Olivier bags five as S.Africa surge ahead
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.