CAPE TOWN – South Africa moved into a first innings lead during a tense second morning of the second Test against Pakistan at Newlands on Friday.
South Africa were 188 for four wickets at lunch, a lead of 11 runs.
The hosts lost two wickets and could score only 65 runs in 27 overs against some hostile, accurate bowling.
South Africa also benefitted, for the second time in successive Tests, from a television umpire overturning a catch decision by the on-field umpires.
Hashim Amla did not add to his overnight score of 24 before he was bowled by a ball from Mohammad Abbas which snaked back off the pitch to hit his leg stump.
Theunis de Bruyn played a loose drive and was caught at gully off Shaheen Afridi after making 13.
Captain Faf du Plessis (33 not out) and Temba Bavuma (15 not out) survived until lunch.
After looking at numerous replays Ravi overturned the on-field decision because it appeared the ball had touched the ground.
The incident was similar to one at a critical stage of the first Test in Centurion, also involving Azhar Ali, when Dean Elgar survived against Shaeen Afridi after Wilson reversed the on-field decision. A consensus of television commentators was that there was no conclusive evidence to justify Wilson’s decision.
On Thursday, though, the footage suggested Ravi made the correct call, notwithstanding the conflict between two-dimensional images and three-dimensional reality.
Brief scores at lunch on the second day of the second Test:
South Africa 188-4 in 57 overs
A. Markram 78
F. du Plessis 33 not out
South Africa lead by 11 runs with six wickets remaining in the first innings
Toss: South Africa
Agence France-Presse (AFP)