South Africa [ Images ] lost momentum after a brisk start to their second innings but will take a lead of 323 runs over Pakistan into the final day of the second and final Test at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Hashim Amla [ Images ], who became the third batsman after India's [ Images ] Sachin Tendulkar [ Images ] and Virender Sehwag [ Images ] to score a thousand Test runs a calendar year, hit a run-a-ball 62 as South Africa reached 173 for four at the close on Tuesday.
Amla's departure in the sixth over after tea resulted in a loss of momentum with slow left-armer Abdur Rehman and off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez [ Images ] applying the brakes with economical spells.
Pakistan's tailenders had earlier frustrated South Africa who had dismissed Misbah-ul-Haq (77) with the first ball of the day, trapped lbw trying to drive a Dale Steyn [ Images ] in-swinger.
Rehman made his highest Test score of 60 as Pakistan surpassed the follow-on mark of 385 before being bowled out for 434.
Rehman put on 59 with Tanvir Ahmed (30), who hit some swashbucking drives, in an entertaining and crucial ninth-wicket stand.
The first Test in Dubai [ Images ] was drawn.
South Africa first innings: 584 for 9 (declared)
Pakistan first innings
M Hafeez lbw b Steyn 2
T Umar c Amla b Kallis 43
A Ali c Smith b Steyn 90
Younis c Amla b Steyn 14
Misbah-ul-Haq lbw b Steyn 77
A Shafiq c Kallis b Harris 61
A Akmal c Amla b Harris 17
A Rehman lbw b Botha 60
U Gul lbw b Harris 21
T Ahmed c Prince b Morkel 30
M Sami not out 2
Extras (b-5, lb-8, w-2, nb-2) 17
Total (all out, 144.1 overs) 434
Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-119, 3-153, 4-156, 5-263, 6-309, 7-317, 8-353, 9-412, 10-434.
Bowling: Steyn 30-8-98-4 (1-w), Morkel 33-13-94-1 (2-nb, 1-w), Kallis 21-6-77-1, Botha 14.1-3-54-1, Harris 46-17-98-3.
South Africa second innings
A Petersen c Younis b Rehman 35
H Amla b Rehman 62
AB de Villiers [ Images ] lbw b Rehman 25
J Kallis c Umar b Hafeez 10
A Prince not out 27
M Boucher not out 13
Extras (nb-1) 1
Total (four wickets, 49 overs) 173
Bowling: U Gul 4-0-25-0, T Ahmed 3-1-15-0, A Rehman 21-1-73-3, M Sami 5-0-28-0, M Hafeez 16-4-32-1.