SA claim comprehensive six wickets win over Pakistan inside three days

Dale Steyn has become South Africa's top test wicket-taker

Dale Steyn has become South Africa's top test wicket-taker

Hashim Amla could certainly do with a significant contribution to restore waning faith, but Aiden Markram hasn't reached 20 in his last six Test innings and would also be hungry for a match-winning contribution.

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 vast pressure on a wicket that showed both sideways movement and variable bounce.

Pakistan were also sweating on the fitness of some of their players coming into this game, and while it had already been confirmed that Mohammad Abbas and Shadab Khan would not play, Fakhar Zaman has progressed back to fitness and will open the batting with Imam-ul-Haq.

"Hopefully we can kill off that target as soon as possible", South Africa's Temba Bavuma said, recognizing that the pitch was "tricky".

South Africa's nervous run-chase - the Elgar-Amla century partnership apart - came at the end of a seesaw match that ended well inside three days and which was dominated by pace bowlers on a green-tinged pitch.




Cape Town - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has denied reports that coach Mickey Arthur had heated exchanges with some of his senior players on the second day of the first Test against the Proteas in Centurion.

With only the two-dimensional images available, the West Indian decided there was enough doubt to change the decision.

Pakistan were out for 181 in their first innings, and South Africa replied with 223 all out.

Elgar, on four at the time, went on to make 50 in a stand of 119 with Hashim Amla (63 not out) as the Proteas took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series and Arthur has received an official warning and been handed one demerit point for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct with his reaction. Both Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan captain, and Du Plessis failed to open their account in the first innings of the Centurion Test that began on the Boxing Day.

Theunis de Bruyn (10) was stumped off Yasir Shah (1-20) trying to finish the game with quick runs and Du Plessis recorded a pair of ducks in the match when he attempted a hook off Afridi and was caught at fine leg.

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