SA vs PAK 1st Test Day 3, South Africa vs Pakistan: South Africa took a 1-0 lead in the three match Test series at home against Pakistan following a comfortable 149 run chase on the third day. Hashim Amla remained unbeaten on 63 to get to the target without fuss. Dean Elgar provided company with a half century of his own to take the game away from Pakistan. To be fair, the game was all but over on the second day with Pakistan suffering a collapse in the second innings to lose nine wickets in 89 runs.
Once again, Pakistan’s troubles with the bat were brought to light even as the bowlers did their best to make this a contest – even with a 149 run target to get for the hosts. For South Africa, this Test has been all about Duanne Olivier who took 11 wickets – with two consecutive fifers. For a backup bowler, he made himself count and how.
Pakistan in South Africa, 3 Test Series, 2018/19SuperSport Park, Centurion 19 January 2019
South Africa 223 (60.0) & 151/4 (50.4)
Pakistan 181 (47.0) & 190 (56.0)
Match Ended ( Day 3 - 1st Test ) South Africa beat Pakistan by 6 wickets
South Africa vs Pakistan 1st Test Day 3 Score and Updates:
SOUTH AFRICA WIN!
Temba Bavuma goes down on the knee and the sweep shot is played effortlessly. No one in that region and the ball races off for a boundary. South Africa win by 6 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Temba Bavuma puts his weight on to the drive and collects four runs. Outside off from Shaheen Afridi, confident shot from Bavuma to find the gap and the boundary. Takes South Africa to five runs from win
Another wicket falls and Faf du Plessis falls for a duck. A pair for the South Africa captain. Like Sarfraz. Shaheen Afridi with a bouncer, Faf pulls and it is a comfortable catch for Hasan Ali on the boundary rope. South Africa are 137/4 and need 12 more to win
13 runs to get and Theunis de Bruyn looks to finish it quickly. Wild slog to Yasir Shah but gets beaten in flight and slides through for the stumping. First wicket for a spinner in the Test. South Africa are 136/3
Next ball, he's gone! Dean Elgar played against his body, no foot movement and the outside off delivery gets a thick outside edge to carry to Sarfraz Ahmed. Neat take by the Pakistan keeper to move across and hold on. Elgar departs for 50 and South Africa are 119/2. 30 more needed to win
WHAT. A. SHOT! Masood with a pitched up delivery, outside off and Dean Elgar sends it bouncing towards the boundary straight down. Raises his bat and brings up his 13th Test fifty from 122 balls.
Hasan Ali in the slot for Dean Elgar to just play this shot uppishly and clear the infield. Lovely use of the upperhand to get the boundary towards the long on region
Under 50 needed to win
FOUR! Dean Elgar brings up South Africa's 100 with a boundary. And the target required drops to under 50. Loud applauses ring around the ground. Loose delivery from Hasan Ali, drifting down leg and Elgar gets a faint tickle to send it very fine for a boundary. It's come off the thigh pad though
FOUR! Hashim Amla brings up his 40th Test fifty in remarkable fashion. Just using the width on offer to open the face of the bat and strike a boundary.
Back after Lunch
Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar out to resume the innings after Lunch. Mohammad Amir continues the attack with the ball. The sun is shining brightly now and the danger of rain seem far away for now.
South Africa are set for a win at the end of the first session. Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar take the Proteas to 81/1 at Lunch. The Proteas need 69 runs to win.
The weather changing
The clouds are clearing away for now at Centurion and South Africa are just 70 runs shy of the target. Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar are doing the job for their team.
50 up for Proteas
FOUR! Shaheen Afridi misses his line and bowls right on Dean Elgar's legs. Elgar just flicked it towards the leg side for an easy boundary. It brings up 50 for Proteas and 50-run partnership for Elgar and Amla. It also means that the hosts need less than 100 runs to win.
Nerves are settled
The early nerves from Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla seem to have settled down now and both the batsmen are scoring runs at a fast pace. The duo have stitched a 46-run partnership and Pakistan continue to search for wickets.
Amla releases pressure
With two quick chances of dismissals, the pressure was building on South Africa. Hashim Amla releases the pressure by smacking two boundaries in Hasan Ali's over. Just a little bit of width on two occasions and Amla makes full use of it.
LIFELINE NO 2
Now, Dean Elgar gets a lifeline as he struck a ball to Azhar Ali at slips. But the umpire has gone for a TV referral. The soft signal was OUT. But after the replays, it was given A NOT OUT.
OH MY GOD! Pakistan really cannt afford to make mistakes and they just made a BIG ONE! Beautiful delivery from Hasan Ali to push Hashim Amla in playing a shot towards the second slip. But Babar Azam has dropped a sitter.
Dean Elgar joins the party. After facing 18 balls, the left-handed batsamn finally get runs off the bat, and he too does it in style. Clean hit for a boundary. South Africa are on the move.
FOUR! Hashim Amla steers Hasan Ali's delivery on the leg side towards the ropes for the first runs of the bat. It took the home side 5.4 overs to finally get a run of the bat, and Amla brought that in style.
WICKET! First blow for South Africa and it is the rocket man Hasan Ali who gets the breakthrough early on. Rammed on the pads of Aiden Markram and the umpire was quick to signal it out. SA 0/1
CHASE IS ON!
Day 3 begins - Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram out to open the innings for Proteas. Mohammad Amir has the new ball for Pakistan. CHASE IS ON!
South Africa vs Pakistan 1st Test Day 3 Live
Hello and welcome to our live blog on the third day of the first Test between South Africa and Pakistan. Proteas captain Faf du Plessis could not have asked for an easier task in front of them. With all the 10 wickets in hand, the hosts need just 149 runs to win to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Pakistan, on the other hand, would have to produce one of the best bowling performance in 2018 if they want to have any chance to save the game.