Olivier bags five as Proteas surge ahead against Pakistan in 3rd Test

12 Jan, 2019 9:12 pm

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s fiery seamer Duanne Olivier took five wickets as the hosts powered into the ascendancy on day two of the third and final Test against an outgunned Pakistan at the Wanderers on Saturday.

South Africa, seeking a clean sweep of the series, went to the close on 135 for five in their second innings, a lead of 212 runs in a Test that is rapidly moving forward with 25 wickets falling in only six sessions.

Hashim Amla (42 not out) and Quinton de Kock (34 not out) will seek to set the tourists a challenging target on day three, with anything over 250 likely to trouble a Pakistan batting lineup that has battled the hostile home seam attack all series.

Olivier was the pick of the bowlers for South Africa with 5-51 as his pace and steep lift off the wicket restricted Pakistan to 185 in their first innings, the visitors losing their last five wickets for 16 runs.

Babar Azam (49) and captain Sarfraz Ahmed (50) mounted an excellent fightback after lunch with a 78-run sixth-wicket partnership in 10 overs before the latter edged seamer Kagiso Rabada (2-41) to Amla at second slip, precipitating a collapse.

It will be relief for South Africa coach Ottis Gibson, who had seen his side drop four catches in the morning session to let the visitors off the hook with unusually sloppy fielding.

Tall fast bowler Olivier now has 21 wickets in five innings in this series at an average of 13 against a Pakistan side who are unable to handle his pace and bounce.


The tourists were responding to South Africa’s first innings score of 262 after the hosts too had let a promising position slip by losing their final seven wickets for only 33 runs.

It suggests there is a lot in the wicket for the bowlers, but despite some sideways movement and the usual bounce that comes with the Wanderers pitch, there has not been prodigious assistance.

That was the case in the South African second innings as they looked to build on their 77-run first innings advantage.

Stand-in captain Elgar (5) failed with the bat for a second time in the match when he edged to Sarfraz Ahmed off Mohammad Amir as Pakistan made a solitary breakthrough before tea.

Aiden Markram (21), Theunis de Bruyn (7) and Themba Bavuma (23) were all also caught behind the wicket, while debutant Zubayr Hamza (0) was trapped leg before by Faheem Ashraf (2-19).

There were numerous stoppages in the evening session after a swarm of small insects took up residence near the wicket, forcing aborted run-ups by the Pakistan pace attack and leading to the rare sight of seamer Hasan Ali bowling with sunglasses to avoid the intruders flying into his eyes.


South Africa  1st innings
 Aiden Markram     c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Faheem Ashraf            90
 Dean Elgar        c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Mohammad Abbas            5
 Hashim Amla       c Asad Shafiq b Shadab Khan                 41
 Theunis de Bruyn  lbw Mohammad Abbas                          49
 Zubayr Hamza      c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Mohammad Amir            41
 Temba Bavuma      c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Mohammad Amir             8
 Quinton de Kock   c Mohammad Abbas b Faheem Ashraf            18
 Vernon Philander  lbw Hasan Ali                                1
 Kagiso Rabada     c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Hasan Ali                 0
 Dale Steyn        Not Out                                      2
 Duanne Olivier    c Mohammad Abbas b Faheem Ashraf             0
 Extras            0b 2lb 4nb 0pen 1w                           7
 Total             (77.4 overs)                       262 all out
Fall of Wickets : 1-6 Elgar, 2-132 Markram, 3-154 Amla, 4-229 de Bruyn, 5-238 Bavuma, 6-244 Hamza, 7-249 Philander, 8-257 Rabada, 9-262 de Kock, 10-262 Olivier

 Bowling           Ov  Md  Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Mohammad Amir   15.4   2  36   2  2.30  1nb
 Mohammad Abbas    18   6  44   2  2.44
 Hasan Ali         17   3  75   2  4.41  1w
 Faheem Ashraf     15   2  57   3  3.80  3nb
 Shadab Khan       10   2  39   1  3.90
 Asad Shafiq        2   0   9   0  4.50

 Pakistan  1st innings
 Imam ul-Haq     c Dean Elgar b Vernon Philander                43
 Shan Masood     c Quinton de Kock b Vernon Philander            2
 Azhar Ali       c Quinton de Kock b Vernon Philander            0
 Mohammad Abbas  c Theunis de Bruyn b Duanne Olivier            11
 Asad Shafiq     c Quinton de Kock b Duanne Olivier              0
 Babar Azam      c Kagiso Rabada b Duanne Olivier               49
 Sarfaraz Ahmed  c Hashim Amla b Kagiso Rabada                  50
 Shadab Khan     c Theunis de Bruyn b Kagiso Rabada              5
 Faheem Ashraf   c Zubayr Hamza b Duanne Olivier                 0
 Mohammad Amir   c Zubayr Hamza b Duanne Olivier                10
 Hasan Ali       Not Out                                         0
 Extras          5b 10lb 0nb 0pen 0w                            15
 Total           (49.4 overs)                          185 all out
Fall of Wickets : 1-6 Khan, 2-6 Ali, 3-53 Abbas, 4-53 Shafiq, 5-91 ul-Haq, 6-169 Ahmed, 7-169 Azam, 8-169 Ashraf, 9-185 Amir, 10-185 Khan

 Bowling             Ov  Md  Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Dale Steyn          12   4  35   0  2.92
 Vernon Philander    13   4  43   3  3.31
 Kagiso Rabada     11.4   0  41   2  3.51
 Duanne Olivier      13   2  51   5  3.92

 South Africa  2nd innings
 Dean Elgar        c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Mohammad Amir       5
 Aiden Markram     c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Mohammad Abbas     21
 Hashim Amla       Not Out                               42
 Theunis de Bruyn  c Asad Shafiq b Faheem Ashraf          7
 Zubayr Hamza      lbw Faheem Ashraf                      0
 Temba Bavuma      c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Shadab Khan        23
 Quinton de Kock   Not Out                               34
 Extras            2b 1lb 0nb 0pen 0w                     3
 Total             (37.0 overs)                       135-5
Fall of Wickets : 1-24 Elgar, 2-29 Markram, 3-45 de Bruyn, 4-45 Hamza, 5-93 Bavuma
To Bat : Philander, Rabada, Steyn, Olivier

 Bowling         Ov  Md  Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Mohammad Amir   10   2  28   1  2.80
 Mohammad Abbas   9   2  33   1  3.67
 Hasan Ali        6   1  27   0  4.50
 Faheem Ashraf    6   2  19   2  3.17
 Shadab Khan      6   0  25   1  4.17

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

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