JOHANNESBURG – Despite picking up two wickets in the session, Pakistan’s poor discipline with the ball allowed South Africa to continue to dominate the first day of the final Test at the Wanderers on Friday.
By tea, the Proteas had reached 226/3, scoring at a rate close to four an over.
Pakistan let themselves down after dismissing Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla, allowing the under pressure Theunis de Bruyn and the debutant Zubayr Hamza off the hook with some desperately poor bowling, with their lengths on many occasions shocking.
At the break, the pair had added 72 runs for the fourth wicket, with De Bruyn, who’s been in poor form in this series, on 48 and Hamza on 38.
Earlier, Markram’s dreamy knock came to an end in agonising fashion when he was caught down the leg side by Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed after making 90.