SA vs Pak 3rd Test, Day 3 highlights: Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam helped Pakistan reach 153/3 at the close of day’s play. The visitors require another 228 runs to win with 7 wickets in hand. Chasing a mammoth target of 381 runs, Pakistani openers Imam-ul-Haq and Shan Masood gave Pakistan the start the visitors would have hoped for. The duo added 67-run for the first wicket. However, Dale Steyn struck twice in two overs to push Pakistan on backfoot. Imam was the first batsman to be dismissed in the 20th over. Shan also failed to resist the South African seam attack as he fell short in the 24th over. Duanne Olivier gave visitors the third blow as he dismissed Azhar Ali when he was on 15.
Earlier in the day, South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quniton de Kock completed his fourth Test century before South Africa were bowled out for 303. The left-handed batsman scored 129 runs in 138 deliveries, which included 18 boundaries and one six.
Pakistan vs South Africa 3rd Test, Day 3 highlights:
After losing the third wicket on 104, Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam construct a 49-run partnership to help Pakistan end Day 3 at 153/3. Asad is two runs short from his half-century, while his partner Babar is on 17 runs. The visitors require 228 runs more to win with 7 wickets in hand.
Duanne Olivier strikes
A short delivery by Duanne Olivier and Azhar Ali fails to deal with the delivery. Ali tries to jump but the ball hits his gloves and goes straight towards de Kock. Azhar Ali departs after scoring 15. PAK: 109/3
Pakistan bring up their 100
Pakistan bring up their 100 as Azhar Ali flicks a ball towards deep mid-wicket for a boundary. Azhar Ali is batting on 15 while his partner Asad Shafiq is on 16. PAK: 104/2 (need 277 runs to win)
Dale Steyn provides South Africa with another breakthrough as Shan Masood walks back to the pavilion after scoring 37. The ball pitched outside off was angling towards Masood, who was a little slow with his shot. The ball takes an inside-edge, goes on to hit his thigh pad and eventually lands safely in de Kock's gloves. Asad Shafiq is the new batsman out in the middle.
Dale Steyn finally breaks the 67-run opening stand between Imam and Shan. Imam nudges a delivery pitched outside off and it takes the outside edge of his bat goes straight towards de Kock, who takes a comfortable catch at the end. Imam departs after scoring 35.
50 up for Pakistan
A short delivery gets the perfect treatment by Shan Masood as he chops it towards point for four. With this boundary, Pakistan reach 50/0.
Players arrive in the middle after the break. Shan Masood will be on strike as Kagiso Rabada gets ready to bowl his first over of the innings.
Chasing 381, Pakistan go into the break at 34/0. Both the openers have so far fetched the runs quickly as Imam is on 18 (21), while his partner Shan Masood is on 16 with the same of deliveries faced. The visitors require 347 runs more to win with 10 wickets in hand.
Pakistan openers are out in the middle
Shan Masood and Imam-ul-Haq come out to start the Pakistan chase. Dale Steyn will start the proceedings for the hosts.
Shadab Khan picks up the final South African wicket as Duanne Olivier departs after scoring 1. Century from De Kock and important contributions from other South African batsmen help the hosts post 303 in their second innings. Pakistan require 381 runs to win.
Rabada tries to pull a short delivery but mistimes his shot as the ball pops up in the air. Shadab Khan at covers make no mistake as he comfortably catches the ball. With this dismissal, South Africa lose their ninth wicket. SA: 303/9 (lead by 380 runs)
Just when Quinton de Kock decides to take the aerial root, he ends up giving his wicket. First ball of Shadab Khan's over, the left-handed batsman goes down on his knee and smashes the ball for a six over mid-wicket. Second ball, de Kock tries to repeat the same shot. However, this time he fails to clear the boundary rope and gifts an easy catch to Hasan Ali at deep mid-wicket. De Kock departs after scoring 129 in 138 deliveries.
Quinton de Kock comes out of the crease and plays a straight drive. The ball runs towards the fence and with this shot de Kock completes his century. This is his fourth century in Test cricket. SA: 262/7 (lead by 339 runs)
250 up for South Africa
De Kock plays a pull shot and guides the ball towards deep mid-wicket to complete a single. With this South Africa goes past 250-run mark. De Kock is batting on 94, while his partner Rabada is on 5. SA: 251/7 (lead by 328 runs)
The batsmen are out in the middle to resume the innings. Mohammad Amir will start the proceedings for Pakistan. SA: 233/7 (lead by 310 runs)
It was a great session for South Africa as they scored 97 runs in the first session. The hosts are batting on 232/7 and have extended their lead by 309 runs. De Kock who is unbeaten on 77 will resume the innings with Rabada.
Amir bowls a quick yorker and the ball hits Philander's toe and then his bat. The umpire takes his time but eventually raises his finger. However, Philander is not happy with the decision and decides to take the review. Third umpire confirms that the batsman is out. South Africa lose their review. SA: 224/7 (lead by 301 runs)
200 up for South Africa
Vernon Philander drives the ball towards extra cover for a boundary, with this South Africa bring up their 200. SA: 203/6 (lead by 280 runs)
Hasan Ali strikes and Pakistan finally break the 102-run stand between Amla and De Kock. Amla tries to play a delivery pitched outside off and the ball takes an outside edge and goes straight towards Sarfraz. A fine innings by Amla comes to an end as the batsman departs after scoring 71 runs. Vernon Philander is the new man at the crease. SA:197/6 (lead by 274 runs)
Quniton de Kock knocks the ball on the leg-side and completes a single. With this, the South African wicketkeeper-batsman 16th half-century in Test cricket. SA: 181/5 (lead by 258 runs)
South Africa 142/5
Partnership between Amla and de Kock has now crossed 50. There was a big LBW appeal against Amla off the very first over of the day by Abbas but that came to nothing.
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Every run that South Africa add from this point on will feel like a bonus for them. This is a match in which both sides have shown potential for collapses so they will know that putting a healthy lead on the scoreboard would do half the job for the bowlers in trying to take 10 Pakistan wickets over the course of the next two days. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock to continue.