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January 13, 2019

Pakistan fight back in final Test


January 13, 2019

JOHANNESBURG: Duanne Olivier took his third five-wicket haul of the series before Pakistan’s bowlers fought back on the second day of the third and final Test against South Africa on Saturday.

Olivier grabbed took five wickets for 51 as South Africa gained a first innings lead of 77 at the Wanderers Stadium.

But the hosts were unable to forge a position of dominance, struggling to 135 for five at the close, an overall lead of 212.

Hashim Amla made a patient 42 not out off 90 balls against tight, disciplined bowling, while Quinton de Kock lifted the scoring rate late in the day by scoring 34 not out off 35 balls.

The wickets were shared between four bowlers with medium-pacer Faheem Ashraf taking two for 19 — with both his wickets coming in his first over — to reduce South Africa to 45 for four.

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

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.

Abbas and opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq, who went on to make 43, were both dropped twice during the first hour of play. South Africa also missed two run-out opportunities.

Pakistan were 91 for five when Imam was caught at second slip off Vernon Philander but Babar Azam (49) and captain Sarfraz Ahmed (50) put on 78 off only 61 balls for the sixth wicket.

Kagiso Rabada ended the stand when Sarfraz was caught at first slip and four balls later Olivier had Babar caught at long leg.

Olivier made it a double strike when Faheem Ashraf was out first ball, splicing a mistimed pull to short leg.

He started the series as fifth-choice bowler but played because of injury to Vernon Philander.

South African stand-in captain Dean Elgar was caught behind for five off Mohammad Amir and first innings top-scorer Aiden Markram followed after making a breezy 21.

The South African innings was in disarray when Faheem dismissed both Theunis de Bruyn and new cap Zubayr Hamza in the space of two balls before Amla and Temba Bavuma (23) added 48 for the fifth wicket. It was left to De Kock to lift the tempo.

Score Board

South Africa won toss

South Africa 1st Innings 262 all out (A K Markram 90; Faheem Ashraf 3-57)

Pakistan 1st Innings

Imam-ul-Haq c Elgar b Philander 43

Shan Masood c De Kock b Philander 2

Azhar Ali c De Kock b Philander 0

Mohammad Abbas c De Bruyn b Olivier 11

Asad Shafiq c De Kock b Olivier 0

Babar Azam c Rabada b Olivier 49

*†Sarfraz Ahmed c Amla b Rabada 50

Shadab Khan c De Bruyn b Rabada 5

Faheem Ashraf c Hamza b Olivier 0

Mohammad Amir c Hamza b Olivier 10

Hasan Ali not out 0

Extras (b 5, lb 10) 15

Total (all out; 49.4 overs) 185

Fall: 1-6, 2-6, 3-53, 4-53, 5-91, 6-169, 7-169, 8-169, 9-185, 10-185

Bowling: Steyn 12-4-35-0; Philander 13-4-43-3; Rabada 11.4-0-41-2; Olivier 13-2-51-5

South Africa 2nd Innings

*D Elgar c Sarfraz b Amir 5

A Markram c Sarfraz b Abbas 21

H Amla not out 42

T de Bruyn c Asad b Faheem 7

Zubayr Hamza lbw b Faheem 0

T Bavuma c Sarfraz b Shadab 23

†Q de Kock not out 34

Extras (b 2, lb 1) 3

Total (5 wickets; 37 overs) 135

Yet to bat: V D Philander, K Rabada, D W Steyn, D Olivier

Fall: 1-24, 2-29, 3-45, 4-45, 5-93

Bowling: Amir 10-2-28-1; Abbas 9-2-33-1; Hasan 6-1-27-0; Faheem 6-2-19-2; Shadab 6-0-25-1

Umpires: Sundaram Ravi (India) and Joel Wilson (West Indies). TV umpire: Bruce Oxenford (Australia). Match referee: David Boon (Australia)