Published: Fri, December 28, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

South Africa require just 149 after Pakistan suffer batting collapse

South Africa require just 149 after Pakistan suffer batting collapse

Pakistan fought back after being bowled out for 181 as bowlers dominated on the first day of the first Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.

Pakistan's total of 190 means South Africa have the relatively simple task of scoring just 149 in the fourth innings, albeit on a pitch that has thrown a few surprises at the batsmen. Catch Live score and updates of Pakistan vs South Africa 1st Test Day 3. They then lost their final nine wickets for the addition of only 90 runs as the South African seamers found movement on a wicket that is also showing variable bounce. The other opener Imam-Ul-Haq (57) and Shan Masood kept the innings going with a watchful partnership of 57, guiding the visitors to 100/1 at the Tea break. Steyn had to help out with the bat, too, and was 13 not out as South Africa went to stumps on 127-5 - 54 runs behind with five wickets in hand.

Amir claimed the prize wicket of Hashim Amla for 8 - Amla's dip in form continued - and Afridi had captain Faf du Plessis caught at gully for a first-ball duck to put the home team in trouble at 43-4.

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Fakhar Zaman's wicket was the only wicket to fall in the second session, and the hard-hitting opener would be terribly disappointed with the way he was dismissed; hitting a poor Olivier delivery down the leg side straight to deep fine leg. Left-arm fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Shaheen Shah Afridi took four for 62 and four for 64 respectively.

They will hold the key again for the tourists in trying to restrict South Africa's chase with the pitch offering little assistance to the spinners.

Earlier in the day, Temba Bavuma's half-century and Quinton de Kock's quickfire 45 had given the hosts a crucial 42-run advantage.

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