1st day of test 3: Pakistan takes control against South Africa with three late wickets

Pakistan caught three late wickets by their spinners and left South Africa struggling at 187-4 in their second stub run on day three of the first test on Thursday.

Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen led South Africa’s resistance by reversing a 158 innings deficit in the first set. Their half-centuries in a gritty 127-track stand made the Proteas soar after tea, but both beaters were sent back in the last 33 balls of the day, with Faf du Plessis for 10.

South Africa was effectively 29-4 with two days to go.

Legspinner Yasir Shah put 3-53 _ six for the game _ and Nauman Ali 1-27.

“The wicket has started to spin and there is a bit of a rebound for the spinners as well,” Shah said. “Tomorrow we will try to eliminate them quickly so that we don’t have to chase so many races for the win.”

Aiden Markram made 74 and Van der Dussen 64, digging together for almost 3.5 hours. On the stumps, Captain Quinton de Kock had not yet scored and the night watchman Keshav Maharaj had not come out.

Shah put an end to the menacing attack by catching Van der Dussen near the wicket, then passing Plessis to the plumb before the wicket. Du Plessis managed a lbw video benchmark before scoring and was also abandoned on 6.

Nauman secured Pakistan’s advantage when he tricked Markram into a block and the ball slashed the shoulder of the stick and gave Abid his second silly point catch.

Earlier, Pakistan were eliminated for 378 in the morning, Shah leading the callers with 38 undefeated points.

South Africa scored just 47 points in the middle of the session and lost only Dean Elgar, for 29 to Shah when wicket keeper Mohammad Rizwan dived his full length past the stumps and landed a superb two-handed grip.

Markram and Van der Dussen were lucky.

Markram survived a video reference on the 22nd and was dropped four points later by captain Babar Azam at 71-1. Van der Dussen was tried by referee Aleem Dar off Seaman Faheem Ashraf soon after reaching his half-century, but the South African got the decision overturned.

Van der Dussen reshuffled the deficit in the same way when he guided Ashraf through the ravine to the third man for a border before falling to Shah.

Shah finished Pakistan’s heats in the first hour on a high, making an unbeaten 38 on 37 balls and sharing a 55-point stand at the last wicket with Nauman, 24.

Pakistan recovered from 33-4 on day one to post a commendable total on the backs of Fawad Alam’s patient century and lower order contributions.

Kagiso Rabada’s 200th wicket test was the highlight for South Africa after Pakistan took over on day three at 308-8. Rabada made the leap on his first end of the day by uprooting Hasan Ali’s central stump as the drummer recklessly tried to shoot on the 21st.

The fast bowler, playing his 44th test, became the youngest South African at 25 to take 200 wickets. His sleeve numbers were 3-70.

Rabada delivered 8,154 balls to become the third-fastest bowler at 200 wickets in testing history for balls, after Pakistani bowling coach Waqar Younis (7,730) and Dale Steyn (7,848).

“It’s a huge achievement to be included on a list of these names,” said Rabada, playing his first test in a year. “It’s satisfying. But the show continues.

Shah ensured Pakistan extended their lead beyond 150 points by breaking four limits and smoothing Maharaj (3-90) longer for a six before the left arm spinner completed the innings by trapping Nauman at lbw .

Lungi Ngidi took 2-57 but fast bowler Andrich Nortje returned an expensive 2-105.

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