Pakistan collapse, Proteas smell victory

South African bowlers have put up a strong fightback against Pakistan on day two of the first Test at Supersport Park, Centurion.

Pakistan collapse, Proteas smell victory
South Africans celebrate a fall of wicket. ©AFP


The hosts started the second day with 127/5 after they bowled Pakistan out for 181 runs in the first innings. Dale Steyn became South Africa’s all-time leading wicket-taker in Tests by picking his 422nd wicket.

Steyn also came out as a nightwatchman on day one. He was sent back for run-a-ball 23 on the second day.

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Temba Bavuma stood up with a half-century, scoring 53 runs from 87 deliveries. Quinton de Kock made 53-ball 45 runs as South Africa posted 223 with a 42-run lead in the first innings. Pakistani left-arm seamers Mohammad Amir and Shaheen Shah Afridi grabbed four wickets each.

It was Pakistan’s day till the tea break when they went to the interval losing just one wicket of Fakhar Zaman. Imam-ul-Haq and Shan Masood showed Pakistan hopes of putting on a big total. The Proteas came back into the game hard when Olivier, who took 6-for in the first innings, dismissed Imam for 57.

The tourists suffered a batting collapse as they lost their last nine wickets for 89 runs. Shan top-scored with 65 for them. Olivier grabbed his second five-for – 5/59 which made his match figures of 11/96. Kagiso Rabada took two wickets while Steyn bagged two.

Pakistan were bundled out for 190 runs in 56 overs at the end of the day. South Africa will be needing 149 runs to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 181 & 190 allout in 56 overs (Shan 65, Imam 57; Olivier 5/59, Rabada 3/47)

South Africa 223 allout in 60 overs (Bavuma 53, de Kock 45; Amir 4/62, Shaheen 4/64)

Stumps- Day 2

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