Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

South Africa vs Pakistan, 3rd Test

South Africa vs Pakistan, 3rd Test

Ul-Haq and Massod were victims of fired up Steyn inside 17 overs of their chase after they were set a enormous 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.

With 228 runs required and seven wickets in hand, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Co might have fathomed the improbable- chasing the target down.

The duo added 67-run for the first wicket.

Middle-order batsmen Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq were unbeaten on 17 and 48 runs respectively.

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. Duanne Olivier gave visitors the third blow as he dismissed Azhar Ali when he was on 15.

One of the remaining batsmen will clearly have to score the century that has eluded them in the series to date if Pakistan are to win the match.

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. They came together on Saturday when their side was in shambles at 93 for five, at which stage their lead was a modest 170. De Kock was involved in all three wickets to fall to complete a memorable day.

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

Shadab finished with three for 41 while medium-pacer Faheem Ashraf took three for 42.

With the ball‚ Pakistan's best bowlers were Faheem Ashraf and Shadab Khan with three scalps each‚ Mohammad Amir with two and Mohammad Abbas and Hasan Ali who returned with one each for their troubles.

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