Hashim Amla plays a stroke to the leg-side on Friday. Photo: Themba Hadebe/AP

Centurion - South Africa were well on their way to victory as they reached 81/1, in pursuit of 149 to win, at lunch on day three against Pakistan in the Boxing Day Test in Centurion on Friday.

Starting their innings on day three, Aiden Markram was trapped lbw for a duck by Hasan Ali before South Africa had a run on the board.

With the ball swinging and moving off the bowler-friendly pitch, Dean Elgar (32) and Hashim Amla (45) successfully negotiated a tricky morning session.

Elgar was also struck on the body during morning play, but remained resolute at the crease.  

South Africa will require a further 68 runs to win with two sessions remaining on day three.

On Thursday,  Pakistan batsman Shan Masood said the nature of the pitch at Centurion meant Pakistan were in with a good chance of winning the opening Test against South Africa, despite setting the hosts just 149 to win the match.

African News Agency (ANA)