South Africa hit back hard after a surprise loss in the First Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi to dominate the Second Test from the second ball of the match back on Wednesday, but unfortunately there won't be a decider in the series with it just scheduled for the two matches.
The action on the third day was marred with South Africa being penalised five runs for damage done to the ball during Pakistan's second innings after the umpires deemed that Faf du Plessis had used the zip on his pants to change the condition of the ball.
Overnight, du Plessis was fined 50 per cent of his match fee with the relatively soft penalty handed down leaving the Pakistanis unhappy, but it did little to change the action on the field on Day 4 on Saturday.
South Africa dominated from the opening over of the match and bowled Pakistan out for 99 on Day 1 before already racking up a lead heading into the second day.
Captain Graeme Smith returned to form in style with 234, the fifth double century of his career, and had strong support from AB de Villiers who scored 164 as the pair led South Africa to a first innings score of 517 thanks to their massive 338-run fifth wicket partnership.
That meant that the Proteas took a first innings lead of 418 and it was always going to be a massive ask for Pakistan to make South Africa bat for as second time.
That became almost an impossible task after two overs of their second innings with Dale Steyn getting rid of Shan Masood for a duck and Vernon Philander also dismissing First Test centurion Khurram Manzoor without scoring.
Pakistan were 2-2 and had managed to crawl to 4-132 by stumps on the third day and still requiring another 286 runs just to make the Proteas bat again.
Captain Misbah-ul-Haq was not out on 42 overnight with Asad Shafiq on 28, and the pair continued to fight hard on Saturday against some strong South African bowling.
Eventually, Misbah and Shafiq put together a tremendous 197-run partnership for the fifth wicket before the skipper fell just short of his second century of the series when part-timer Dean Elgar had him caught by Jacques Kallis on 88, with his innings taking 218 deliveries and including six fours and a six.
That all but ended the fight from Pakistan with Shafiq receiving precious little support from the rest of the Pakistan batting line-up, but it didn’t stop him from continuing his fine knock as he reached triple-figures.
It was the fourth Test century for the 27-year-old and in the end he was Pakistan's last wicket to fall as he valiantly tried to hit out for some quick runs to close out the innings, and match.
He was stumped by de Villiers off the bowling of JP Duminy to be out for 130 with his knock including 15 boundaries and a six, and taking 320 deliveries and almost seven hours at the crease.
Imran Tahir was once again the star with the ball for South Africa as he was in the first innings.
It was the first Test for the 34-year-old since his disastrous 0-180 last year in Adelaide against Australia, and the South African selectors showed the faith in him to play the Second Test ahead of Robin Peterson who struggled in the series-opening loss to Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.
Tahir delivered in the first innings with a terrific 5-32 as Pakistan crumbled to be all out for 99, and then he had to work harder in the second innings but again delivered finishing with figures of 3-98 from 42 overs.
That gave him the impressive figures of 8-130 from 55 overs in the match as he put behind him the horrors of Adelaide that did appear to bring an end to his Test career for South Africa at the time, and in the 12 months since.
Part-time spinner Duminy also did well for South Africa with the ball claiming 3-68 with Steyn, Philander and Elgar picking up a wicket each.