De Kock, Olivier help South Africa whitewash Pakistan in Test series

Duanne Olivier produced an excellent bowling spell on the final day of the third game against Pakistan to help South Africa win by 107 runs and complete 3-0 whitewash over the visitors in the three-match series.

Pakistan were placed at 153 for 3 with 228 runs needed to win the final game of the series. The initial overs of the morning session saw Duanne Olivier pick up key wickets of Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed to end Pakistan’s hope of earning a consolation win in the series. Asad Shafiq played well for his 68 runs before he received a brilliant outswing delivery to the see Dean Elgar take a clean catch in the second slips.

Kagiso Rabada came into the attack and picked up the wickets of Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Amir to see Pakistan lose wickets in cluster through the innings. All-rounder Shadab Khan produced valiant effort with the bat and scored unbeaten 47 runs off 66 balls with the help of seven boundaries. Hasan Ali and Mohammad Abbas fought hard but in the end it was inevitable as Pakistan were dismissed for 273 runs in 65.4 overs.

For South Africa, the pace duo of Duanne Olivier and Kagiso Rabada picked up three wickets apiece in this innings. Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander also picked up crucial wickets for South Africa.

Quinton de Kock splendid century and Duanne Olivier’s eight wickets helped South Africa beat Pakistan by 107 runs in the third and final game of the series.

Earlier in the game, South Africa won the toss and decided to bat first. Aiden Markram certainly showed his class and scored 90 off 124 runs with the help of sixteen boundaries. Hashim Amla, Theunis De Bruyn and Zubayr Hamza chipped in with crucial contributions. The hosts suffered a collapse of epic proportions to see them go from 229 for 3 to 262 in the final session on Day of the third Test at The Wanderers, Johannesburg.

In reply, Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals to see them reeling at 91 for 5 after 33.2 overs. Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed produced crucial performances to help Pakistan score crucial runs. The visitors were once again dismissed for 185 runs in 49.4 overs. Sarfaraz and co. lost their last five wickets in quick succession and added only 16 runs to the first innings total.

South Africa also early wickets in the second innings and were in all sorts of trouble at 93 for 5 after 28.3 overs. Hashim Amla produced a special innings on a pitch offering something for the bowlers. He scored 71 runs off 144 balls with the help of fourteen fours.

Amla added 102 run partnership with wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock to see South Africa extend their lead to over 270 runs. De Kock also produced a special innings at a crucial stage where South Africa needed to post a competitive score on the board for Pakistan to chase in the fourth innings. Left-hander notched up his 4th century in Test cricket and scored 129 runs off 138 balls with the help of eighteen fours and a six.

The hosts were dismissed for 303 runs in 80.3 overs to set a target of 381 runs for Pakistan to win the game.

Pace bowler Duanne Olivier was adjudged man of the series for his scintillating bowling performances throughout the three-match series. He topped the bowling charts for South Africa in this series with 24 at an average of 14.71.

For  his splendid century, wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock was man of the match.

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