Pakistani bowler Rahat Ali defies his critics with six wickets on day two of the third Test against South Africa.
South Afrcia resumed day two with AB de Villiers and Vernon Philander at the crease and both looking like they wanted to score runs.
Rahat eventually got his man as de Villiers was caught by Asad Shafiq, but not until he’d racked up 121 runs. The South Africans had made the most of their opportunites by this point as de Villiers and Philander put on 129 for South Africa’s seventh wicket.
Philander was finally out off the bowling of Younus Khan, but only after he’d scored a career best 74. de Villiers then began to unleash runs with the bat and having already reached his 16th Test century, began to play the ball all over the park.
The wicket-keeper was out only because of a spectacular catch on the boundary from Shafiq and after his dismissal South Afrcia didn’t last long at the crease.
Kyle Abbott, Rory Kleinveldt and Dale Steyn could only muster 15 more runs between them, but the final total of 410 won’t have disappointed the Proteas.
The first innings will obviously belong to de Villiers, but strong scores of 92 from Hashim Amla and 74 from Philander shows South Africa’s strength in depth and they will be confident that their total will act as a winning foundation.
South Afrcia have already won the three match Test series after their comprehensive victory in Cape Town last week, but the side will now be feeling they could achieve a whitewash over Pakistan with victory at the SuperSport Stadium.