JOHANNESBURG – South Africa claimed a second consecutive cleansweep on home-soil against Pakistan by wrapping up the third Test in the first session on Monday, claiming a 107-run victory.
Five years ago the series outcome was the same - 3-0 - and now as then, it was Pakistan’s failure to deal with the rising ball that was their undoing.
This series will be remembered for ‘Duanne the Destroyer’ with the big, muscular quick bowler finishing the series with 24 wickets, one shy of the South African record for the most wickets in a three match series set 116 years ago by left-arm wrist spinner Charlie Llewellyn against Australia.
It was Olivier who made a double breakthrough in the third over of play on Monday when he removed Babar Azam - another searing bouncer targeting the batsman’s throat - and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed first ball - a beautiful delivery that nipped back and hit off-stump.
That put paid to any hopes the tourists had of chasing an unlikely target of 381 to win. Pakistan had resumed Monday needing a further 228 runs with seven wickets in hand.