Cricket

South Africa close in on victory as Pakistan crumble again on an eventful day.

Pakistan struck early on Day 3, as de Kock was caught by Asad Shafiq off Amir for 59. Philander and Rabada both were clean bowled off Amir by a brute of a ball. Shaheen Shah got the last wicket of Dale Steyn to wrap the South Africa innings at 431 with a massive lead of 254

Inform Shan and Imam started the innings but Pakistan suffered an early blow once again. Steyn got the better of Imam for 6 only. Azhar joined Shan at 10-1 but his bad run continues and he was undone by a Rabada’s ball that kept a bit low leaving Pakistan at 27-2. Asad and Shan safely took Pakistan to 37-2 at the lunch break.

Shan and Asad played counterattacking cricket in the second session. Asad raced to his fifty off only 56 balls. And Shan Masood got his fifty off 92 balls. Both put on decent 132 runs for the 3rd wicket stand. Shan’s commanding innings was ended when he edged Steyn for 62. Babar joined Asad in the middle and both steadied the ship towards tea. With the total of 176-3; trailing by further 77 runs.

Pakistan was eying a looking for a good last session to keep themselves in the game.

South Africa struck early in the last session of the game when Philander ended Asad Shafiq’s quality innings of 88. Fakhar Zaman demoted to No.6 in the batting order, joined Babar Azam as Pakistan further trailed by 53 runs. Fakhar’s pathetic run in the series continues as he fell to Rabada for 7 only, leaving Pakistan at 201/5. Skipper Sarfaraz joined Babar Azam and the pair added further 19 runs as Sarfaraz was lbw by Olivier. Amir left Babar and Pakistan stranded too as he was dismissed by Steyn for 0. Yasir was undone by Steyn too. But Babar Azam’s fighting fifty took Pakistan over the Southafrica’s lead of 254. Abbas and Babar added 23 for the 9th wicket as Babar’s brilliant 72 runs innings was ended by Philander. Abbas and Shaheen further added 24 runs for the last wicket. Pakistan lead by 40 runs only. Would be an easy task for South Africa on Day 4.