South Africa beat Pakistan in third Test, sweep series 3-0

3rd Test Pakistan Bowlers Fight Back To Defy South Africa On Day 1

3rd Test Pakistan Bowlers Fight Back To Defy South Africa On Day 1

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.

Vernon Philander took two wickets in as many balls to leave Pakistan on 17 for two wickets at the end of the first day of the third test after they had rallied earlier on Friday and bowled hosts South Africa out for 262.

After a decent opening stand of 67 runs, Imam was sent back to the hut by a Steyn delivery that moved away from the left-hander from around the wicket - after scoring 35 runs.

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

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed features again in our Play of the Day, but this time it's his work with the gloves that has him smashing wicketkeeping records in the Test series against South Africa, writes ANITHA MADIKIZELA.

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.

The pair had come together at 93 for five, when South Africa's lead was only 170. De Kock was involved in all three wickets to fall to complete a memorable day.

While Amla was largely watchful and patient, De Kock batted fluently in reaching his fifty off 49 balls. Chasing a mammoth target of 381 runs, Pakistani openers Imam-ul-Haq and Shan Masood gave Pakistan the start the visitors would have hoped for.

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.