Proteas beat Pakistan by six wickets in first Test

Proteas beat Pakistan by six wickets in first Test

At the toss, Faf du Plessis reckoned the pitch could be a little on the slow side, at least in the first hour, while Shaun Pollock - the man whose record Steyn has in his sights - suggested in his pitch report that the pitch could be sluggish, with tennis ball bounce, on the first day before it quickens up during the Test.

We plot three possibilities for day three of the first Test between South Africa and Pakistan at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday.

The Proteas came into the third and final day needing 149 runs and they crossed the finish line before tea on 151/4 after 50.4 overs‚ even though they nearly made a mess of things with the loss of three quick wickets towards the end.

South Africa also struggled in the pace-friendly conditions of the Highveld, though, slipping to 43-4 before Temba Bavuma revived the Proteas with his 38 not out. He went on to make 50 and shared a partnership of 119 with Amla which virtually ensured South Africa's win.

Fast bowler Olivier was only in South Africa's team for the series-opener after Vernon Philander and Lungi Ngidi were ruled out by injury but he was pivotal as Pakistan failed its first test against South Africa's quicks.

It has taken Steyn 89 Tests to reach that mark, 19 fewer than his former team-mate, and his strike rate of a wicket every 42.1 balls is only bettered among current players by compatriot Kagiso Rabada (39.2).

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Steyn's wicket reduced Pakistan to 17-2 on the first morning.

A dominant innings from one of the Proteas top order batters?

The Pakistan innings fell away after that, losing five wickets for 25 runs in the midst of the sudden collapse.

Their shining lights with the bat were Babar Azam‚ 71 in the first innings‚ and Shan Masood and Imam-ul-Haq‚ who scored 65 and 57 respectively in the second innings.

Drama unfolded with South Africa's score on 16 when Amla was dropped by Fakhar Zaman off Hasan and then TV umpire Joel Wilson decided Azhar Ali had not caught Elgar cleanly at slip after Shaheen Afridi found the edge.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said after the match: "The third umpire thought it bounced".

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