South Africa has clinched the three-match series against Pakistan. The Proteas won the third Test match by 107 runs to bag the series 3-0 and thus they whitewashed the visitors. It was one-way traffic in the series as South Africa won the first Test match by six wickets and won the second by nine wickets. Thus, the hosts were able to tick the right boxes.
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South Africa’s wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock scored a fine hundred which was his fourth hundred in the red ball version. de Kock took the attack against the Pakistan bowlers and scored a majestic knock of 129 runs from only 138 balls. The southpaw batsman wasn’t in the best of forms in the Test format and this hundred must have added a shot in the arm to him.
On the other hand, Duanne Olivier bowled with fire throughout the series. The lanky fast bowler scalped 24 wickets in the three-match series and bowled with an unbelievable average of 14.62. Furthermore, Duanne Olivier scalped five wickets in the first innings of the third Test match. Moreover, he took three wickets in the second dig to push Pakistan on the backfoot.
South Africa was looking good for a big score in the first innings when Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla were going strong. However, Pakistan bounced back in style to take the remaining eight wickets for 108 runs.
Though, Pakistan could not deliver the goods with the bat. The visitors were skittle out for a paltry score of 185 in the first essay. In fact, the tourists were tottering for 91-5. However, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and Babar Azam added runs in a jiffy to keep their side in the contest.
Subsequently, Pakistan bounced back with the ball. They had South Africa on the mat when they were crumbling at 93-5 in their second innings. However, a 102 runs partnership between Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock took the game away from Pakistan.
Pakistan once again had a ray of hope when they finished the third day’s play at 153-3. But quick wickets on the morning of day four ended Pakistan’s fight. Kagiso Rabada also bagged three wickets in the second dig.
Thus, it was a dominating display from the Proteas as they were too potent for Pakistan and now they have taken the second position in ICC Test Rankings. Subsequently, both the teams will lock horns with each other in five One Day Internationals and three T20Is.
Brief Scores: SA 262-10, Aiden Markram 90 (124), Faheem Ashraf: 3-57.
PAK: 185-10, Sarfraz Ahmed 50 (40), Duanne Olivier 5-51.
SA: 303-10, Quinton de Kock: 129 (138), Shadab Khan: 3-41.
PAK: 273-10, Asad Shafiq: 65 (71), Duanne Olivier: 3-74.