January 12, 2019 / 1:40 PM / 5 months ago

Olivier bags five as sloppy South Africa edge ahead

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s fiery seamer Duanne Olivier took five wickets as the hosts made heavy work of bowling Pakistan out for 185 in their first innings on day two of the third and final test at the Wanderers on Saturday.

South Africa went to tea on 25 for one in their second innings, a lead of 102 as they seek to drive home their advantage in search of a series clean sweep.

Aiden Markram (17 not out) and Hashim Amla (1 not out) will resume in the evening session on a wicket that has some sideways movement but is still excellent for batting on the second day.

South Africa might have been much further ahead had they not had a poor opening session in the field when they dropped four fairly simple catches, missed a stumping and wasted two run-out chances - good fortune that Pakistan could not capitalise on.

The tourists resumed on their overnight score of 17 for two and rode their luck through the first hour as South Africa spilled opportunities behind the wicket, with opener Imam-ul-Haq (43) the main beneficiary of the home side’s profligacy.

Nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas (11) was also dropped twice off relatively simple opportunities and was eventually the first man out as Olivier (5-51) picked up two wickets in an over to end the home side’s frustration.

Abbas was caught by Theunis De Bruyn at slip and three balls later Asad Shafiq (0) left his hands and bat above his head as he tried to duck a bouncer and edged to Quinton de Kock behind the stumps.

Imam’s luck finally ran out when he steered a Vernon Philander (3-43) delivery to Dean Elgar at slip to leave the tourists on 111 for five at lunch.

Babar Azam (49) and captain Sarfraz Ahmed (50) then mounted an excellent fightback with a 78-run sixth-wicket partnership in only 10 overs before the latter edged seamer Kagiso Rabada (2-41) to Amla at second slip.

Olivier and Rabada cleaned up the tail with some hostile fast bowling that had the ball whistling past the chins of the Pakistan batsmen as the visitors lost their final five wickets for 16 runs.

Olivier now has 21 wickets in five innings in this series at an average of 13 against a Pakistan side who are unable to handle his pace and bounce.

Stand-in South Africa captain Elgar (5) failed with the bat for a second time in the match when he edged to Ahmed off Mohammad Amir as Pakistan made a solitary breakthrough before tea.

Reporting by Nick Said; Editing Amlan Chakraborty and Ken Ferris

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