Olivier smiles, Pak grimace

Johannesburg, January 12 

South Africa’s fiery seamer Duanne Olivier took five wickets as the hosts powered into the ascendancy on Day 2 of the third and final Test against an outgunned Pakistan at the Wanderers today. South Africa, seeking a clean sweep, went to the close on 135/5 in their second innings, a lead of 212 runs in a Test that is rapidly moving forward with 25 wickets falling in only six sessions. 

Hashim Amla (42 not out) and Quinton de Kock (34 not out) will seek to set the tourists a challenging target on Day 3, with anything over 250 likely to trouble a Pakistan batting line-up that has battled the hostile home seam attack all series.

Olivier was the pick of the bowlers for South Africa with 5/51 as his pace and steep lift off the wicket restricted Pakistan to 185 in their first innings, the visitors losing their last five wickets for 16 runs. Babar Azam (49) and captain Sarfraz Ahmed (50) mounted an excellent fightback after lunch with a 78-run sixth-wicket partnership in 10 overs before the latter edged seamer Kagiso Rabada (2/41) to Amla at second slip, precipitating a collapse.

Olivier now has 21 wickets in five innings in this series at an average of 13 against a Pakistan side who are unable to handle his pace and bounce. — Reuters

Brief scores: South Africa 262 and 135/5 (Amla 42*, de Kock 34*); Pakistan 185 (Sarfraz 50; Olivier 5/51)

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