Younus Khan finished unbeaten on 131 as Pakistan survived in comfortable fashion on the final day in Dubai to earn a draw against South Africa in the first Test.
There were 13 overs of play left when the captains opted to shake hands, with Pakistan having lost just one wicket all day to reach 343-3.
Indeed, if anything it was a slightly surprising move from the Pakistanis who needed a further 108 to secure what would have been an improbable victory.
As it was, Younus and new captain Misbah-ul-Haq (76 not out) were happy to settle for a share of the spoils after snuffing out the Proteas attack with a fine fourth-wicket stand of 186.
South Africa did have chances to make a push for victory, but were undermined by missed opportunities early on the final day.
Younus was dropped by Mark Boucher in the morning as he went after a wide delivery from Dale Steyn and also survived a run-out chance in the ensuing confusion.
Meanwhile, Misbah was put down by Hashim Amla at short-leg off the bowling of off-spinner Johan Botha shortly before lunch.
Playing his first Test match for 16 months, Younus advanced to his 17th Test century in style as he dispatched Botha for a towering six moments before tea.
Heading into the final session, Pakistan needed 167 from 29 overs with the draw already appearing the most likely outcome.
However, their lack of adventure towards the end was rather disappointing given that a flat pitch was offering very little in the way of help to the bowling side.
Having started the day on 109-2, Azhar Ali was the only Pakistan wicket to fall as he was bowled by Paul Harris having moved past his half-century to 63.
But there were to be no further inroads as the match petered out in the closing stages towards an inevitable stalemate.