South Africa take control of second test against Pakistan

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa’s four fast bowlers ripped through Pakistan to put the Proteas in control of the second test on Thursday and in line for a seventh straight series win at home.

Duanne Olivier led the all-pace attack with 4-48, to go with his 11 wickets in the first test, as Pakistan was all out for 177, the third time in three innings this series the tourists have failed to reach 200.

Olivier had the support of 3-48 from Dale Steyn, 2-35 from top-ranked test bowler Kagiso Rabada, and 1-36 from the returning Vernon Philander as South Africa’s decision to pick four quicks and put Pakistan in to bat paid off.

Pakistan was out in 51.1 overs and before tea on the opening day at Newlands.

By stumps, South Africa was 123-2 in its first-innings reply, only 54 runs behind, and eyeing up a sizeable lead thanks largely to 78 from 96 balls by opener Aiden Markram.

Markram was bowled by Shan Masood on what turned out to be the final ball of the day, sending the Pakistan players into the dressing room smiling, celebrating and with something to be positive about.

They had precious little success other than that on the opening day after losing the toss, being put in to bat and failing, mostly in the face of Olivier’s hostile, short-pitched bowling. Olivier backed up his career-best showing in the first test with another leading display.

South Africa won the first test by six wickets and is looking for a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Captain Sarfraz Ahmed made a fighting 56 for Pakistan in another struggling batting effort while Mohammad Amir took the only other wicket for the tourists when Dean Elgar was first man out for South Africa, caught behind by Sarfraz for 20.

Hashim Amla was 24 not out at stumps.