CAPE TOWN - Centuries by Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq transformed Pakistan's fortunes on the first day of the second Test against South Africa at Newlands yesterday.
Pakistan were 5-253 for five at stumps, after reeling at 4-33 33 after being sent in.
Younis was caught behind off Vernon Philander 13 balls before the close for 111, while Shafiq was unbeaten, also on 111.
The pair put on 219, a record partnership for any wicket by Pakistan against South Africa.
It was a remarkable turnaround after the South African fast bowlers scythed through their top order early in the day.
Pakistan seemed in danger of another humiliation following their dismissal for a record low of 49 on the way to a 211-run defeat in the first Test in Johannesburg.
"After the first Test match we had a lot of meetings and chats about how we play Test cricket," said Younis.
"It was tough again this morning but everyone knows that if you have a good partnership you have a good chance to come back. "It is all about the partnership and how you motivate yourself again and again and fight for your country."
Proteas captain Graeme Smith's decision to bowl was prompted by cloudy weather, which followed early morning rain. It seemed fully justified as Morne Morkel took two wickets and Philander and Dale Steyn claimed one each, with none of the batsmen looking comfortable.
Younis, Pakistan's most experienced batsman, had to survive some challenging deliveries from Steyn at the start of his innings.