Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
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Pakistan vs South Africa: Dominant SA complete 3-0 sweep

Pakistan vs South Africa: Dominant SA complete 3-0 sweep

South Africa, with a foundation of 90 runs from Aiden Markram and handy contributions from Hashim Amla, Theunis de Bruyn and debutant Zubayr Hamza, were 226-3 at tea but collapsed after and lost seven wickets for a paltry 33 runs as Pakistan's bowlers found reverse swing to seize the initiative.

Set to make a daunting 381 to win, Pakistan were 153 for three at the close, needing another 228 runs.

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.

Imam and Masood made a positive start as Pakistan set off in pursuit of an imposing target but both were eventually undone by Steyn, caught behind, as the seamer moved past Richard Hadlee in the list of all-time Test wicket-takers with his first and up to joint-eighth, level with Rangana Herath and Stuart Broad on 433, with his second.

When the score went past the 100-run mark, a ferocious delivery from Olivier sent Azhar Ali packing for just 15.

While Amla patiently compiled an innings of 71 off 144 balls, the left-handed de Kock played fluently as the pair put on 102 for the sixth wicket.

De Kock went to the wicket with his side in some trouble at 93 for five, at which stage their lead was a modest 170.

De Kock raced into the nineties with a flurry of boundaries and after being delayed for a short time on 99, he reached three figures with a crisp, straight drive for four.

Dean Elgar and Sarfraz Ahmed, captain of South Africa and Pakistan respectively. However, he did not get enough support from the other batsmen with only Imam-ul-Haq (43) and Babar Azam (49) getting among runs.

BOWLING: Mohammad Amir 20-2-56-2; Mohammad Abbas 18-3-73-1 (1w); Hasan Ali 17-1-83-1; Faheem Ashraf 14-3-42-3 (2nb); Shadab Khan 11.3-0-41-3.

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