Pakistan fight back after South Africa set 381 target

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 14, 2019

The Proteas recovered from a spell of dropping four catches to take three wickets in the morning session of day 2 of the third Test at the Wanderers to leave Pakistan on 111/5 at lunch.

Quinton de Kock hit an imperious century to put South Africa in a powerful position on the third day of the third and final Test against Pakistan at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday, then warned that completing a series clean sweep would not be easy.

While Amla patiently compiled an innings of 71 off 144 balls, the left-handed De Kock played fluently as the pair put on 102 for the sixth wicket.

Imamul Haq avoids a bounce.

Amla has also had a good outing with more than 100 runs in the match and, if one looks beyond the immediate outcome of the Test series, it is good news for South Africa's World Cup prospects as, barring the unexpected, Amla and De Kock will lead off the Proteas batting line-up as they attempt to bring home the 50 overs premier trophy.

Fast bowler Olivier was twice involved in crucial breakthroughs as Pakistan were bowled out for 185 in their first innings.

Faheem Ashraf, one of three changes to the Pakistan side after losing the first two tests, took 3-57 as South Africa crumbled after tea.

Abbas was caught by De Bruyn at slip and three balls later Asad Shafiq left his hands and bat above his head as he tried to duck a bouncer and edged to De Kock behind the stumps.

Imam-ul-Haq and Shan Masood got Pakistan off to their best start of the series, putting on 67 for the first wicket. South Africa also missed two run-out opportunities.

Rabada was another notable contributor for the Proteas as he chipped in with a useful 21 and in the process outscored more affluent batsmen in stand-in captain Dean Elgar (5)‚ Theunis de Bruyn (7)‚ Zubayr Hamza (0) and Vernon Philander (14).

Kagiso Rabada ended the stand when Sarfraz was caught at first slip and four balls later Olivier had Azam caught at long leg. Olivier made it a double strike when Faheem Ashraf was out first ball, splicing a mistimed pull to short leg. Abbas received another reprieve when Quinton de Kock dived to his right but could not hang on to the ball, much to the disgust of Dale Steyn, who went off the field momentarily clutching at his right shoulder which he injured two years ago.

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