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Olivier takes second five-for of match as South Africa chase victory

SA v Pak, 1st Test, day 2, report

Hit For Six!

A group effort from South Africa's pace trident ensured that Pakistan remain on the back foot in the first Test, as Duanne Olivier's second five-for of the game helped the Proteas skittle their opponents for 190.

Olivier recorded figures of 5/59 to go with his first innings effort of 6/37, while Kagiso Rabada was excellent for his 3/47 and an improved Dale Steyn snatched 2/34. Faf du Plessis' men will require 149 to win on day three, having wrapped up the Pakistan innings before stumps was called. 

South Africa added 94 to their overnight total of 127/5, as Temba Bavuma and Steyn began in positive fashion on day two. The latter fell for a sprightly 23 courtesy of Mohammad Amir (4/62), who looked potent throughout, while Bavuma brought up a timely 12th Test half-century shortly after. Shaheen Shah Afridi (4/64) had him caught behind shortly after reaching the milestone, and Quinton de Kock was forced to bat with the tail.

Rabada (19) provided support before he perished at the hands of Afridi, and following Keshav Maharaj's dismissal, de Kock was left stranded with number 11, Olivier. De Kock accumulated swiftly and in entertaining fashion for his 45 before Amir duped him with a smart slower ball, forcing the Proteas' keeper-batsman into a poorly-timed shot that spooned into the hands of cover. The home side were 223 all out with a slim but important 43-run lead. 

Pakistan's reply began in assured fashion, as Imam ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman negotiated the South African quicks aptly. First innings hero Olivier had Zaman caught at long-leg for 12, leaving the tourists effectively 2/2. Shan Masood and Imam then resumed their mission to build a lead, the latter recording his third Test half-century before being cleaned up by Olivier for 57.

Rabada served up an excellent spell to see off Pakistan's middle-order
Rabada served up an excellent spell to see off Pakistan's middle-order

Masood then proceeded to anchor the innings and kept the scoreboard ticking while all of his team-mates began to capitulate around him, the wickets of Azhar Ali (0), Asad Shafiq (6) and the dangerous Babar Azam (6) shared between Olivier, Rabada and Steyn, who all had wonderful outings with the ball. 

135/3 had rapidly become 142/5, and three quick-fire scalps from Rabada had soon soured Pakistan's afternoon even further, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed lasting just two deliveries and recording a pair for the match.

Hasan Ali provided enough wag in the tail to keep his side breathing temporarily, putting on 26 with Masood, but Pakistan's last hope eventually holed out to Maharaj in the deep, the economical Steyn notching the important scalp of Masood for 65. 

Olivier then secured his second five-wicket-haul of the match with the final delivery of the day, as Afridi worked the ball straight into the hands of Aiden Markram at short-leg, who fumbled twice before taking an outstanding catch. 

It was a momentous occasion for Olivier, who is turning heads with his blistering performance, and the Proteas will be confident of chasing 149 on day three.

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