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South Africa Put Pakistan Under Pressure on Day 2 of Second Test

Tanuja Saikhom | 1 month ago

Host South Africa are in a strong position on the second day of the second Test against Pakistan at Newlands in Cape Town after they wrapped up visitors for a palsy 177 runs and maintained a  lead of 11 runs on 188/4 at lunch.

The Proteas scalped the Pakistan batting lineup with their bowlers trimming the top order batsmen in a quick session. 

Pacer Duanne Olivier was the highest wicket taker of the inning with the figures of 4/48. His victims included Sarfraz Ahmed (56) who posed the threat to the African side’s joy ride before he was caught behind by Quinton de Kock.

Shan Masood struck a gritty 44 runs off 71 balls until he gave it up to Kagiso Rabada.

In response to Pakistan, opener Aiden Markram (78) and Dean Elgar (20) built a solid start for the Proteas and captain Faf du Plessis knocked his 18th Test half-century on Friday.

Once again the thrill-filled match witnessed another drama on field days after the controversy laden first Test in Centurion.

Temba Bavuma survived when an on-field decision was overturned by the television umpire. The incident mirrored the one in the first Test when Elgar survived against Shaeen Afridi after TV umpire Wilson reversed the on-field decision.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur was was handed an official warning and one demerit point for showing dissent at Wilson’s decision.

Bavuma (53) and Faf du Plessis (69) were on the crease with 265/4 on the board when the latest report came.