Wednesday, February 8, 2023

South Africa need 41 runs to beat Pakistan in second Test

South Africa need 41 runs to beat Pakistan in second Test
CAPETOWN (Web Desk) – Pakistan’s batsmen put on their best display of the series but South Africa’s pacers ensured the home side stayed on top, keeping the target to 41. They will begin their chase on day four. Half-centuries from Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam all offered solace for Pakistan, but a customary collapse from the lower middle order all-but ensured the series for the Proteas. Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada each picked up four scalps. South Africa added 49 to their overnight score of 382/6, Mohammad Amir (4/88) grabbing Quinton de Kock's wicket early before seeing off Vernon Philander and Rabada. Steyn and Duanne Olivier added 23 more before Shaheen Afridi wrapped things up for 431, with South Africa claiming a lead of 254. Steyn swapped bat for leather and sent Imam-ul-Haq packing in the fourth over of Pakistan’s reply, the left-hander swiping in ungainly fashion to a full one and edging to third slip. Fellow opener Azhar Ali was also sent back swiftly after being pinned leg-before by Rabada for 10. It seemed that Pakistan were set to fold as they have done throughout the series. Instead, their middle order dug in to avert an innings defeat. Masood continued his good form with the bat, and a confident display from under-fire Asad Shafiq helped form a 132-run stand. Masood (61) was then forced to depart in a similar manner to his first innings dismissal, fishing outside off stump as his concentration momentarily slipped. A fired-up Steyn picked up the crucial scalp. Shafiq fell for a resurgent 88 shortly before his side reached the 200-mark for the first time in the series, as Philander grabbed his first wicket, and when Fakhar Zaman, Sarfraz Ahmed Amir and Yasir Shah all perished in quick succession, it was left to Babar to try and force the home side to bat again. His stoic 72 was enough to give Pakistan a slim lead before Rabada forced him to nick off late into the evening, while Mohammad Abbas and Afridi’s desperate late stand of 24 could only muster a 40-run advantage. They did at least extend the game into a fourth day, which is more than they managed in the first game of the series, but they surely won’t be able to prevent the result staying the same. SCOREBOARD
Pakistan  1st innings
 Imam ul-Haq     lbw Vernon Philander                          8
 Fakhar Zaman    c Temba Bavuma b Dale Steyn                   1
 Shan Masood     c Quinton de Kock b Kagiso Rabada            44
 Azhar Ali       c Hashim Amla b Duanne Olivier                2
 Asad Shafiq     c Dean Elgar b Kagiso Rabada                 20
 Babar Azam      c Faf du Plessis b Duanne Olivier             2
 Sarfraz Ahmed   c Quinton de Kock b Duanne Olivier           56
 Mohammad Amir   Not Out                                      22
 Yasir Shah      c Faf du Plessis b Duanne Olivier             5
 Mohammad Abbas  c Quinton de Kock b Dale Steyn                0
 Shaheen Afridi  c Quinton de Kock b Dale Steyn                3
 Extras          8b 2lb 1nb 0pen 3w                           14
 Total           (51.1 overs)                        177 all out
Fall of Wickets : 1-9 Zaman, 2-13 ul-Haq, 3-19 Ali, 4-51 Shafiq, 5-54 Azam, 6-114 Khan, 7-156 Ahmed, 8-162 Shah, 9-163 Abbas, 10-177 Afridi

 Bowling             Ov  Md  Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Dale Steyn        15.1   4  48   3  3.16  1w
 Vernon Philander    11   3  36   1  3.27
 Kagiso Rabada       10   2  35   2  3.50  1nb
 Duanne Olivier      15   3  48   4  3.20  2w

 South Africa  1st innings
 Aiden Markram     b Shan Masood                              78
 Dean Elgar        c Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Amir            20
 Hashim Amla       b Mohammad Abbas                           24
 Theunis de Bruyn  c Babar Azam b Shaheen Afridi              13
 Faf du Plessis    c Sarfraz Ahmed b Shaheen Afridi          103
 Temba Bavuma      c Sarfraz Ahmed b Shaheen Afridi           75
 Quinton de Kock   c Asad Shafiq b Mohammad Amir              59
 Vernon Philander  b Mohammad Amir                            16
 Kagiso Rabada     b Mohammad Amir                            11
 Dale Steyn        c Fakhar Zaman b Shaheen Afridi            13
 Duanne Olivier    Not Out                                    10
 Extras            5b 1lb 3nb 0pen 0w                          9
 Total             (124.1 overs)                     431 all out
Fall of Wickets : 1-56 Elgar, 2-123 Markram, 3-126 Amla, 4-149 de Bruyn, 5-305 Bavuma, 6-356 du Plessis, 7-394 de Kock, 8-407 Philander, 9-408 Rabada, 10-431 Steyn

 Bowling           Ov  Md   Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Mohammad Amir     33   9   88   4  2.67  3nb
 Mohammad Abbas    34   8  100   1  2.94
 Shaheen Afridi  27.1   3  123   4  4.53
 Yasir Shah        21   1   79   0  3.76
 Shan Masood        5   1   19   1  3.80
 Asad Shafiq        4   0   16   0  4.00

 Pakistan  2nd innings
 Imam ul-Haq     c Dean Elgar b Dale Steyn                       6
 Shan Masood     c Quinton de Kock b Dale Steyn                 61
 Azhar Ali       lbw Kagiso Rabada                               6
 Asad Shafiq     c Quinton de Kock b Vernon Philander           88
 Babar Azam      c Hashim Amla b Kagiso Rabada                  72
 Fakhar Zaman    c&b Kagiso Rabada                               7
 Sarfraz Ahmed   lbw Duanne Olivier                              6
 Mohammad Amir   c Quinton de Kock b Dale Steyn                  0
 Yasir Shah      c (Sub) b Dale Steyn                            5
 Mohammad Abbas  Not Out                                        10
 Shaheen Afridi  c Vernon Philander b Kagiso Rabada             14
 Extras          9b 4lb 4nb 0pen 2w                             19
 Total           (70.4 overs)                          294 all out
Fall of Wickets : 1-10 ul-Haq, 2-27 Ali, 3-159 Khan, 4-194 Shafiq, 5-201 Zaman, 6-220 Ahmed, 7-221 Amir, 8-247 Shah, 9-270 Azam, 10-294 Afridi

 Bowling             Ov  Md  Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Vernon Philander    19   6  51   1  2.68  1nb
 Dale Steyn          19   2  85   4  4.47  1nb
 Duanne Olivier      16   3  84   1  5.25  1w 1nb
 Kagiso Rabada     16.4   2  61   4  3.66  1w 1nb

 Umpire         Bruce Oxenford
 Umpire         Joel Wilson
 Video          Sundaram Ravi
 Match Referee  David Boon