Proteas beat Pakistan by nine wickets to clinch Test series

Virginia Santiago
January 7, 2019

The tourists batted better in the second innings, making 294, but the Proteas easily knocked off the 41 runs required for victory in just 48 minutes on the fourth morning.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur deemed the wickets in South Africa to not be up to the mark but the Protea skipper reckoned that the pitch for the second Test offered both departments opportunity to flourish.

"There are not a lot of Test matches that are going five days around the world any more", he said.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been given a suspension of one Test and penalty of 20 percent of his match fees and the rest of the team has been fined 10 percent of their match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate during the second Test against Pakistan in Cape Town.

"I haven't been back to South Africa in a cricketing capacity since 2010 and the standard of the wickets - the wicket we had at Centurion and the wicket here - I think haven't been good enough for Test cricket".

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Malekutu said the selectors would make a decision "in the next few days" regarding a replacement for Du Plessis in the squad. "It was tough on day two but we scored close to 400 runs", he said.

He will miss the third and final Test against Pakistan starting in Johannesburg on Friday.

Elgar was given the job despite Hashim Amla, a former captain, being in the side.

"With South Africa, particularly when you play a subcontinent team, you're always going to ask for bounce and pace". "Our bowling average speed was 130 (kilometres an hour), South Africa were bowling at 145".

Sarfraz acknowledged that a single warm-up game had not been enough to prepare Pakistan for South African conditions but he took heart from the second innings in which Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam scored impressive half-centuries.

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"It was good discussion, thought we got it spot on".

"That is how you play Test cricket", he said. "We have nothing to lose".

De Bruyn was elevated to the top of the batting order as regular opener Aiden Markram was being treated for a bruised hip after crashing into the advertising boards while fielding on Saturday.

Retired hurt on two, Amla plodded of the Newlands turf looking rather sorry for himself to join Markram on the injured list.

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