Sloppy South Africa keep Pakistan in the hunt in third test

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2019

Having reached his fourth Test hundred, De Kock was eventually dismissed for 129 as South Africa were bowled out for 303 midway through the afternoon session. Abbas received another reprieve when Quinton de Kock dived to his right but could not hang on to the ball, much to the disgust of Dale Steyn, who went off the field momentarily clutching at his right shoulder which he injured two years ago. "The pitch has flattened out". A successful review by South Africa showed a faint inside edge onto Masood´s thigh pad before the ball carried through to wicketkeeper De Kock.

Realistically, though, the odds favour the home team with only captain Sarfraz Ahmed, a couple of all-rounders and the tail to come. "They have a couple of decent batsmen in the mix so we'll have to box cleverly tomorrow", said De Kock.

Remarkably, in comparison with what has happened earlier in this match and previously in the series, only 8 wickets fell on day three as Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock made their overnight partnership for the sixth wicket worth 102 before the former departed (71 off 144 balls, 14 fours). De Kock also shared an eighth wicket stand of 79 with Kagiso Rabada.

"We've done it before. If they can bat for a long period of time we've got a really good chance".

One of the remaining batsmen will clearly have to score the century that has eluded them in the series to date if Pakistan are to win the match.

"If these guys do the same thing that Amla and De Kock did we've got a chance", he said.

He then repeated the feat in the second innings to bag a sensational 10 catches in the match - eclipsing Pakistan's all-time record of nine dismissals by a wicketkeeper shared by Rashid Latif (New Zealand 1993-94) and Kamran Akmal (West Indies 2004-05).

Pakistan's captain picked up five catches in the Proteas' first innings at the Bullring to break Moin Khan's previous record of four catches in an innings against South Africa, which was set at the same venue in the 1994-95 season.

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.

He now has 433 wickets which puts him in joint eighth place with Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath, who has just retired, and England's Stuart Broad.

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