In order to help Pakistan secure its first series against South Africa since 2003 with a 95-run triumph in the second Test on the fifth and final day in Rawalpindi on Monday, medium pacer Hasan Ali took a maiden ten-wicket haul.
Hasan finished with 5-60 to log his best 11-114 match figures and help dismiss South Africa, who had been set to chase a formidable 370 for 274 before the tea break.
Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hasan’s new-ball partner, finished with 4-51, though spinner Yasir Shah took the last wicket to ignite the Pakistan players’ jubilation.
Opener Aiden Markram scored 108 and Temba Bavuma 61 in the fight.
To send Pakistan a scare, they put up a 106-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Before lunch, Markram took a single off the last ball as South Africa entered the break at 219-3, needing 151 to win.
But Hasan ripped through the batting order of the tourists, who lost seven wickets with the second new ball for just 33 runs.
By having the opener trapped in the slip and ending his 335-minute battle, Hasan hit with the second over of the new ball to end Markram’s resistance.
The first outside South Africa, Markram’s fifth test century, featured 13 boundaries and three sixes.
Next ball, Hasan had Quinton de Kock caught for nothing in the slip, finishing the wretched series of South African skippers with just 46 runs.
As he improved on his previous best match figures of 7-83 against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi in 2018, Hasan dismissed George Linde for four to record his third five-wicket haul.
In the morning, as South Africa resumed on 127-1, both teams were engaged in a keen struggle for victory, knowing the best chase at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in ten previous tests was the 200 scored by Sri Lanka in 2000.
South Africa saw Dussen bowling off Hasan’s beautiful inswinger-only the third ball of the day-while Du Plessis was leg-before in the fifth over morning to the same bowler.
For the seasoned Du Plessis, who managed just 55 in four innings, it capped a sub-par series.
In 12 tries, this is Pakistan’s only second Test series victory over South Africa, having lost eight and drawn three.
Pakistan last defeated South Africa 1-0 in 2003 at home in a two-match series.
In Karachi, Pakistan claimed the first Test by seven wickets.
The series victory also lifts Pakistan to fifth in the international test rankings, the first time since January 2017 they have put in the top five.
South Africa is being moved from fifth to sixth.On February 11, 13 and 14, the two teams will now be playing three Twenty20 internationals, all in Lahore.