This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
On the 2nd day of final test match, Kyle Abbott managed to collect seven wickets on debut to lead South Africa toward a series whitewash and Pakistan was enforced for follow on at Centurion on Saturday. Abbott’s 7 for 29 are now the second best figures by a South African Test debutant following Lance Klusener, who took 8 for 64 against India in Kolkata in 1996. Pakistan was then bowled out for mere 156, trailing by 253 runs from South Africa’s first-innings total.
In the follow-on innings, Dale Steyn made Mohammad Hafeez out in the beginning and Pakistan closed the day on 14 for 1 – still 239 runs short of South Africa.
The 25-year-old Abbott replaced the injured Morne Morkel and Jacques Kallis, but proved his worth by making Hafeez caught at gully by Dean Elgar.
Vernon Philander trapped Imran Farhat lbw for 30, and he followed Abbott’s strike with the wicket of Azhar Ali as Pakistan threw away its most successful opening partnership of the series by losing three wickets for 10 runs. Abbott had Misbah-ul-Haq caught at second slip and Dale Steyn trapped Asad Shafiq lbw made Pakistan to slip at 95 for 5. Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed along with Younis put up some resistance until Abbott trapped Ahmed and Saeed Ajmal caught at first slip by Smith in consecutive deliveries, and then he dismissed Ehsan Adil and Mohammad Irfan after few overs. Afterwards Younis was trapped lbw by Abbott at 33 – Pakistan’s top score – and left Pakistan to show some performance in order to avoid a heavy defeat.
Earlier when the hosts resumed 334 for 6, Pakistan fast bowler Rahat Ali produced figures of 6-127 as home side was able to post 409 due to AB de Villiers’ 16th Test century and 74 from Philander, who put on 129 for the seventh wicket partnership. Philander was then caught by Hafeez at first slip off Khan, while De Villiers was dismissed at 121 off Rahat Ali and was well caught by Shafiq at deep midwicket.
Ali also dismissed Rory Kleinveldt, then ended South African innings off by bowling Abbott for 13.
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