Steyn blows Pakistan away, Proteas in firm control

2013-02-02 16:19

Dale Steyn claimed astonishing figures of six for eight in 8.1 overs as he blew Pakistan away for just 49 and allowed South Africa to seize firm control of the first Test on 73 without loss, a lead of 277, at tea on the second day at the Wanderers.

Steyn today claimed three for eight in five overs in the morning session as Pakistan, replying to South Africa’s first innings of 253, lurched to lunch on 40 for seven.

Steyn then returned after the break to wrap up the innings in convincing fashion, taking three wickets in 13 balls without conceding a run as Pakistan crashed to their lowest ever Test total, beating the 53 they made against Australia in Sharjah in 2002/3.

South Africa declined to enforce the follow-on and Graeme Smith (41*) and Alviro Petersen (27*) strengthened the home side’s firm grip on the match as they rattled along at close to four runs per over in a confident opening stand.

Nine of the Pakistani batsmen were caught behind the wicket, while opening batsman Nasir Jamshed paid the price for a lack of footwork and was trapped lbw for two by Steyn.

Mohammad Hafeez (6) had no chance against a delivery that pitched on the stumps and then swung away sharply, edging a catch to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers to give Steyn his first wicket with his fifth ball of the morning.

New cap Jamshed lasted just 15 balls before falling to the first delivery of Steyn’s second over, which ended with Younis Khan edging the ball to Graeme Smith at first slip as the 35-year-old veteran departed for a duck.

Azhar Ali (13) and captain Misbah ul-Haq (12) occupied the crease for the next 75 minutes, but the partnership added just 24 runs and it was broken when Jacques Kallis joined the attack and made a double strike.

Kallis produced a lethal delivery aimed at Azhar’s throat, which the batsman could only fend away off the glove to wicketkeeper De Villiers.

Misbah was then given out caught behind on review, hanging his bat out at a Kallis away-swinger, but Pakistan will be unhappy that third umpire Steve Davis overuled the on-field not-out verdict, despite HotSpot showing no evidence of an edge.

Vernon Philander then claimed two quick wickets in the 23rd over, Asad Shafiq (1) and Umar Gul (0) both being caught behind the wicket. Both batsmen will be disappointed with the loose strokes they played.

Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed and Saeed Ajmal fell straight after lunch, with the innings ending as last man Rahat Ali was caught at fourth slip off Steyn.

While Steyn stole the limelight with his extraordinary figures, fellow pacemen Kallis (two for 11 in six) and Philander (9-5-16-2) also excelled.

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