The unbeaten 101 runs partnership for the 5th wicket between Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq kept back Pakistan alive in the 1st Test as they scored 183 for 4 at the end of play on day three against South Africa at the Wanderers.
The guests looked to be direction for a serious defeat when they drooping to 82 for 4 before tea chasing down 480 runs, but the pair batted from first to last the final session to offer Pakistan hope. Pakistan still need 297 runs to win but with the rain predicted on the final two days all results stay possible. Misbah (44 *) and Shafiq (53*) batted patiently, considering out 45 overs in their partnership as South Africa struggle to get a breakthrough.
Earlier, South Africa made a quick start when they resumed their 2nd innings, scoring 68 runs in just nine overs before declaring on 275 for 3.
Resuming on his 63, de Villiers lead the charge with a bright unbeaten hundred from 117 balls. He was ably support by Hashim Amla, who made 74 runs not out by the time Smith called the players in with 50 minutes of the first session gone.