Pakistan Cricket team skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has set a new world record during the recently concluded third Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. Meanwhile, the hosts whitewashed Pakistan in the three-match Test series. However, they will have their chances to make a comeback in the ODIs and T20Is.
Coming to the third Test, Duanne Olivier once again produced an impressive effort to bag eight wickets in the match as the Proteas beat Pakistan by 107 runs in the third Test. Batting first, South Africa managed to post only 262 runs with Aiden Markram (90), the only half-centurion. The pacers did a commendable job to run down the lower middle-order in no time.
However, Pakistan’s batting has been poor throughout the series and there was no change in this game. Man of the series, Duanne Olivier picked five wickets to skittle Pakistan for 185 runs with Sarfraz Ahmed topping the score chart with 50 runs. Leading by 77 runs, South Africa posted 303 on their second essay with the help of a fine century from Quinton de Kock.
Chasing a massive target of 380, Pakistan crumbled to 283 runs thus losing the game by 107 runs. The top-order got starts but failed to capitalise on them as the visitors had to pay the price for it. Despite a poor outing by the Pakistan team, their skipper Sarfraz Ahmed registered world record during the course of the game.
Sarfraz Ahmed took 10 catches in the Johannesburg Test against Proteas and in the process went past Australia’s Adam Gilchrist and India’s MS Dhoni to become the wicket-keeper captain with the most number of catches in a match.
Wicket-keeper Captains with most catches in a match
Sarfraz Ahmed vs South Africa (Johannesburg, 2019) – 10
Alec Stewart vs South Africa (Nottingham, 1998) – 8
Adam Gilchrist vs Sri Lanka (Darwin, 2004) – 8
MS Dhoni vs Australia (Melbourne, 2014) – 8