Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

South Africa vs Pakistan

South Africa vs Pakistan

Du Plessis made a patient 103 and shared a fifth wicket stand of 156 with Temba Bavuma (75).

Despite there being a couple of batsmen in the Proteas change-room with a few bruises, it is the South Africans who all went to bed smiling on Friday night after stretching their lead to 205 runs, with the risky Quinton de Kock still at the crease on 55.

Pakistan were bowled out for 177 batting first and haven't reached 200 in any of their three innings so far this series, underlining the challenge to come in their second dig.

He rode his luck before being forced into a surprising dismount when he nicked a peach of a delivery from Shaheen Afridi.

Twenty one years of isolation from worldwide cricket after being banned in 1970 for their laws of Apartheid', South Africa now is considered to be a cricketing force to be reckoned with.

"It was a challenging, tricky wicket", said Bavuma, who scored 75.

As at Centurion, where he had match figures of 11 for 96, Olivier lived up to the "enforcer" tag given him by captain Faf du Plessis, regularly landing the ball in his own half of the pitch and making it rear up towards the batsmen. Despite the supposed poor quality of the surface here, South Africa added 259 runs in 86 overs on a day unquestionably dominated by the bat, prompting suggestions that the issue may be more about the relative batting quality of the sides.

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'I still believe in a good contest in Test cricket, but again, we aren't at home, so we don't have a say.

He added: "You've got to make peace with the fact that you're going to take a few (balls) on the body". The on-field umpires gave a "soft" signal of "out" but asked for television umpire Sundaram Ravi to check whether there had been a clean catch.

Since 1888-89 when South Africa played its first ever Test against England at Port Elizabeth to now, for them it has been a long journey in which they have reached to a stage where all races are accepted in their fold, be it white, black, Asian or Cape Coloured.

"It is inconsistent. I think there were seven stoppages today for balls that hit cracks and the physio came running out and we're talking about day two".

Abbas bowled a probing line and length but had a largely luckless day.

The left-armed Mohammad Amir beat the outside of Du Plessis's bat on several occasions but Du Plessis batted on doggedly, prepared to wait for rare loose deliveries before playing attacking shots. Bavuma faced 162 balls and hit ten fours.

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