A dream debut by South Africa’s Kyle Abbott left Pakistan reeling at 14 for one and still trailing by 239 runs in the third and final test in Centurion on Saturday. After South Africa made 409 in their first innings, Pakistan were bowled out for 156 and forced to follow on. The visitors could not have made a worse start to their second innings, losing a wicket off the first delivery as they reached 14 for one at stumps on the second day. Dale Steyn had Mohammad Hafeez beaten for pace and he stuck his bat out and got an inside edge which uprooted his middle stump. Keeping it tight, Steyn and Vernon Philander applied relentless pressure as South Africa continued to dominate the series.
But the day belonged to Abbott who took seven for 29 in the first innings. Roped in at the last minute, after Jacques Kallis strained his calf in the nets, Abbott’s bowling figures were the second best by a South African on debut after Lance Klusener took eight for 64 in the second innings against India in Kolkata in 1996. That truely speaks all for the day as South Africa are right on top of the match. At the end of Day 2, Pakistan are 239 runs behind. Not much to discuss on what Pakistan would like to do on day 3 but the Proteas would surely wish to wrap them up early on!
Match Timings: Feb 24, 2013 (10:30 local | 08:30 GMT | 14:00 IST)