Pakistan's opener Khurram Manzoor drives as South African wicketkeeper AB de Villiers looks on. Photo: AFP
Opener Khurram Manzoor notched a maiden hundred to help Pakistan take the upper hand in the first Test against South Africa on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old right-hander was unbeaten on 131 and skipper Misbah-ul Haq was 44 not out as Pakistan replied with 3-263 to South Africa's 249 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Manzoor put on 135 for the opening wicket with debutant Shan Masood (75).
Manzoor, who hit twin half-centuries in Pakistan's last Test against Zimbabwe in Harare in September, dominated during his 244-ball knock and has so far hit 14 boundaries.
He and Misbah added 85 for the unbroken fourth wicket stand as Pakistan looked set to take a big lead.
In the morning, South Africa was dismissed after adding just four runs to its overnight score of 8-245.
Manzoor started confidently, blunting a four-pronged South African pace attack on a lifeless pitch, reaching 77-0 with Masood at lunch.
Left-hander Masood was the first to reach his half-century, his first in Tests, off 102 balls while Manzoor reached his sixth fifty, and third in a row in Tests, off 96 deliveries.
Masood finally fell, leg-before, to part-timer Jean-Paul Duminy after hitting eight boundaries off 140 balls.
South Africa then hit back with two quick wickets. Paceman Vernon Philander had Azhar Ali caught behind for 11 and then Morne Morkel had Younis Khan caught in the slips for one to leave Pakistan at 3-178.
But Manzoor continued in the same vein, sweeping left-arm spinner Robin Peterson for two boundaries. An over later he pushed the same bowler for two to reach the three-figure mark, getting a standing ovation from the 7000-strong crowd.
He took 198 balls to reach the milestone, bettering his previous best of 93 made at Colombo against Sri Lanka in 2009.
This was Pakistan's first century opening stand since Taufiq Umar and Mohammad Hafeez put on 114 against England in Dubai in January last year, 10 Tests ago.
The Manzoor-Masood pair is Pakistan's sixth different combination in seven Tests.
Earlier, Mohammad Irfan (3-44) dismissed centurion Hashim Amla off the second ball of the day.
Amla, who made 118, edged a sharp delivery straight to Younis Khan at slip for a regulation catch. He hit 13 boundaries off 252 balls and held the South African innings together on Monday.
With the catch, Younis equalled Javed Miandad's all-time record of Test catches for Pakistan with 93. Miandad reached the tally in 124 Tests compared to Younis's 85 Tests.
South Africa (1st innings - overnight 8-245)
A. Petersen c Masood b Irfan 3
G. Smith c Akmal b Irfan 15
Hashim Amla c Younis b Irfan 118
J. Kallis c Akmal b Khan 5
AB de Villiers run out 19
JP Duminy c Shafiq b Babar 57
F. du Plessis c Shafiq b Babar 1
R. Peterson b Babar 5
V. Philander lbw b Ajmal 3
D. Steyn st Akmal b Ajmal 15
M. Morkel not out 2
Sundries (b1, lb4, nb1) 6
Total (all out) 249
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Petersen), 2-19 (Smith), 3-43 (Kallis), 4-104 (de Villiers), 5-199 (Duminy), 6-205 (du Plessis), 7-217 (Peterson), 8-222 (Philander), 9-245 (Amla)
Bowling: Irfan 18.2-4-44-3 (nb1), Khan 18.4-2-52-1, Babar 27-2-89-3, Ajmal 29.1-6-59-2
Pakistan (Ist innings)
Khurram Manzoor not out 131
Shan Masood lbw b Duminy 75
Azhar Ali c de Villiers b Philander 11
Younis Khan c Petersen b Morkel 1
Misbah-ul Haq not out 44
Sundries (nb1) 1
Total (3 wkts - close) 263
Fall of wickets: 1-135 (Masood), 2-173 (Ali), 3-178 (Younis)
Bowling: Steyn 16-4-55-0 (nb1), Philander 14-4-31-1, Morkel 15-4-23-1, Kallis 9-1-28-0, Peterson 18-1-79-0, Duminy 10-1-39-1, du Plessis 2-0-8-0.