Sports, Cricket News – South Africa crushed Pakistan by an innings and 18 runs and completed the clean sweep on day three of the third test at Centurion on Sunday.
Pakistan could make 235 runs in the second innings.
Starting the day on 14 for one, Pakistan showed some fighting spirit losing only Younus Khan (11), who played a thick edge off Dale Steyn to Graeme Smith at first slip, in the morning session.
Azhar Ali (27) and Imran Farhat put on 54 for the third wicket before the former ran himself out in calamitous fashion.
Farhat worked the ball to fine leg and after running one, Ali turned for a second at the wicketkeeper’s end. He was always struggling against the bullet throw of Steyn from the boundary and in the end was well short.
Pakistan lost two more wickets with the score on 107 as they began to implode.
Kyle Abbott picked up his eighth wicket of the match when Farhat (43) slashed at a wide delivery and was caught by wicketkeeper AB de Villiers.
Captain Misbah-ul-Haq (5) then became Rory Kleinveldt’s first wicket of the game when he got a thin edge to a ball. Kleinveldt soon took a second when Asad Shafiq (6) scooped a delivery to Vernon Philander at mid-off.
South Africa made 409 in their first innings.
They won the first test in Johannesburg by 211 runs followed by a four-wicket victory in Cape Town. Agencies