South Africa had been well on top as Duanne Olivier took 5-51 to help bowl Pakistan out for 185 in less than 50 overs in Johannesburg – giving the hosts a first-innings lead of 77.
But their reply got off to a rocky start as they were reduced to 45-4 with stand-in captain Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn and Zubayr Hamza the men out.
Amla and Temba Bavuma combined to put on 48 for the fifth wicket, steadying the ship until Bavuma edged behind to go for 23 shortly before the close.
Duanne Olivier has now taken 21 wickets in this series. Only two South Africans have taken more wickets in a series having played 3 or lesser games. #SAvPAK— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) January 12, 2019
However, that brought in Quinton De Kock and he contributed a rapid 34 to an unbroken 42-run stand with Amla to leave South Africa in a strong position as they seek to wrap up a 3-0 series sweep.
Earlier, Pakistan were 91-5 before Babar Azam (49) and captain Sarfraz Ahmed (50) put on 78 off only 61 balls for the sixth wicket.
However, in the afternoon session, South Africa picked up three wickets in two overs as the score went from 169-5 to 169-8. Olivier took his series tally to 21 wickets at an average of 13.28.
In reply, South African stand-in skipper Elgar was caught behind for five off Mohammad Amir while Markram followed after making 21.
When all-rounder Faheem Ashraf dismissed both De Bruyn and Hamza, tension mounted in the South African camp before Amla and Bavuma steadied the innings and De Kock later upped the ante.
The series may be lost but Pakistan are putting up a fight on day two of the third Test against South Africa at The Wanderers.
The Proteas had reduced Pakistan to 53-4 after posting a first innings score of 262, but another counterattacking display from Babar Azam, with support from captain Sarfraz Ahmed, gave visitors hope. Pakistan were dismissed for 185 after another five-for from Duanne Olivier.
The hosts were in trouble in the second innings, reduced to 45-4 before recovering.
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Fast bowler Mohammad Amir returned to Pakistan‘s ODI team as selectors announced a 16-man squad for the five-match series against South Africa which starts later this month.
The 26-year-old Amir was dropped from the ODI team after picking up just one wicket in his last eight ODIs, including three Asia Cup matches in the UAE in September.
Amir has bowled decently in the ongoing Test series in South Africa and found his way back into the team.
“Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Abbas and Yasir Shah have been replaced by Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Hussain Talat, Usman Shinwari and Imad Wasim, respectively,” the Pakistan board said in a press release about the changes from the Test squad.
Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said the squad was selected with the 2019 World Cup in England in mind.
“While selecting the squad, we have tried to maintain consistency, taking into consideration player performances in white-ball cricket as well as looking ahead to the upcoming ODI challenges, including the World Cup,” he said.
There was no place for left-arm fast bowler Junaid Khan. Batsman Shan Masood and all-rounder Hussain Talat earned maiden ODI call-ups. Masood has been one of the few bright sports for Pakistan in the Test series in South Africa, showing great technique and control against a menacing South Africa pace attack.
The five-match series begins in Port Elizabeth on January 19, followed by games in Durban (January 22), Centurion (January 25), Johannesburg (January 27), and Cape Town (January 30).
Squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Hussain Talat, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari