Proteas leave Pakistan reeling

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Robin Peterson and Vernon Philander sparked a collapse by Pakistan, who lost four wickets in 13 balls on the fourth day of the second Test against South Africa at Newlands. Photo by: Schalk van Zuydam

Cape Town – Robin Peterson and Vernon Philander sparked a collapse by Pakistan, who lost four wickets in 13 balls on the fourth day of the second Test against South Africa at Newlands on Sunday.

Pakistan were 157 for eight at lunch, a lead of 169. Philander took three wickets and Peterson two on a morning when the tourists added only 57 runs for the loss of five wickets.

Pakistan made slow but solid progress at the start of the day, seeing off the threat of fast bowlers Philander and Dale Steyn.

But they had only added 14 runs in 8.2 overs to their overnight total of 100 for three when captain Misbah-ul-Haq top-edged a sweep against left-arm spinner Peterson and was caught by South African captain Graeme Smith at short fine leg for 44.

Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq added 33 for the fifth wicket before Shafiq was unlucky to see a defensive stroke against Philander bounce up and then back on to his stumps.

Peterson bowled Sarfraz Ahmed, who padded up to a ball pitched outside leg stump, with the last ball of the next over and Philander then took wickets with the first two balls of the following over.

A long vigil by Azhar Ali ended when he edged an outswinger to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers. Ali made 65 off 193 balls with seven fours.

Umar Gul edged the next ball and Alviro Petersen flung himself to his left at third slip to take a spectacular catch.

South Africa were without fast bowler Morne Morkel, who left the field with a hamstring injury on Saturday, but Peterson bowled accurately for all but two overs from the Kelvin Grove end.

He had figures of two for 64, taking two for 32 in 11 overs on Sunday.

Philander, who took five for 59 in the first innings, had taken four for 40 in the second innings. – AFP


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