Centurion: Feb 23, 2013
Pakistan are reeling at 91 for the loss of four wickets at Tea on Day two of the third Test at Supersport Park, Centurion on Saturday.
On a two paced wicket it was an uphill task for Pakistan to score runs against a strong bowling attack. However, openers Imran Farhat and Mohammad Hafeez dealt the bowlers carefully and prevented any casualty early in the innings.
Vernon Philander finally managed to find a breakthrough in the 16th over by dismissing Imran Farhat. The bowler was bang on target but a lazy reaction by Farhat to a straight delivery pitched in line thrashed in to his pads. He scored 30 runs.
What followed then was nothing less than a collapse on a dicey pitch, as two wickets fell in quick succession. Kyle Abbott claimed his first international wicket in his first over itself by dismissing Hafeez for 18. Dean Elgar at gully managed to hold on to a low catch to give the debutant his first wicket.
Philander struck in the next over by pitching a full-length delivery to Azhar Ali and the batsmen edged it on to his off stump.
Misbah-ul-Haq was the next to depart as he edged a Kyle Abbott delivery to Alviro Peterson at slips.
Once again the responsibility is back on Asad Shafiq and the experienced Younis Khan to pull Pakistan back into the match. The duo scored a century each in the first innings of the previous Test to rescue Pakistan from a precarious situation.
Brief Scores: South Africa 409 (AB de Villiers 121, Hashim Amla 92; Rahat Ali 6 for 127, Ehsan Adil 2 for 54) lead Pakistan 91 for 4 ( Imran Farhat 30, Mohammad Hafeez 18; Kyle Abbott 2 for 16, Vernon Philander 2 for 21) by 318 runs
First Published: February 23, 2013, 6:51 pm