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.
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Pakistan received a major blow on Tuesday as seamer Mohammad Abbas was ruled out of the Boxing Day Test against South Africa.
Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed revealed Abbas hasn’t recovered fully from the shoulder injury he suffered in the UAE. Abbas hurt his shoulder while diving in the field during the Dubai Test against the Kiwis.
Leg-spinner Shadab Khan – whose groin injury continues to hamper his career – is unavailable for selection. However, opening batsman Fakhar Zaman is available after being sidelined due to a knee injury.
“Abbas is not fit for the first Test, hopefully he will be fit for the second Test,” Sarfraz said. “Shadab Khan, too, will be back for the second Test, but Fakhar Zaman is fit.”
In the absence of Shadab and Abbas, Pakistan will rely on pacers Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi and Faheem Ashraf with leg-spinner Yasir leading the spin department.
South Africa too are battling fitness issues with seamer Vernon Philander ruled out of the opening Test due to a fractured finger while pacer Lungi Ngidi has been sidelined for a long duration due to a knee injury.
The International Cricket Council has asked the Pakistan Cricket Board to pay 60 per cent of the legal costs incurred by the Indian cricket board while being involved in the case pertaining to a dispute over bilateral matches.
The Pakistan board had claimed damages up to $70 million from the BCCI for not fulfilling terms of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two sides to play six bilateral series from 2015 and 2023.
However, the ICC dispute panel ruled in India’s favour as the MOU was not binding. Now, the ICC has asked PCB to reimburse BCCI’s legal expenses.
PCB were unhappy at the directive but added that not being asked to pay the entire legal fees was a minor victory.
“The PCB notes the ICC Dispute Panel’s decision on BCCI’s claims for their legal expense incurred on the PCB-BCCI dispute. The award of significantly lesser costs than claimed by BCCI reflects that PCB’s case had merits. The PCB, however, reiterates its disappointment in the original decision/award given against it.”