Boxing Day Test: South Africa crush Pakistan by 6 wickets to take 1-0 lead

first_img Reuters CenturionDecember 28, 2018UPDATED: December 28, 2018 18:45 IST Hashim Amla’s unbeaten 63 helped South Africa take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHashim Amla regained form as South Africa chased down 149 with 6 wickets to spareDean Elgar chipped in with a half-century after surviving a claim for a slip catchWith the six-wicket win, South Africa go 1-0 up in the three-match seriesHashim Amla struck an unbeaten half-century as South Africa brushed aside some early alarms to record a six-wicket victory over Pakistan on day three of the first Test at Centurion Park on Friday.Chasing a modest 149 to win in testing batting conditions, Amla took his side home shortly before tea on 63 not out to rediscover his form with just a second half-century in his last 14 innings.He put on 119 for the second wicket with the gritty opener Dean Elgar (50) to lay the platform for the win, though both survived early scares as Pakistan’s seamers created immense pressure on a wicket that showed both sideways movement and variable bounce.The second Test begins in Cape Town on January 3 with the series to conclude in Johannesburg on January 11.Starting their second innings chase under gloomy skies after overnight rain, South Africa opener Aiden Markram was trapped leg before wicket by Hasan Ali (1-39) for a duck before the home side had a run on the board.Pakistan bowled with skill and accuracy and beat the bat on numerous occasions before Amla was dropped on eight at third slip by Fakhar Zaman.Pakistan’s irritation grew when moments later they thought they had Elgar caught at first slip when he was on four.Seamer Shaheen Afridi (1-53) induced the edge that looked to have been gobbled up by Azhar Ali. Elgar began walking towards the dressing room, but was called back when the on-field umpires conferred over whether the catch had been taken.It was sent to third umpire Wilson with a soft signal of ‘out’, which called for conclusive evidence for the decision to be overturned.advertisementWith only the two-dimensional images available, the West Indian decided there was enough doubt to change the decision.It was a potentially a game-changing moment in the innings with South Africa on 16-1 at the time.Elgar and Amla capitalised on that good fortune and both would go on to make half-centuries.Elgar (50) then handed a first test wicket to Pakistan part-timer Shan Masood when he had a swipe at a loose delivery and was caught by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.Theunis de Bruyn (10) was stumped off Yasir Shah (1-20) trying to finish the game with quick runs and home captain Faf du Plessis recorded a pair of ducks in the match when he attempted a hook off Afridi and was caught at fine leg.Also Read | Boxing Day Test: Australia dare to dream after Pat Cummins rattles India’s top-orderAlso Read | Indian players and fans racially taunted at MCG, sections of crowd warnedFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow South Africa vs PakistanFollow Pakistan cricket teamFollow Hashim AmlaFollow Dean Elgar Boxing Day Test: South Africa crush Pakistan by 6 wickets to take 1-0 leadSouth Africa vs Pakistan: Hashim Amla’s unbeaten 63 helped the hosts go past the finish line in a tricky chase of 149 in the first Test of the ongoing three-match series in Centurion.advertisementlast_img

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