Pakistan went from a position of dominance to a state of despair on Saturday as South Africa reduced the tourists to 40 for seven on the second morning of the first Test at the Wanderers.
South African pacemen Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander produced combined figures of five for 15 from 13 overs, while Jacques Kallis also weighed in with two wickets to give the Proteas a firm hold on the match.
Pakistan had suggested on Friday that it would give the world’s top-ranked side a stiff test as South Africa was bowled out for 253. However, that notion disappeared quickly as Pakistan crumbled from six without loss at the start of the day.
Steyn was the man who turned the tide, having Mohammad Hafeez caught behind in the second over of the day, before he dismissed both Nasir Jamshed and Younis Khan in the fourth.
Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali dug in for Pakistan and saw out 13 testing overs, before Kallis produced a brutal bouncer which caught Ali’s glove on its way through to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers.
That opened the floodgates, and Kallis found the edge of Misbah’s bat in his next over, but needed a review after the batsman was initially given not out by umpire Billy Bowden.
Vernon Philander took over from there, having Asad Shafiq and Umar Gul caught by the wicketkeeper and first slip respectively.
That left Pakistan in danger of following on, with Sarfraz Ahmed and Saeed Ajmal the unbeaten batsman during the lunch break.
Keywords: South Africa-Pakistan Test match, Wanderers