Pakistan vs South Africa: Dominant SA complete 3-0 sweep

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JOHANNESBURG: Duanne Olivier sparked a Pakistan collapse as South Africa completed a series clean sweep with a 107-run win on the fourth day of the third and final Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Monday.

Starting the day on 153 for three, Pakistan lost their remaining seven wickets for 120 runs to be bowled out for 273.

Olivier effectively ended Pakistan’s hopes when he took two wickets off successive balls in the third over of the morning.

Babar Azam received a fast, lifting ball angled in towards his throat, which he gloved to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock. Azam (22) had helped Asad Shafiq add 58 for the fourth wicket.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was bowled first ball. Seemingly expecting another short-pitched delivery from Olivier, he was deep in his crease when he had his off stump knocked back by a fast, full delivery.

With Vernon Philander gaining unpredictable bounce from a good length just outside off stump, Shafiq advanced down the pitch and was caught at second slip off a ball which seamed away from him.

Shafiq had taken his overnight score of 48 to 65, made off 71 balls with 11 fours.

Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Amir were both caught by Aiden Markram at gully off Kagiso Rabada.

Shadab Khan batted well to make 47 not out and received support from Hasan Ali, who made a quick 22, and Mohammad Abbas until Abbas was run out after a mix-up.

Olivier, who got his chance to play in the series because Philander was injured, was the leading wicket-taker with 24 at an average of 14.71. He was named man of the series.

Quinton de Kock, who made 129 for South Africa in the second innings, was man of the match.

Sarfraz surpasses Dhoni, Gilchrist to set new record

JOHANNESBURG: Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed set a new wicket-keeping record during the third day of the third and final Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Sarfraz took 10 catches in the ongoing Test, going past Australia’s Adam Gilchrist and India’s MS Dhoni to become the wicket-keeper captain with the most number of catches in a match.

He also set a record for a Pakistan wicketkeeper by taking five catches in each innings. His total of ten dismissals in the match was one better than the record previously shared by Rashid Latif and Kamran Akmal.

Most number of catches by wicket-keeper captain:

10: Sarfraz Ahmed vs South Africa (Johannesburg, 2019)

8: Alec Stewart vs South Africa (Nottingham, 1998)

8: Adam Gilchrist vs Sri Lanka (Darwin, 2004)

8: MS Dhoni vs Australia (Melbourne, 2014)

Set to make a daunting 381 to win, Pakistan were 153 for three at the close on the third day, needing another 228 runs to avoid a clean sweep.

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