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3rd Test: De Kock Pushes SA Towards Daunting Lead Against Pakistan

JOHANNESBURG: South African wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock was the Proteas’s mainstay on the third morning at Johannesburg today, as he converted his overnight 34 to a combative 77 not out at the first lunch session.

Pakistan has picked up two wickets in today’s play which are of Hashim Amla for 70 and Vernon Philander for 14.

With a great lead of 309 at the lunch break, South Africa seem all set to clean sweep Pakistan. The home side has scored  232 runs for the loss of seven wickets.

They began their day with a total of 135 runs for the loss of five wickets.
On day two of the game, Hashim Amla steadied South Africa after early wickets fell. Faheem Ashraf took two wickets, whereas Shadab, Abbas and Amir took one each.

After South African Olivier’s third five-wicket haul of the series dismissed Pakistan for 185 and handed SA a 77-run first-innings lead, Amla and de Kock built on it.

Earlier in the day, South Africa made a scintillating comeback after their batting collapse in the first innings by bundling out Pakistan to only 185 runs.

Once again, Pakistan’s batting line-up proved to be too fragile in front of the solid bowling attack of the Proteas as no one in the top order except the opener Imam ul Haq was able to withstand for a while.
Quickfire fifty of the Skipper Sarfaraz on just 40 balls was a great moment in the match for the visitors. Unfortunately, Babar missed his half-century just by a single run as he was caught out on 49 of to Olivier’s bowling.Sarfaraz Ahmed and often regarded as Pakistan’s backbone in batting, Babar Azam made a fighting 78 runs partnership for the sixth wicket but soon Sarfaraz Ahmed was sent back to Pavilion by Kagiso Rabada.

Imam fell for 43 when he was caught at second slip off Philander but Babar Azam struck the ball crisply to be 41 not out at lunch off 39 balls.

Pakistan is facing the fear of whitewash in the series as South Africa have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Pakistan does not have good memories with Johannesburg as in 2016 Pakistan played with South Africa here, and got all out for 49 runs only which is their lowest total in the history.

While South Africa recently played here in March 2018 with Australia and won that match with a heavy margin of 492 runs.