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South Africa beat Pakistan at Johannesburg and seal 3-0 whitewash 

Pavan Suresh
394   //    14 Jan 2019, 16:12 IST

South Africa cruised to a 107-run triumph in the third Test at Johannesburg
South Africa cruised to a 107-run triumph in the third Test at Johannesburg

South Africa defeated Pakistan by 107 runs on the fourth morning of the third Test match played at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. It was a completely dominating performance by the hosts who outplayed Pakistan in all departments.

Starting the fourth day on 153 for 3, Asad Shafiq reached his half-century off 50 balls. Duanne Olivier dented Pakistan by dismissing Babar Azam and captain Sarfraz Ahmed in quick succession.

Shafiq was dismissed by Vernon Philander for 65 runs. It was a sterling bowling effort by the South African pacers who maintained pressure on Pakistan batting line up in the entire series. Shadab Khan looked impressive in the second innings as he ended unbeaten on 47 runs.

Chasing 381, Pakistan were eventually bowled out for 273 runs as Mohammad Abbas was run out following a fatal miscommunication between the wickets.

Olivier and Kagiso Rabada took three wickets each in the second innings for South Africa while veteran pacer Dale Steyn collected two wickets.

Earlier in the match, South Africa captain Dean Elgar won the toss and decided to bat first. Riding on Aiden Markram's 90, South Africa posted 262 runs in their first innings.

Pakistan's batting line up then failed to cope with the South African fast bowlers. Olivier took his third five-wicket haul in the series and helped bowl out the visitors for 185 runs in their first innings.

Thanks to Quinton de Kock's 129, South Africa reached 303 runs in their second innings and set Pakistan a massive target of 381 runs to win.

Pakistan performed much better in the second innings and quite a few of their batsmen got starts. But none of them were able to convert those into big scores. The loss at Johannesburg gave them a second successive 0-3 whitewash on South African soil.


Brief Scores: South Africa - 262 in 77.4 overs (Aiden Markram 90, Theunis de Bruyn 49, Faheem Ashraf 3/57, Mohammad Aamir 2/36) and 303 in 80.3 overs (Quinton de Kock 129, Hashim Amla 71, Hashim Faheem Ashraf 3/42, Shadab Khan 3/41) beat Pakistan - 185 in 49.4 overs (Sarfraz Ahmed 50, Babar Azam 49, Imam-ul-Haq 43, Duanne Olivier 5/51, Vernon Philander 3/43, Kagiso Rabada 2/41) and 273 in 65.4 overs (Asad Shafiq 65, Shadab Khan 47*, Shan Masood 37, Olivier 3/74, Rabada 3/75) by 107 runs