Pakistan 181 (Babar 71, Olivier 6-37) & 190 (Masood 65, Imam 57, Olivier 5-59) lead South Africa 223 (Bavuma 53, Amir Four-62, Afridi Four-64) by 148 runs
The Centurion Check continued to twist and activate the second day as South Africa secured a 42-run lead earlier than Pakistan eased to 101 for 1 after which imploded after tea to be bowled out for 190. Duanne Olivier added to his six-wicket haul within the first innings with 5 for 59 within the second to document match figures of 11 for 96 – the-third greatest figures in Assessments at this floor. Imam-ul-Haq and Shan Masood drove Pakistan ahead with fifties however there have been additionally three geese within the guests’ second-dig collapse, with captain Sarfraz Ahmed bagging a pair. South Africa might want to chase simply 149 on Friday to win the match in three days.
Pakistan’s prime order had seemed way more assured within the second session, with Imam and Fakhar Zaman erasing South Africa’s lead earlier than Imam mixed with Masood in a 57-run second-wicket stand that put Pakistan within the snug place of 100 for 1 at tea, a lead of 58. However when Imam fell within the opening moments of the night session, chopping Olivier onto his stumps for 57, South Africa had their opening.
Azhar Ali acquired himself in an terrible muddle making an attempt a pull at an Olivier bouncer, spooning a catch to a diving Kagiso Rabada at quick midwicket to fall to the third ball he confronted. Olivier had his tail up, bowling a splice-jarring size at specific tempo, and Dale Steyn shortly received his battle with a flat-footed Asad Shafiq, but it surely was Rabada who tore by way of the lower-middle order, nipping Babar Azam, Sarfraz and Mohammad Amir out in successive overs. Whereas Babar was undone by a peach of a supply, Sarfraz chased a ball exterior off and Amir was castled by one which stored low.
With the rearguard wrecked, Olivier picked up his tenth wicket within the match when Yasir Shah edged the very first ball he confronted – predictably, a bouncer – by way of to Quinton de Kock. Pakistan had been 159 for eight, and amid the carnage, solely Masood had stood agency, citing a 77-ball fifty within the 39th over of the innings.
Masood survived a evaluate when South Africa thought he had gloved a brief ball from Olivier, and with Hasan Ali for firm, performed his pictures to counter Olivier’s head-hunting size. Collectively that they had stretched Pakistan’s result in 143 when Steyn returned and Masood performed one pull too many, selecting out Keshav Maharaj at deep midwicket – certainly one of three fielders within the deep on the leg aspect.
The dismissal gave Steyn his 50th wicket towards Pakistan in Assessments, however fittingly it was Olivier who introduced the innings to an in depth. An unsettled Shaheen Afridi fended yet one more quick one into the leg aspect, with Aiden Markram at quick leg holding on to a wonderful reflex catch, and Pakistan’s collapse was an eye-watering 9 for 89.
Their capitulation stood in stark distinction to the grit displayed by the highest three after lunch. Imam had been the fortunate recipient of a missed probability by Hashim Amla at first slip within the fifth over of the innings, however he made the drop depend to maintain South Africa sweating by way of the second session. He and Fakhar rode their luck to take Pakistan stage earlier than Fakhar fell towards the run of play, lifting a leg-stump half volley from Olivier straight to Rabada at nice leg – the one fielder within the deep on that aspect of the pitch.
Imam was unflustered by the dismissal, easing to a 71-ball fifty, and the peace of mind of his and Masood’s batting gave no trace of the havoc that might come. However the character of the pitch has meant that the bowlers have managed this fast-moving Check all through, and South Africa had been equally examined this morning – although the outcomes weren’t fairly as catastrophic for them.
With Amir probing with each the brand new and outdated ball, and not one of the South African prime 5 reaching 30, the hosts had been grateful for the efforts of Temba Bavuma and de Kock, who carried them to 223 and a slim lead.
De Kock seemed to play as he often does, simplifying his attacking intent, and Bavuma seemed the image of composure as he eased calmly to his third Check fifty within the calendar 12 months. However there was sufficient within the monitor, even with the outdated ball, to maintain the bowlers and Bavuma admitted on the finish of the day that he “by no means felt in”.
He edged Afridi behind shortly earlier than drinks within the morning, however de Kock put South Africa forward with a languid drive and continued to pepper the duvet boundary. Even handed use of the evaluate helped prise Maharaj from the crease, and Rabada entered and performed his pictures earlier than he and de Kock fell in fast succession with South Africa having earned a small, however helpful lead.
That lead seemed much more helpful when Pakistan folded in spectacular session within the night, and as had been the case on the primary day, 15 wickets fell within the day. A lot might rely on the primary hour of the third morning. If South Africa can get a strong begin, their chase might be a easy one. However Pakistan have the personnel and a pitch that might but add a remaining twist on day three if they’ll strike early. Both approach, the match might nicely be over earlier than the thunderstorms predicted on Friday afternoon afternoon get near the bottom.