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Gritty South Africa Seal Series With Nine-Wicket Win in Cape Town

Needing mere 41 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, South Africa completed the formality at the expense of just one wicket on the fourth day of the second Test against Pakistan at Newlands

Cricketnext Staff |January 6, 2019, 9:11 PM IST
Gritty South Africa Seal Series With Nine-Wicket Win in Cape Town

Needing mere 41 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, South Africa completed the formality at the expense of just one wicket on the fourth day of the second Test against Pakistan at Newlands on Sunday (January 6).

Theunis de Bruyn (4) came to open the innings in the absence of injured Aiden Markram but fell to Mohammad Abbas' well-directed bouncer by edging it to Sarfraz Ahmed. Meanwhile, Hashim Amla got hit on his right bicep off Mohammad Amir's delivery and had to retire hurt on 2.

Amir tested Dean Elgar (24) and skipper Faf du Plessis (3) with a barrage of bouncers, but the two only left the field when the job was done.

Earlier, after bowling out Pakistan for 177 in their first innings, South Africa amassed 431 runs in their first essay, claiming a lead of 254.

In their second innings, on day three, Pakistan were struck early blows by Dale Steyn (4 for 85) and Kagiso Rabada (4 for 61). The former had Imam-ul-Haq in trouble early on, and dismissed him for 6 as he was caught at third slip in the fourth over. The latter had Azhar Ali’s number with the very first ball he bowled, trapping him lbw with the ball keeping low.

It was then Shan Masood (61) and Asad Shafiq’s turn to lead a mini fightback, as the two batsmen played some positive cricket to keep the scoreboard ticking. In the second session, the pair put on 140 runs for the third wicket, with Masood taking charge of the situation as Shafiq played the role of sheet anchor. The two looked set to continue their partnership beyond tea, but Masood was caught behind off the bowling of Dale Steyn to give South Africa a crucial breakthrough.

Joining Shafiq in the middle, it was Babar Azam’s turn to come and assess the situation. The pair of Azam and Shafiq showed some steely resolve in the face of some quick, short bowling by South Africa. But it wasn’t long before Shafiq was dismissed as well, just 12 runs short of what would have been a memorable century.

Azam kept playing his shots but found no support from the other end. The visiting side lost their last seven wickets for 100 runs, with Azam being the second last wicket. The right-hander hit 15 fours in 72-run knock. All Pakistan could manage was a lead of 40 runs, and from there on it was just a matter of time before South Africa delivered the knock out blow.

Pakistan will now look to salvage some pride in the third Test, starting January 11 in Johannesburg.

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