Proteas chasing 182 for victory

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iol spt feb17 Proteas1 AP Pakistan were bowled out for 169 runs in the sixth over after lunch, leaving South Africa to chase down 182 for victory. Photo by: Schalk van Zuydam

Cape Town – Pakistan were bowled out for 169 runs in the sixth over after lunch, leaving South Africa to chase down 182 for victory on day four of the second Test at Newlands, in Cape Town, on Sunday.

Needing two more wickets, Robin Peterson bowled Saeed Ajmal (four) around his legs in the first over after lunch.

Dale Steyn finished off the job, removing Mohammad Irfan (two), who was caught by Alviro Petersen running back from third slip.

Resuming the day at 100 for four, the visitors lost the wicket of captain Misbah-ul-Huq for 44. He attempted to reverse sweep Peterson and, after adding only six runs to his overnight total, he looped the ball to Graeme Smith at short-fine leg.

Asad Shafiq (19) was unlucky when he played a defensive shot to Vernon Philander and it rebounded backwards onto his stumps.

The Proteas then took three wickets with three consecutive balls as Pakistan began to crumble.

Peterson took the first of them with the last ball of his over and Sarfraz Ahmed could only look on in disbelief as he left the delivery alone. He turned around and saw the ball, pitched outside leg, swing back onto the stumps, and he was on his way for five.

Overnight stalwart Azhar Ali went out to the first ball of Philander’s next over, edging to a diving AB de Villiers for a well-played 65.

Off Philander’s next delivery, Petersen reacted quickly to take a brilliant two-handed catch to his right and see off Umar Gul who faced just the one ball.

Philander bagged four for 40 while Peterson and Steyn each finished with three scalps. – Sapa

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