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.