South Africa were reduced to 139 for five at the end of second day's play in the second Test against Pakistan at Cape Town on Friday.
Resuming at 65 for two after Tea, South Africa continued to struggle against Ajmal who went on to pick three more wickets. First to fall in the final session was the dangerous Hashim Amla.
Amla was starting to look comfortable and was poised to pile on the runs but was trapped leg before by a delivery from Ajmal that turned sharply. Amla reviewed it but in vain as the home side was reduced to 84 for three.
Next man to fall was Jacques Kallis, not without confusion and controversy. Pakistan appealed for a catch and was adjudged out by Steve Davis. Kallis opted for a review and replays showed that his bat hit his bat. However, the ball hit his pads in line and third umpire Billy Bowden ruled in favour of Pakistan. Kallis stood his ground and clarified further with the on-field umpires but eventually had to take the long walk back to the pavilion.
Ajmal picked up his fifth wicket when Faf du Plessis edged a delivery to Younis Khan at first slip to reduce South Africa to 109 for five.
Brief Scores: Pakistan 338 all out (Younis Khan 111, Asad Shafiq 111; Vernon Philander 5 for 59, Morne Morkel 2 for 59) lead South Africa 139 for 5 (Faf du Plessis 28, AB de Villiers 24*; Saeed Ajmal 5 for 41) by 199 runs
First Published: February 16, 2013, 2:12 pm