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Pakistan vs South Africa, 1st Test Day 1 Highlights: At stumps, South Africa are 127/5, trail by 54 runs

Pakistan vs South Africa, 1st Test Day 1 Highlights: Dale Steyn became South Africa's leading test wicket-taker while fellow paceman Duanne Olivier took 6-37 as Pakistan was bowled out for 181 on day one.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: December 26, 2018 10:42:03 pm
South Africa vs Pakistan 1st Test Live Pakistan vs South Africa, 1st Test Day 1 Highlights: South Africa take on Pakistan. (Source: Reuters)

Dale Steyn became South Africa’s leading test wicket-taker while fellow paceman Duanne Olivier took 6-37 as Pakistan was bowled out for 181 on the opening day of the three-match series on Wednesday. Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed opted to bat after winning the toss and only Babar Azam provided any resistance with 71. South Africa barely needed Keshav Maharaj, using the spinner for just three overs as the three pacemen did the damage, reinforcing the pre-series predictions that Pakistan’s biggest challenge would be standing up to the home team’s fast bowlers.

In reply, the home side also failed to click with the bat and lost early wickets. Young Shaheen Afridi was the pick of the bowlers with a superb spell of fast bowling where he picked up two important wickets. Mohammad Amir completed him ably to scalp two of his own. At the end of day’s play, the home team had the upper hand with the scorecard reading 127/5 (36 ovs), trailing by 54 runs. Overall it was quite an entertaining day of cricket as 83 overs were bowled where 308 runs were scored but 15 wickets fell.


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Pakistan vs South Africa, 1st Test Day 1: Highlights


    21:17 (IST)26 Dec 2018
    Stumps on Day 1:

    SA -127/5 (36 ovs), South Africa trail by 54 runs. Quite an entertaining day of cricket as 83 overs were bowled where 308 runs were scored but 15 wickets fell. South Africa had gained the upper hand through a strong stand between Bavuma and de Bruyn, but Amir's late strike has left the game evenly poised.

    21:03 (IST)26 Dec 2018

    GONE! Amir provides the breakthrough for Pakistan by getting rid off de Bruyn.  Dale Steyn has arrived at the crease as nightwatchman.
    SA- 112/5

    20:40 (IST)26 Dec 2018

    Yasir Shah brought into the attack and Theunis de Bruyn smacks for a six . SA- 87/4

    20:20 (IST)26 Dec 2018
    Back with live action

    After a brief stoppage in play due to rain, we are back with live action. SA- 75/4

    20:20 (IST)26 Dec 2018
    Back with live action

    After a brief stoppage in play due to rain, we are back with live action. SA- 75/4

    20:01 (IST)26 Dec 2018
    SA consolidate

    After a fiery spell of bowling from Shaheen Afridi, SA have consolidated with Temba Bavuma and Theunis de Bruyn. But this partership needs continue if the Proteas have to get out of trouble. SA- 70/4

    19:29 (IST)26 Dec 2018
    Two in two for Afridi

    GONE! Shaheen Afridi gets two in two. South Africa's captain, Faf du Plessis, is out on the first ball.Afridi on a hattrick. SA- 43/4

    19:26 (IST)26 Dec 2018
    GONE! Dean Elgar

    Pakistan strike again! This time it is Shaheen Afridi who picks up the wicket of Elgar for 22. Two quick wickets for Pakistan after the drink break SA- 43/3

    19:20 (IST)26 Dec 2018

    Amir gets rid off Amla for 8. South Africa lose their second wicket. Once again it was a brilliant delivery as the ball went across the line and squared Amla completely. A thick edge flew straight to gully. SA- 43/2

    19:13 (IST)26 Dec 2018
    Time for Drinks

    Drinks have been taken. 13 overs gone, South Africa are 43/1. Elgar and Amla are in the middle. They trail by 138.

    19:04 (IST)26 Dec 2018

    Shaheen Afridi drifts onto the pads of  Amla and it is a  FOUR, towards deep mid-wicket. Classical Amla who doesn't miss a chance to captalize on a lose delivery.

    18:45 (IST)26 Dec 2018

    WICKET! Hasan Ali gets one to nip back sharply, traps Markram in front as Pakistan claim an early wicket. Aiden Markram is out LBW, goes for 12 off 19 balls. SA are 19/1, trail by 162

    18:31 (IST)26 Dec 2018
    South Africa resume

    South Africa have resumed their innings and after four overs they are 9/0. Markram and Elgar are at the crease. Three slips and a gully in place.

    17:58 (IST)26 Dec 2018
    Pakistan bowled out for 181

    All out! Pakistan bowled out for 181. Duanne Olivier bags 6/37- second best figures in Tests at SuperSport Park, Centurion. For Pakistan Babar Azam's 71 off 79 balls has given some hope for the visitors.

    17:51 (IST)26 Dec 2018

    Babar Azam is gone for 71. Rabada ends his fine innings. But his 71 off 79 balls has given Pakistan some hope at Centurion. PAK- 178/9

    17:33 (IST)26 Dec 2018
    FIFTY! Babar Azam

    10th Test match half-century for Babar Azam. He is waging a lone battle in the middle. A fine cover drive to reaach the milestone. Meanwhile, PAK- 141/8

    17:19 (IST)26 Dec 2018
    Streaky boundaries!

    Pakistan keep their scorecard moving with a couple of boundaries which fizzed past the slip cordon. Hasan Ali and Babar Azam are waging a tough battle in the middle. PAK- 125/8

    17:12 (IST)26 Dec 2018
    Strong words from Ramiz Raja
    17:03 (IST)26 Dec 2018

    WICKET!  Kagiso Rabada raps Yasir Shah on the pads with the ball going down the leg side. Umpire gives it out. Shah calls for the review - but it went to umpire's call. PAK 111/8

    16:52 (IST)26 Dec 2018
    100 up for Pakistan

    Babar Azam is fighting a lone battle here for Pakistan. He has ensured that the visitors at least cross the 100-run mark in the first innings.

    16:47 (IST)26 Dec 2018

    WICKET! And he has done it - Olivier Duanne completes a five-wicket haul with a beauty. Completely knocks down Mohammad Amir's stumps. PAK 96/7

    16:28 (IST)26 Dec 2018

    WICKET! Duanne Olivier gets another one and this time the Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has been cleaned up for a duck. A full pitched delivery and Ahmed tried to just push it down. But gets an edge and struck down the bails. PAK 86/6

    16:25 (IST)26 Dec 2018

    WICKET! Olivier continues to weave his magic in the second session as he manages to get an inside edge of a bouncer from Azhar Ali. A one-handed diving catch from de Bruyn sees Pakistan losing half their side for just 86 runs.

    16:14 (IST)26 Dec 2018
    Back after Lunch

    Back after Lunch - Kagiso Rabada starts with the ball after Lunch. Babar Azam and Azhar Ali out to resume the innings. HERE WE GO!

    15:38 (IST)26 Dec 2018
    Dale Steyn falicitated

    Dale Steyn was felicitated after the end of session by the player he replaced - Shaun Pollock. 

    15:34 (IST)26 Dec 2018

    Pakistan reach 76/4 at Lunch on Day 1. It has been a session for South African seamers - they have completely rattled Pakistan's top order. Despite Duanne Olivier taking up two wickets, all the attention, for now, will be on Dale Steyn.

    14:57 (IST)26 Dec 2018

    WICKET!  Duanne Olivier gets another one - raps Asad Shafiq on the pads and a huge appeal from the Proteas. The umpire has given it out after consideration. Shafiq called for a review, and it went to Umpire's call. PAK 62/4

    14:46 (IST)26 Dec 2018

    WICKET!  Duanne Olivier strikes and the dangerous Shan Masood has been cleaned up. Terrific delivery from the seamer and Pakistan suffer another big loss. PAK 54/3

    14:35 (IST)26 Dec 2018
    50 up for Pakistan

    FOUR! Shan Masood flick away a delivery on the pads from Kagiso Rabada towards the boundary. He brings up 50 for Pakistan.

    14:27 (IST)26 Dec 2018
    Dale Steyn record

    Dale Steyn becomes the most successful Test bowler for South Africa.


    14:25 (IST)26 Dec 2018
    Here is what Shaun Pollock has to say

    Shaun Pollock congratulates Dale Steyn: 

    14:20 (IST)26 Dec 2018
    Partnership building

    Shan Masood and Azhar Ali are building a partnership in the middle  after the dismissal of both the openers. The duo have added 17 runs together and are trying to take Pakistan out of the slump.

    14:03 (IST)26 Dec 2018
    Dale Steyn, you beauty!
    13:59 (IST)26 Dec 2018

    AND THAT'S A RECORD FOR DALE STEYN! He dismisses Fakhar Zaman with a delivery pitched outside off stump. Zaman edges it straight to Quinton de Kock behind the stumps. PAK 17/2

    13:37 (IST)26 Dec 2018

    WICKET! Kagiso Rabada strikes in his first over. Full pitched delivery to Imam-ul-Haq, rapped on the pads and the umpire shows no hesitation in giving it out. Imam sought for a review but there was no saving him. PAK 1/1

    13:32 (IST)26 Dec 2018

    Dale Steyn into the attack with the new ball. Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman in the middle to face the heat for Pakistan. HERE WE GO!

    13:29 (IST)26 Dec 2018
    National Anthems

    Time for the National Anthems from both the teams - the players are out in the middle.

    13:20 (IST)26 Dec 2018

    South Africa (Playing XI): Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis(c), Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock(w), Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Duanne Olivier

    Pakistan (Playing XI): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi

    13:05 (IST)26 Dec 2018

    Pakistan win toss, elect to bat against South Africa.

    13:00 (IST)26 Dec 2018

    "These honours are great things to achieve and I'll be highly honoured. But when I do, I'll get back to the end of my mark and try and take another one. That's the plan," Dale Steyn on being one wicket away from becoming highest wicket-taker in Tests for South Africa.

    "He took 200 wickets in 33 Tests and we know South Africa haven't played a top-quality legspinner in three years. So we have an advantage, we have Yasir Shah, and hopefully they will struggle against him," Sarfraz Ahmed introduces the new leggie.

    South Africa vs Pakistan Live Cricket Score 1st Test Day 1 Live Streaming: Pakistan vs South Africa, 1st Test Day 1 Highlights: South Africa take on Pakistan. (Source: File)

    Pakistan vs South Africa, 1st Test Day 1 Highlights:

    South Africa (From): Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis(c), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock(w), Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Duanne Olivier, Zubayr Hamza, Dane Paterson

    Pakistan (From): Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Hasan Ali, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi, Faheem Ashraf, Shan Masood, Mohammad Rizwan