Centurion: Feb 23, 2013
Pakistan lost their way once again as they were made to follow-on after being bowled out for 156 in their first innings on Day two of the third Test against South Africa at Centurion. In their second essay, Pakistan were 14 for one.
Pakistan trail by a further 239 runs.
The wrecker-in-chief for Pakistan, Kyle Abbott registered the second best figures in Tests on debut for South Africa by claiming seven wickets for 29 runs in the first innings.
Abbott and Vernon Philander had inflicted crucial damage at the brink of Tea by removing three quick wickets. Dale Steyn continued the mayhem as he caught Ashad Shafiq plumb in front in the first over of the last session. At 95 for five Pakistan looked in deep trouble with 114 still needed to avoid follow-on.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed and Younis Khan hung on for a while before Ahmed gave a regulation catch to Graeme Smith at slips as Abbott claimed his third wicket. The debutant removed Saeed Ajmal in the next delivery in a similar fashion as he looked on course for a five-wicket haul.
Abbott’s wait was over in quick time when he dismissed fellow debutant Ehsan Adil. He followed it up with another wicket two balls later to send back Mohammad Irfan.
Both the batsmen were caught fishing outside off stump and giving simple catches to Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar respectively. He finished off the innings in style by catching Younis Khan in front of the wicket.
Skipper Smith had no hesitation in asking the visitors to follow-on as his bowlers looked fresh to hunt down Pakistan yet again. Pakistan got off the worst possible start as Mohammad Hafeez played a loose shot to Dale Steyn only to see his stumps shattered.
Brief Scores: South Africa 409 (AB de Villiers 121, Hashim Amla 92; Rahat Ali 6 for 127, Ehsan Adil 2 for 54) lead Pakistan 156 (Younis Khan 33, Imran Farhat 30; Kyle Abbott 7 for 29) & 12 for 1 (Younis Khan 8*, Azhar Ali 5*; Dale Steyn 1 for 9) by 239 runs.