SA NEED SEVEN WICK­ETS TO SWEEP SE­RIES South Africa

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - SPORTS -

South Africa need seven more wick­ets to win the third Test at the Wan­der­ers and sweep the se­ries after Pak­istan were 153 for three wick­ets at the close of play in Johannesburg on Sun­day, still 228 runs short of a daunt­ing win­ning tar­get.

Dale Steyn claimed two wick­ets and Duane Olivier the other for his 22nd of the se­ries as South Africa re­moved the top or­der after Pak­istan had made a solid start with a 67-run open­ing wicket part­ner­ship.

Pak­istan had been set a tar­get of 381 to win after bowl­ing their hosts out for 303 be­fore tea on the third day of the Test.

They will re­sume to­day (14) with Asad Shafiq not out on 48 and Babar Azam on 17.

Imam-ul-haq and Shan Ma­sood made a pos­i­tive start to Pak­istan’s sec­ond in­nings, at­tack­ing the South African pace at­tack be­fore Steyn made a quick dou­ble break­through.

Imam-ul-haq got a feint edge as Steyn moved the ball across the left han­der and was out for 35 and Shan soon fol­lowed back to the pavil­ion after a tele­vi­sion re­view, ad­judged to have got a slight in­side edge to an­other dif­fi­cult de­liv­ery.

Olivier then claimed the wicket of the out-of-form Azhar Ali as wicket-keeper Quin­ton de Kock took his third catch of the in­nings.

Olivier is now three wick­ets off equalling South Africa’s 117-yearold record for the most wick­ets in a three Test se­ries.

De Kock hit the high­est score of the se­ries to help South Africa into pole po­si­tion for a third suc­ces­sive test win.

He scored 129 off 138 balls for only the sec­ond cen­tury of the se­ries, fol­low­ing Faf du Plessis 103 in the sec­ond test in Cape Town last week.

Hashim Amla added 71 after South Africa had re­sumed day three on 135-5 with 21 from Kag­iso Rabada as they pro­vided sup­port to De Kock.

Amla was the first wicket to go, touch­ing his glove to a ris­ing de­liv­ery from Hasan Ali on a pitch crack­ing in places and of­fer­ing un­even bounce.

Rabada fea­tured in a 79-run part­ner­ship for the eighth-wicket with De Kock.

Dale Steyn claimed two wick­ets and Duane Olivier the other for his 22nd of the se­ries as South Africa re­moved the top or­der after Pak­istan had made a solid start

Quin­ton de Kock cel­e­brates

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