White­wash in sights

Proteas pull ahead after quick-fir­ing Steyn’s two wick­ets and hard-hit­ting De Kock’s 129

The Witness - - SPORT -

in the Aus­tralia to 45-62 down Quad of the match open­ing

Eng­land, Liver­pool, in Se­ries next SA will night. last on Eng­land face

Satur­day New Mar­itzburg United striker Thabiso Ku­tumela. JOHANNESBURG­ —­ South­ Africa­need­ seven­ more­ wick­ets­ to­ win­ thethird­Test­at­the­Wan­der­ers­and­sweepthe­se­ries­after­Pak­istan­were­153­forthree­ wick­ets­ at­ the­ close­ of­ play­ onyes­ter­day,­ still­ 228­ runs­ short­ of­ adaunt­ing­win­ning­tar­get.

Dale­Steyn­claimed­two­wick­ets­andDuane­Olivier­the­other­for­his­22ndof­the­se­ries­as­South­Africa­re­movedthe­top­or­der­after­Pak­istan­had­madea­solid­start­with­a­67-run­open­ing­part­ner­ship.

Pak­istan­had­been­set­a­tar­get­of­381to­win­after­bowl­ing­their­hosts­out­for303­be­fore­tea­on­the­third­day­of­theTest­in­Johannesburg.­They­will­re­sume­to­day­with­Asad­Shafiq­not­out­on­48and­Babar­Azam­on­17.

Imam-ul-Haq­ and­ Shan­ Ma­sood­made­a­pos­i­tive­start­to­Pak­istan’s­sec­ond­in­nings,­at­tack­ing­the­South­African­pace­ at­tack­ be­fore­ Steyn­ made­ aquick­ dou­ble­ break­through.

Imam-ul-Haq­ got­ a­ feint­ edge­ asSteyn­ moved­ the­ ball­ across­ the­ left­hander­and­was­out­for­35­and­Shan­soon­fol­lowed­back­to­the­pavil­ion­af­tera­ tele­vi­sion­ re­view,­ ad­judged­ to­ have­got­a­slight­in­side­edge­to­an­other­dif­fi­cult­de­liv­ery.

Olivier­then­claimed­the­wicket­ofthe­ out-of-form­ Azhar­ Ali­ as­ wick­et­keeper­Quin­ton­de­Kock­took­his­third­catch­of­the­in­nings.

Olivier­ is­ now­ three­ wick­ets­ of­fe­qualling­ SA’s­ 117-year-old­ record­ forthe­most­wick­ets­in­a­three-Test­se­ries.

De­Kock­hit­the­high­est­score­of­the­series­yes­ter­day­to­help­South­Africa­into­pole­po­si­tion­for­a­third­suc­ces­siveTest­win.­He­scored­129­off­138­balls­for­only­the­sec­ond­cen­tury­of­the­se­ries,­fol­low­ing­Faf­du­Plessis’­103­in­thesec­ond­Test­in­Cape­Town­last­week.

Hashim­Amla­added­71­after­SouthAfrica­had­re­sumed­day­three­on­135-5with­ 21­ from­ Kag­iso­ Rabada­ as­ theypro­vided­sup­port­to­De­Kock.

Amla­was­the­first­wicket­to­go­yes­ter­day,­touch­ing­his­glove­to­a­ris­ingde­liv­ery­ from­ Hasan­ Ali­ on­ a­ pitchcrack­ing­in­places­and­of­fer­ing­un­even­bounce.­ Rabada­ fea­tured­ in­ a­ 79-run­part­ner­ship­for­the­eighth­wicket­withDe­Kock.­—­Reuters.

Score­board

SA first in­nings (77.4 overs) ........ Pak­istan first in­nings (49.4 overs)

South Africa 2nd in­nings 262 185

Dean El­gar c Sar­faraz Ahmed b Mo­ham­mad Amir ................................................... 5 Ai­den Markram c Sar­faraz Ahmed b Mo­ham­mad Abbas ...................................... 21 Hashim Amla c Sar­faraz Ahmed b Hasan Ali ................................................................ 71 The­u­nis de Bruyn c Asad Shafiq b Fa­heem Ashraf ................................................ 7 Zubayr Hamza lbw Fa­heem Ashraf ..0 Temba Bavuma c Sar­faraz Ahmed b Shadab Khan .......................................... 23 Quin­ton de Kock c Hasan Ali b Shadab Khan ......................................................... 129 Ver­non Phi­lan­der lbw Mo­ham­mad Amir ....................................................................... 14 Kag­iso Rabada c Shadab Khan b Fa­heem Ashraf ........................................................ 21 Dale Steyn Not Out ............................... 0 Duanne Olivier c Sar­faraz Ahmed b Shadab Khan ............................................. 1 Ex­tras 2b 6lb 2nb 0pen 1w 11

To­tal (80.3 overs) ............................

Fall of Wick­ets: 1-24 El­gar, 2-29 Markram, 3-45 de Bruyn, 4-45 Hamza, 5-93 Bavuma, 6-195 Amla, 7-223 Phi­lan­der, 8-302 de Kock, 9-302 Rabada, 10-303 Olivier

Bowl­ing

Pak­istan 2nd in­nings

Imam ul-Haq c Quin­ton de Kock b Dale Steyn ......................................................... 35 Shan Ma­sood c Quin­ton de Kock b Dale Steyn .......................................................... 37 Azhar Ali c Quin­ton de Kock b Duanne Olivier ......................................................... 15 Asad Shafiq Not Out .......................... 48 Babar Azam Not Out ............................ 17 Ex­tras 0b 1lb 0nb 0pen 0w 1

To­tal (40.0 overs, 3 wkts) ............. Fall of Wick­ets: 1-67 ul-Haq, 2-74 Khan, 3-104 Ali

To Bat: Ahmed, Khan, Ashraf, Amir, Abbas, Ali

Bowl­ing (Ov Md Rn Wk Econ Ex) Dale Steyn 12 1 37 2 3.08 Ver­non Phi­lan­der 10 3 28 0 2.80 Duanne Olivier 8 2 41 1 5.12 Kag­iso Rabada 10 1 46 0 4.60

PHOTO: GALLO

Quin­ton de Kock of the Proteas takes the catch for the wicket of Azhar Ali of Pak­istan at the Wan­der­ers in Johannesburg yes­ter­day.(Ov Md Rn Wk Econ Ex) Mo­ham­mad Amir 20 2 56 2 2.80 Mo­ham­mad Abbas 18 3 73 1 4.06 1w Hasan Ali 17 1 83 1 4.88 Fa­heem Ashraf 14 3 42 3 3.00 2nb Shadab Khan 11.3 0 41 3 3.57

PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES

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