Olivier bags five as S. Africa surge ahead

‘We’re in a good po­si­tion but it’s still a mas­sive day to­mor­row, we need to bat as long as pos­si­ble and get a big lead and then bowl well again’

Gulf Times Sport - - CRICKET -

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 sixth-wicket part­ner­ship in 10 overs be­fore the lat­ter edged seamer Kag­iso Rabada (2-41) 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 three­match tour against Pak­istan and four short of the coun­try’s all-time record-holder Buck

Llewellyn, who achieved the feat against Aus­tralia in 1902.

“We’re in a good po­si­tion but it’s still a mas­sive day to­mor­row, we need to bat as long as pos­si­ble and get a big lead and then bowl well again,” Olivier told re­porters at the close of play.

“There is enough in the wicket for the bowlers if you hit the right ar­eas. There are a few cracks open­ing but there is also value for shots for the bats­men if you get your­self in.” The tourists were re­spond­ing to South Africa’s first-in­nings score of 262 af­ter the hosts too had let a promis­ing po­si­tion slip by los­ing their fi­nal seven wick­ets for only 33 runs.

It sug­gests there is a lot in the wicket for the bowlers but de­spite some side­ways move­ment and the usual bounce that comes with the Wan­der­ers pitch, there has not been prodi­gious as­sis­tance.

That was the case in the South African sec­ond in­nings as they looked to build on their 77-run first-in­nings ad­van­tage.

Stand-in cap­tain Dean El­gar (5) failed with the bat for the sec­ond time in the match when he edged to Ahmed off Mo­hamed Amir as Pak­istan made a soli­tary break­through be­fore tea. Ai­den Markram (21), The­u­nis de Bruyn (7) and Themba Bavuma (23) were all also caught be­hind the wicket, while debu­tant Zubayr Hamza (0) was trapped leg be­fore by Fa­heem Ashraf (2-19).


South African bowler Duanne Olivier (cen­tre) cel­e­brates dur­ing the sec­ond day of the third Test against Pak­istan at Wan­der­ers cricket sta­dium in Jo­han­nes­burg.

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