South Africa vs Pakistan, 3rd Test

3rd Test Pakistan Bowlers Fight Back To Defy South Africa On Day 1

3rd Test Pakistan Bowlers Fight Back To Defy South Africa On Day 1

Dale Steyn took the first two second innings wickets to move into the top 10 on the all-time wicket-takers list as the Proteas set about clinching the final Test of the series at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.

Ul-Haq and Massod were victims of fired up Steyn inside 17 overs of their chase after they were set a huge target of 381 by South Africa and the last wicket to fall on the day was that of Azhar who was mesmerized by a ripper from Olivier.

Philander removed Shan Masood for two runs and then had Azhar Ali out first ball to bring to nine the number of wickets in a dramatic final session on what was supposed to be a docile wicket at the Wanderers.

Four overs later Steyn claimed the wicket of Masood after umpire Joel Wilson originally gave him not out.

Duanne Olivier dismissed Azhar Ali for the fourth time in the series when the batsman gloved a bouncer to De Kock.

But Shafiq raced to 48 not out off 47 balls, while Azam looked comfortable in making 17 not out.

Asad Shafiq (48no) and Babar Azam (17no) took Pakistan to 153-3 at the close in Johannesburg, still 228 runs short of their target, while South Africa require another seven wickets for victory. They came together on Saturday when their side were 93 for five, at which stage their lead was a modest 170.

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

Kagiso Rabada also missed the stumps from a close range run out chance with the left-handed batsman stranded halfway down the wicket.

De Kock reached his fifty off 49 balls and his fourth Test century off 121 deliveries.

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed features again in our Play of the Day, but this time it's his work with the gloves that has him smashing wicketkeeping records in the Test series against South Africa, writes ANITHA MADIKIZELA.

Faheem Ashraf and Shadab Khan were the pick of the Pakistan bowlers in the second innings as they bagged three wickets apiece. His total of ten dismissals in the match was one better than the record previously shared by Rashid Latif and Kamran Akmal.

Olivier now has 21 wickets in five innings in this series at an average of 13 against a Pakistan side who are unable to handle his pace and bounce.

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