Proteas pace quartet flatten Pakistan to start second Test

Hosts South Africa rested at stumps of the first day of the second Test against Pakistan trailing by 54 runs from the first innings of the tourists.

Proteas pace quartet flatten Pakistan to start second Test

Aiden Markram aided 78 to diminish hastily the paltry first innings total of Pakistan noting only 177 before being restricted within 51 overs of the opening day in Cape Town.

Mohammad Amir and Shan Masood brought something to cheer for Pakistan in the day when they returned Markram and Elgar into the pavilion but the home side possesses 8 wickets in hand to extend their dominance from here on.

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In the first two sessions, South Africa’s decision to keep an all pace attack in front paid dividends immediately upon winning the toss and opting to bowl first. The Proteas pace quartet literally crumbled the opposition in New Lands wicket tinged with green.

Duanne Olivier, following up a match-winning performance in the Centurion Test, took four for 48, while Dale Steyn grabbed three from the rest leaving Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander to share the left out threes between them.

Sarfraz made 56 coming in at the moment of collapse at 54 for five. The Pakistan skipper put 60 for the sixth wicket with Shan Masood (44) and 42 for the seventh wicket with Mohammad Amir (22 not out).

At the scheduled tea break Pakistan were nine down and the match officials delayed another fourteen minutes to make things done.

South Africa are leading the series 1-0 winning the first Test in Centurion by 6 wickets.

Brief Score:

Pakistan 1st innings 177 all out (51.1 overs)

Sarfraz Ahmed 56, Shan Masood 44, Mohammad Amir 22*

Duanne Olivier 4/48, Dale Steyn 3/48, Kagiso Rabada 2/35

South Africa 1st innings 123/2 (30 overs)

Aiden Markram 78, Hashim Amla 24*

Mohammad Amir 1/25

Toss: South Africa 


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