SA re­gain con­trol

Hosts lead by 212 af­ter Olivier’s five-for and Amla’s 42* as Pak­istan fight back

Sport360 - - News - By Dave James @Sport360 ✉ ed­i­to­[email protected]

Duanne Olivier took his third fivewicket haul of the se­ries be­fore Pak­istan’s bowlers fought back on the sec­ond day of the third and fi­nal Test against South Africa on Satur­day.

Olivier grabbed took five 5-51 as South Africa gained a first in­nings lead of 77 at the Wan­der­ers Sta­dium. But the hosts stum­bled be­fore re­cov­er­ing to 135-5 at the close, an over­all lead of 212.

Hashim Amla made a pa­tient 42 not out off 90 balls against dis­ci­plined bowl­ing, while Quin­ton de Kock lifted the scor­ing rate by scor­ing 34 not out off 35 balls.

The wick­ets were shared be­tween four bowlers with medi­umFormer pacer Fa­heem Ashraf tak­ing two for 19 – with both his wick­ets com­ing in his first over – to re­duce South Africa to 45-4.

Fast bowler Olivier was twice in­volved in cru­cial break­throughs as Pak­istan were bowled out for 185 in their first in­nings.

He ended an hour of frus­tra­tion for South Africa when he took two wick­ets in four balls im­me­di­ately af­ter the morn­ing drinks break, end­ing the stub­born re­sis­tance of night­watch­man Mo­ham­mad Ab­bas, who bat­ted for 88 min­utes and faced 51 balls in scor­ing 11.

Three balls later Asad Shafiq ducked a bouncer but was caught be­hind off his glove.

Ab­bas and open­ing bats­man Imam-ul-Haq, who went on to make 43, were both dropped twice dur­ing the first hour of play. South Africa also missed two run-out chances.

Pak­istan were 91-5 when Imam was caught at sec­ond slip off Ver­non Phi­lan­der but Babar Azam (49) and cap­tain Sar­fraz Ahmed (50) put on 78 off only 61 balls for the sixth wicket.

Kag­iso Rabada ended the stand when Sar­fraz was caught at first slip and four balls later Olivier had Azam caught at long leg.

Olivier made it a dou­ble strike when Fa­heem Ashraf was out first ball, splic­ing a mist­imed pull to short leg.

Olivier started the se­ries as South Africa’s fifth-choice fast bowler but played in the first Test in Cen­tu­rion be­cause of in­juries to Ver­non Phi­lan­der and Lungi Ngidi.

South African stand-in cap­tain Dean El­gar was caught be­hind for five off Mo­ham­mad Amir and first in­nings top-scorer Ai­den Markram fol­lowed af­ter mak­ing a breezy 21.

The South African in­nings was in dis­ar­ray when Ashraf dis­missed both The­u­nis de Bruyn and new cap Zubayr Hamza in the space of two balls be­fore Amla and Temba Bavuma (23) added 48 for the fifth wicket. It was left to De Kock to lift the tempo.

Brief scores South Africa 262 & 135-5 (H Amla 42*, F Ashraf 2-10) v Pak­istan 185 (S Ahmed 50, D Olivier 5-51)

21 wick­ets al­ready in five in­nings for Olivier

Wrecker in chief: Duanne Olivier picked up his third five-wicket haul of the se­ries.

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