Centurion: Feb 24, 2013
South Africa sailed to a convincing victory against Pakistan by an innings and 18 runs to complete a 3-0 series win at Supersport Park, Centurion on Sunday. Pakistan were bowled out for 235 runs in their second innings.
The Proteas needed four wickets post Tea and more significantly had to break the strong resistance put forth by the pair of Saeed Ajmal and Sarfaraz Ahmed. Dale Steyn managed to get the much needed breakthrough by trapping Ajmal in front of the wicket for 30 runs. The duo added 69 runs for the seventh wicket.
With Ajmal’s dismissal Steyn went past Allan Donald’s tally of 330 wickets. Only Shaun Pollock (421) and Makhaya Ntini (391) are ahead of him.
Steyn added one more to his tally by dismissing the other set batsman Sarfaraz Ahmad for 40 runs. The batsman was himself to blame as he slashed hard to wide delivery only to be caught by Dean Elgar at thirdman as the South Africans inched closer to another victory.
Within quick time Debutant Kyle Abbott removed Ehsan Adil to claim nine wickets in the Test match. Robin Peterson picked up the last wicket after catching Rahat Ali plumb in front of the wicket
Pakistan had arrived at Centurion after they had already lost the series 2-0. They put uup another weak fight at Centurion and looked all at sea against the South African pace battery.
The focus now shifts to Twenty20 matches to be played from 1st March. Pakistan will look to make amends in the shortest format of the game and put up a better performance.
Brief Scores: South Africa 409 (AB de Villiers 121, Hashim Amla 92; Rahat Ali 6 for 127, Ehsan Adil 2 for 54) beat Pakistan 156 (Younis Khan 33, Imran Farhat 30; Kyle Abbott 7 for 29) & 235 (Imran Farhat 43, Sarfaraz Ahmed 40; Dale Steyn 4 for 80, Rory Kleinveldt 2 for 43) by an innings and 18 runs
First Published: February 24, 2013, 8:32 pm