Olivier leads SA to series sweep

The paceman finishes series with 24 wickets

January 14, 2019
Duanne Olivier of South Africa celebrates taking a Pakistan wicket.
Duanne Olivier of South Africa celebrates taking a Pakistan wicket.

JOHANNESBURG — Fiery fast bowler Duanne Olivier took key early wickets as South Africa wrapped up a clean sweep of its series against Pakistan with victory by 107 runs on the fourth day of the third and final Test Monday.

Pakistan resumed its second innings needing a further 228 for victory with seven wickets in hand, but its chances faded when Olivier removed the dangerous Babar Azam (21) and captain Sarfraz Ahmed (0) in consecutive balls.

The home side chipped away at the wickets to bowl the visitors out for 273, with Olivier (3-74) and Kagiso Rabada (3-75) the pick of a hostile South African attack that has been key to the team’s success.

The teams begin a five-match One-Day International series Saturday with the first game in Port Elizabeth. They will also play three Twenty20 matches.

“I’m extremely proud, a 3-0 series win is just what we asked the guys for,” stand-in South Africa captain Dean Elgar said at the post-match presentation.

“It’s a good way to start the year, we have set our goals and are halfway there with one more test series against Sri Lanka to come.”

“Our fast bowlers know what they want to do, which makes your life easier as a captain. They have worked out their game-plans and know how to execute,” he added.

Olivier was asked to open the bowling on the fourth morning and took his wicket tally in the series to 24 with two quick scalps.

The pace and bounce proved too much for Azam, who could only fend a vicious delivery to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.

Pakistan’s in-form captain Sarfraz was bowled the very next ball, a double-strike that appeared to take the fight out of the visitors.

Faheem Ashraf (15) and Mohammad Amir (4) both steered Rabada deliveries to Aiden Markram at gulley, while Hasan Ali (22) became the latter’s third victim when he was caught and bowled.

Shadab Khan (47 not out) was impressive as he took the attack to the South Africans with some excellent stroke-play, but was denied a fourth test half-century when number 11 Mohammad Abbas (9) was run-out trying to pinch a quick single.

Olivier’s tally over the three games, the second highest by a South African in a three-match series, is just one behind record-holder Buck Llewellyn, who took 25 wickets against Australia in 1902.

“We were in a nice position after the first day (having bowled South Africa out for 262), but could not capitalize on that with our batting,” Sarfraz said.

“Their bowlers played really well and are very difficult on these wickets. Well done to them.

“Shan Masood played really well (with the bat) and Babar showed his class. Shan and Babar were the positives (from the series).”

South Africa won the first two Tests by six and nine wickets respectively, its seam attack leading the charge to victory on wickets that Pakistan’s vulnerable batting line-up found too spicy for their liking. — Reuters


South Africa (1st innings) 262

Pakistan (1st innings) 185

South Africa (2nd innings) 303

Pakistan (2nd innings)

Imamul Haq c De Kock b Steyn 35

S. Masood c De Kock b Steyn 37

A. Ali c De Kock b Olivier 15

A. Shafiq c Elgar b Philander 65

B. Azam c De Kock b Olivier 21

S. Ahmed b Olivier 00

S. Khan not out 47

F. Ashraf c Markram b Rabada 15

M. Amir c Markram b Rabada 04

H. Ali c and b Rabada 22

M. Abbas run out (Markram) 09

Extras (lb2, nb1) 03

Total (65.4 overs) 273

Falls: 1-67 (Imam), 2-74 (Masood), 3-104 (Azhar), 4-162 (Azam), 5-162 (Sarfraz), 6-179 (Shafiq), 7-204 (Ashraf), 8-208 (Amir), 9-242 (Hasan).

Bowling: Steyn 20-2-80-2, Philander 14-4-41-1, Olivier 15-2-74-3 (1nb), Rabada 16-2-75-3, Elgar 0.4-0-1-0.

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