Pakistan on the floor as South Africa look to post huge score

After bowling Pakistan out for only 185 runs, South Africa finished the second day of the third Test match with 212 runs lead.

Pakistan on the floor
The hosts were well in control on the second day. After knocking out Pakistan for just 185, South Africa would have hoped to build a healthy lead without losing too many wickets up front. However, Pakistan’s pacers continued to bowl well to cause trouble.

The stand-in captain Dean Elgar (5) was the first man to go courtesy of an excellent delivery from Mohammad Amir. Mohammad Abbas then tempted Aiden Markram to edge one behind with Sarfraz Ahmed grabbing a sharp catch.

Zubayr Hamza and de Bruyn didn’t last long and at 45 for 4, Pakistan seemed to have found a way back into the Test match. But Hashim Amla (42*) and Quinton de Kock (34*) had other plans. The duo safely guided South Africa to the stumps.

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Earlier,  South Africa’s pacers were rewarded for their hard toil when Olivier took the scalps of Abbas and Shafiq. After the break, Pakistan’s duo of Sarfraz Ahmed (50) and Babar Azam came out with a plan to counterattack and succeeded for a while. It was Sarfraz who led from the front, but he departed just after scoring fifty.

Babar too looked in good nick as the pair strung together a stand of 78 in just over 10 overs but he departed in the end with one short of a well-deserved fifty. After his dismissal, it didn’t take too long for Pakistan to get bundled out for 185.

Brief scores:

South Africa 262 and 135/5 (Hashim Amla 42*, Quinton de Kock 34*; Faheem Ashraf 2-19) lead Pakistan 185 (Sarfraz Ahmed 50; Duanne Olivier 5-51) by 212 runs

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