Pakistan bowlers fight back, bowl South Africa out for 262

Annette Crawford
January 11, 2019

South Africa sealed the series by winning the second Test match so there is nothing to play for other than boosting their ranking as a victory will see them move up to 2 and they will have a chance of surpassing India at the top of the ranking.

South Africa´s batsman Aiden Markram raises his bat as he celebrates after scoring half century (50 runs) during the first day of the third Cricket Test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Wanderers cricket stadium in Johannesburg on January 11, 2019.

Faheem Ashraf, one of three changes to the Pakistan side after losing the first two Tests, took 3/57 as the Proteas crumbled after tea. Markram crafted 14 boundaries during his knock, marked by crisply-struck drives and clips to leg.

It was the third time in his 15-Test career that he had been dismissed in the nineties.

South Africa: Dean Elgar (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Theunis de Bruyn, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Pieter Malan, Aiden Markram, Duanne Olivier, Dane Paterson, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn.

The hosts were 132/1 as Markram and Amla put together a 126-run partnership in an attacking start after stand-in skipper Dean Elgar had won the toss and elected to bat.

South Africa's stand-in captain Dean Elgar lost his wicket soon after he won the toss and chose to bat. The ODI series between South Africa and Pakistan commences on January 19 in Port Elizabeth.

Elgar has captained South Africa before, against England at Lord's in 2017 when du Plessis returned home for the birth of his child. "It is definitely not a dead rubber game". Debutant batsman Zubayr Hamza replaced du Plessis in the squad.

Hamza replaced suspended regular captain Faf du Plessis and became South Africa's 100th Test cap since the country returned to worldwide cricket in 1991.

All the talk is surrounding the likely dropping of Fakhar Zaman who has struggled to find any form on his return to the side so Faheem Ashraf is tipped to come in for him and that will give them another option with the ball also to ease the burden on the bowling unit.

Sarfraz used all five of them in the first session of the match, with Abbas the only one to have any success when he beat Elgar early on and had the opener out for 5, caught behind off an outside edge.

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