catch in the covers to get rid of Akmal, who hit seven fours in his sixth test fifty.

The biggest blow came with the total on 123 when Steyn trapped Mohammad Yousuf (25) leg before although television replays suggested the ball was high.

South Africa were earlier boosted by an eighth-wicket stand of 88 from 212 balls between Mark Boucher (54) and Harris (46) to frustrate the Pakistanis after resuming on their overnight 259 for six.

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