Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

Pakistan fight back in final South Africa Test

Hashim Amla clobbers one away Hashim Amla clobbers one away
Cary Erickson | 12 January, 2019, 22:25

South African bowler Vernon Philander (2nd L) celebrates with teammates the dismissal of Pakistan batsman Imam-Ul-Haq (R) during the second day of the third Cricket Test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Wanderers cricket stadium on January 12, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

South Africa lost their final seven first innings wickets for a dismal 33 runs in the evening session on Friday, and then started day two poorly in the field after Pakistan resumed on 17 for two.

South Africa's fiery seamer Duanne Olivier took five wickets as the hosts powered into the ascendancy on day two of the third and final Test against an outgunned Pakistan at the Wanderers on Saturday.

But the hosts were unable to forge a position of dominance, struggling to 135 for five at the close, an overall lead of 212. De Bruyn missed his fifty by a single run when he got out with South Africa's score at 229-4.

He ended an hour of frustration for South Africa when he took two wickets in four balls immediately after the morning drinks break, ending the stubborn resistance of nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas, who batted for 88 minutes and faced 51 balls in scoring 11.

Three balls later Asad Shafiq ducked a bouncer but was caught behind off his glove.

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Muhammad Abbas and Imam Ul Haq received four reprieves from the South African slip cordon who were poor with their hands.

Babar Azam (49) and captain Sarfraz Ahmed (50) mounted an excellent fightback after lunch with a 78-run sixth-wicket partnership in 10 overs before the latter edged seamer Kagiso Rabada (2-41) to Amla at second slip, precipitating a collapse.

South Africa sealed the series by winning the second Test match so there is nothing to play for other than boosting their ranking as a victory will see them move up to 2 and they will have a chance of surpassing India at the top of the ranking.

De Bruyn, needing a good innings to keep his place in the team, was on 48 at tea but added just one run before his departure set off the avalanche of wickets with Hamza, after looking confident on debut, getting a small nick behind for 41.

Captain Faf du Plessis is suspended for this match after receiving a one-match ban for a slow over rate in Cape Town so Dean Elgar will skipper the side here with Zubayr Hamza coming into the middle order while Aiden Markram is an injury doubt and Pieter Malan is on standby to come in for him at the top of the order.

Second time around, the Proteas lost wickets at regular intervals but still managed to extend their lead and had two major players at the crease together at stumps in Hashim Amla and De Kock.