Quinton de Kock batted fluently in reaching his fifty off 49 balls. @ Twitter/Cricket South Africa

Johannesburg: Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock put South Africa in a commanding position on the third day of the third and final Test against Pakistan at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday. South Africa were 232 for seven at lunch, a lead of 309 on a pitch of occasional unpredictable bounce. (3rd Test, South Africa vs Pakistan: FULL SCORECARD)

Amla (71) and De Kock (77 not out) shared a sixth-wicket partnership of 102 before Amla was caught behind off a ball from Hasan Ali which lifted sharply off a good length. He faced 144 balls and hit 14 fours.

The pair had come together at 93 for five, when South Africa’s lead was only 170.

While Amla was largely watchful and patient, De Kock batted fluently in reaching his fifty off 49 balls. By lunch he had faced 91 deliveries and hit ten fours.

Brief scores: South Africa 262 & 232/7 (Quinton de Kock 77*, Hashim Amla 71; Faheem Ashraf 2/33, Mohammad Amir 2/53) lead Pakistan 185 by 309 runs at lunch on Day 3