Cricket

Belligerent South Africa wrapped up the game in one session!

Pakistan Kickstarted the day by further requiring 228 runs for victory with Asad and Babar’s partnership reaching 50 in 10 overs. Asad completed his individual 50 off 50 balls with 9 boundaries. But Babar Azam’s resistance was ended by Olivier when he edged a short ball to dekock for 21(29). Sarfaraz Ahmed followed his very next ball when he was undone by a ripper from Olivier that jagged backed into Pakistan’s skipper stumps. Two wickets in quick succession brought Shadab Khan to the crease. Asad Shafiq’s magnificent innings of 65(71) were ended by Philander. Faheem Ashraf and Shadab Khan added only 25 runs before Faheem couldn’t coup Rabada’s pace and was caught at gully for 15. Amir lasted for 5 balls only as he too was caught by Markram off Rabada, leaving South Africa only 2 wickets away from victory. Hasan Ali played a cameo off 22(14) before caught and bowled to Rabada. Abbas’ resistance didn’t last long, he was run out for 9, Pakistan got bundled out for 273 and Africa completed whitewash 3-0 against Pakistan by comprehensively winning the last test by 107 runs.

Sarfaraz Ahmed said in the post-match ceremony

“We lost 3-0, but credit to their bowlers. They bowled really well. Shan Masood played really well, the way Babar shows his class. Shan and Babar were the positives. If you see Olivier is one of the best bowlers of this series. He bowled very well and he bowled fast”

Elgar was ecstatic on winning game, he said “This is right up there and extremely proud of the guys and it’s a good way to start the year. Not too many Tests, but we’ve spoken at length as to what we want to achieve. Temperamental quicks – all of them – but we are fortunate to have bowlers who are experienced. They’re awesome to work with. The support was awesome from the crowd”

 

Olivier, Man of the Series, for his 24 wickets at an average of 14.62. Dekock was named the man of the man.

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