Pakistan in South Africa, 3 Test Series, 2018/19
Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion
Date & Time: 26 December 2018
RR: 2.98 |
Temba Bavuma walks out at number 6. Just 12 more to get.
Skipper Faf du Plessis eventually has to come out now. Just 13 runs needed.
Shaheen Afridi returns. 11-1-33-0 so far.
Theunis de Bruyn comes out at number 4, replacing Elgar, for the finishing duties.
Yasir Shah into the attack now. 2-0-7-0 so far.
DRINKS BREAK. Just 35 more needed. Pakistan have tried almost everything. Nothing left in this game now. Can they suddenly get something going and take a few wickets? The result won't change but at least they will be a bit happier going into the new year's Test. Time for the part-timers now. Shan Masood is back on. 1-0-2-0 so far.
Hasan Ali returns. 10-4-35-1 so far.
A helmet comes on. A short leg in place now. No prizes for guessing why.
Something wrong? Amir comes running in but just as he is about to deliver, bails out. Probably his footing was not right. Yep. Has a look at his landing area.
Shaheen Afridi is back on. 6-1-17-0 so far.
Shan Masood now.
Welcome back. 68 runs needed. Plenty of time left. Can we expect any more fight from Pakistan?
... DAY 3, FINAL SESSION? ...
Pakistan have tried hard but luck has not gone their way. On another day, they would have had the Proteas 4-5 down by now. But this is one of those days where the rub of the green is going the opposition's way. Just 68 more needed now and the second session should be the final one of the match but there is rain forecast. Hopefully, the match ends by then. Join us back at 12.40 pm local (1040 GMT).
The day began in terrific fashion with Hasan Ali nipping Aiden Markram out LBW for a duck. Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar would have gone in quick succession too, but while Fakhar Zaman dropped Amla, Elgar was controversially adjudged not out after Azhar Ali claimed a catch at first slip. After that happened, there were some tight overs but once the bowlers started to tire, the batsmen started to feast.
Good morning. If you have just woken up. South Africa have had a wonderful session. Excellent morning, if you have been following the game from the start today. What a passage of cricket. Fine tight bowling and then some riposte from Amla and Elgar. Good, competitive cricket.
Yasir Shah into the attack now.
The physio is out in the middle. The magic spray comes out. The ball has hit Elgar at such a part that the pain will not subside so easily.
Hasan Ali is back on. 7-3-21-1 so far.
Is that out LBW? Bat first or pad first? Amir reckons he has got Amla plumb in front. Where did it pitch? Is it hitting the stumps? The third umpire has been summoned as Pakistan have chosen to make a delayed call for the review.
Mohammad Amir returns. 4-3-4-0 so far.
IS THAT OUT? Dean Elgar has nicked one behind to first slip. Azhar Ali is claiming the catch but the umpires are not that sure. Has the ball bounced? The soft signal is out. Referred upstairs...
Shaheen Afridi into the attack now. Replaces Amir.
We just get a replay of Markram's dismissals in this Test. Similar ones, LBW in each, playing back to deliveries which he might be forward to. Also, the bat is coming down at a much wider angle, say from gully to mid-wicket, instead of probably first slip to mid on. Bowlers all over the world will be watching this...
Hashim Amla walks in at number 3, replacing Markram.
Hasan Ali to share the new ball with Amir.