Olivier bags five as S.Africa surge ahead

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY SPORT -

JOHANNESBURG, (Reuters) - 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 yes­ter­day.

South Africa, seek­ing a clean sweep of the se­ries, went to the close on 135 for five in their sec­ond in­nings, a lead of 212 runs in a test that is rapidly mov­ing for­ward with 25 wick­ets fall­ing in only six ses­sions.

Hashim Amla (42 not out) and Quin­ton de Kock (34 not out) will seek to set the tourists a chal­leng­ing tar­get on day three, with any­thing over 250 likely to trou­ble a Pak­istan bat­ting lineup that has bat­tled the hos­tile home seam at­tack all se­ries.

Olivier was the pick of the bowlers for South Africa with 5-51 as his pace and steep lift off the wicket re­stricted Pak­istan to 185 in their first in­nings, the vis­i­tors los­ing their last five wick­ets for 16 runs.

Babar Azam (49) and cap­tain Sar­fraz Ahmed (50) mounted an ex­cel­lent fightback after lunch with a 78-run six­th­wicket part­ner­ship in 10 overs be­fore the lat­ter edged seamer Kag­iso Rabada (241) to Amla at sec­ond slip, pre­cip­i­tat­ing a col­lapse.

It will be re­lief for South Africa coach Ot­tis Gib­son, who had seen his side drop four catches in the morn­ing ses­sion to let the vis­i­tors off the hook with un­usu­ally sloppy field­ing.

Tall fast bowler Olivier now has 21 wick­ets in the se­ries, a South African record in a three-match tour against Pak­istan and four short of the coun­try’s all-time record-holder Buck Llewellyn, who achieved the feat against Aus­tralia in 1902.

Devon Smith made a bat­tling 66 in the sec­ond in­nings.

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