Du Plessis, Steyn star as South Africa clinch Test series win against Pakistan

Hosts South Africa produced a clinical performance with bat and ball to beat Pakistan in the second game of the series played at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town. Opener Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis remained unbeaten till the end to see South Africa complete the chase inside ten overs.

In pursuit of 41, South Africa lost makeshift opener Theunis De Bruyn early in the innings. Hashim Amla had a short stay at the crease as he was struck on the elbow and was forced to retire from the innings. With this result, South Africa completed a series win over Pakistan and also their seventh consecutive win at home.

Opener Aiden Markram did not open the innings due to a bruised right thigh after a mishap on the field on Day 3 of the second Test at Newlands. Dean Elgar played well and smashed unbeaten 24 runs to see South Africa win by nine wickets.

South Africa beat Pakistan by nine wickets to take 2-0 lead in the three-match series

Earlier in the game, South Africa Captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and opted to bowl first. Pakistan’s batting once again crumbled under pressure courtesy of superb bowling from the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was the top-scorer for the side with 56 runs off 81 balls to find form with the bat.

The host’s batting certainly brought their A-game to the table as they scored 431 runs to take a mammoth lead of 254 runs. Du Plessis produced a flawless innings and notched up his ninth ton in Test cricket. Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram and wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock produced crucial half-centuries to help South Africa control the game.

In their second innings, Pakistan showed intent and purpose as Asad Shafiq and Shan Masood put on 132-run partnership. Left-hander Masood has been the best batsman so far on the tour and once again scored 61 runs off 176 runs with the help of nine boundaries. He was dismissed by Dale Steyn to see the home side get back into the contest.

Pakistan once again capitulated after being comfortably placed at 194 for 3 at one stage. Asad Shafiq, Fakhar Zaman and Sarfaraz Ahmed in a space of ten overs to see South Africa take firm grip of the game. Dale Steyn was standout bowler for South Africa with four wickets. South Africa dismissed Pakistan for 294 runs to see the hosts needing another 41 runs to win the game.

Skipper Faf du Plessis was named man of the match for his brilliant century in the game. The third and final game of the Test series will be played on Friday at The Wanderers, Johannesburg.

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