In top gear

Cen­tu­rion Quin­ton de Kock rat­tles Pak­istan bowlers

Daily Dispatch - - Front Page - MAHLATSE MPHAHLELE

SA re­main on course to a com­pre­hen­sive 3-0 vic­tory and se­ries white­wash over Pak­istan after they re­stricted their vis­i­tors to 153/3 after 40 overs at close of day three of this third and fi­nal Test match on Sun­day.

When the um­pires called stumps‚ Pak­istan still needed 228 runs to stun SA and win this match and their mis­sion looks un­likely as they have al­ready lost key batsmen in Imam-ulHaq‚ Shan Ma­sood and Azhar Ali.

They will re­sume on the fourth day on Mon­day against the might of fast bowlers Dale Steyn‚ Kag­iso Rabada‚ Ver­non Phi­lan­der and Duanne Olivier who have re­stricted them to less than 200 in four of the five com­pleted in­nings so far.

Most of the bat­ting work for Pak­istan on Mon­day morn­ing will be for un­beaten Asad Shafiq (48) and Babar Azam (17) who weath­ered the late fast bowl­ing storm by SA on Sun­day after they lost Ul-Haq‚ Ma­sood and Azhar Ali for un­der­whelm­ing scores of 35‚ 37 and 15 re­spec­tively.

Ul-Haq and Mas­sod were vic­tims of a fired up Steyn in­side 17 overs of their chase after they were set a gi­gan­tic tar­get of 381 by SA and the last wicket to fall on the day was that of Azhar who was mes­mer­ized by a rip­per from Olivier.

With the wicket of Ul-Hag‚ Steyn cap­tured his 432nd wicket in 91 matches to move to 10th place on the lead­ing Test wicket tak­ers of all time and when he re­moved Mas­sod he took his 50th wicket at Wan­der­ers.

Pak­istan man­aged to bowl the Proteas out for 303 with Quin­ton de Kock siz­zling with a pa­tient but stylish fourth cen­tury and his first in two years while Hashim Amla made a telling con­tri­bu­tion of 71.

With the ball‚ Pak­istan’s best bowlers were Fa­heem Ashraf and Shadab Khan with three scalps each‚ Mo­ham­mad Amir with two and Mo­ham­mad Abbas and Hasan Ali who took one each.

Pic­ture: GALLO IMAGES/GOR­DON ARONS

WELL DONE: : Hashim Amla, left, con­grat­u­lates Quin­ton de Kock on reach­ing his half-cen­tury dur­ing day three of the third Test be­tween South Africa and Pak­istan at the Wan­der­ers Sta­dium, Johannesburg on Sun­day. De Kock went on his fourth Test cen­tury.

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