SA v Pakistan Live: Tourists remain in the hunt as hosts end day at 127-5

Sport360 staff 19:44 26/12/2018
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Amir has given Pakistan a late breakthrough.

South African pacer Duanne Olivier picked up six wickets to destroy Pakistan‘s batting line-up on the opening day of the Boxing Day Test in Centurion on Wednesday.

Olivier rattled the visiting batsmen with pace and late swing to reduce them to 100-7 in the afternoon session. Babar Azam then scored a fighting fifty to take the total close to 200. Olivier returned to finish things off and end with figures of 6-37.

Pakistan got off to an excellent start with the ball too with pacer Hasan Ali accounting for South Africa opener Aiden Markram (12) early into the innings. Mohammad Amir dismissed Hashim Amla before Shaheen Afridi  dismissed Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis off successive deliveries.

Following a brisk fifth-wicket stand between Theunis de Bruyn and Temba Bavuma, Amir returned to remove the former to give Pakistan some respite. The hosts were batting on 127-5 before stumps were eventually drawn on day one.

Earlier, Dale Steyn became South Africa’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker as he dismissed Fakhar Zaman as his 422nd victim on the first day of the first Test at SuperSport Park at Wednesday.

Zaman’s dismissal brought to an end more than three years of wait during which the fast bowler missed 27 Tests due to injury. Steyn thus broke Shaun Pollock’s record that had stood for nearly 10 years.

Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat. Catch the live updates below.

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