Another clinical performance from the hosts and they have won another series as well. They completely dominated the 2 Test matches and now would be looking for a whitewash. Pakistan on the other hand will try and avoid that. Will they be able to do so? Join us on the 11th of January at 1000 local (0800 GMT) to find out. Till then, take care and goodbye!
South African skipper and Man of the Match, Faf du Plessis, starts by saying he is happy he finally got a ton on his favorite ground. Further adds it is an amazing stadium and he is delighted he got a ton here. Mentions it was a gutsy effort from his team. States they enjoy playing here as the crowd is always right behind them. Reckons they are doing well at home and they want to keep the good work up. He feels the wicket got easier to bat on as the days progressed and he was fortunate to win the toss. All-in-all he says the wicket was good for both, the batters and the bowlers. Informs playing 4 pacers was their plan and it worked out quite well for them. Ends by saying he still feels the pressure of not scoring a lot, he remembered the good innings he has played and managed to do well here.
Pakistan skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed, says they did not have enough runs on the board in the first innings and they weren't able to restrict the South Africans too. Reckons the first couple of hours was really tough on Day 1 and they could not cope with it. Feels a couple more of practice matches before the Test series would have helped. He hopes of doing well in the third Test.
An innings defeat looked certain especially when Pakistan went into Lunch on Day 3 after losing two wickets. But half tons from Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam and Shan Masood saved their blushes. Especially the partnership between Masood and Shafiq which accounted for 132 runs. They did manage to worry the South Africans for a little while but a cluster of wickets in the last session on Day 3 with Rabada and Steyn both picking 4 each, saw the home side needing 41 on Day 4 which they knocked off easily. Stay tuned for the presentation.
In reply, it seemed, the hosts were batting on a completely different wicket. They had three batsman scoring fifties and their skipper, leading from the front with an outstanding ton. They batted close to 125 overs and took a big lead of 254.
It was a combined effort from them. Their bowlers first, justified their skipper's decision by bundling the visitors out for a paltry total. All the pacers picked a wicket at least, Steyn and Olivier were the pick as the former finished with a three-fer and the latter with a four-fer.
End of a commanding performance by an impressive team on home soil. Also, it is South Africa's 7th series win in a row at home. This was never in doubt when they came out to bat today morning, it was just a matter of how long will they take and it took them 59 balls to knock off these 41 runs. They did lose de Bruyn and Amla did walk off injured but Faf and Elgar ensured they complete the job and seal the series with a game to go.
A Ali to D Elgar, FOUR! Drags it short around leg, Elgar pulls it through fine leg for a boundary. AND SOUTH AFRICA WIN THE TEST MATCH AND LEAD THE SERIES 2-0.
Ali to Elgar, FOUR! Super response from Elgar. Fuller delivery on off, Elgar smashes it over the bowlers head and through mid on for a boundary. Protea require 2 more runs to win the Test match.
A Ali to Elgar, Good length on middle, Elgar tucks it towards mid-wicket
A Ali to Elgar, Outside off, Dean lets it go.
A Ali to Elgar, What a delivery to start with. Length delivery swinging away. Elgar tries to defend it, but it goes past the outside edge of the bat.
END OF OVER: 9 | 5 Runs 0 Wkt | SA: 35/1
Azhar Ali is on.
M Amir to Plessis, A bumper but it is down leg side, du Plessis avoids it.
M Amir to Plessis, Shortish again and once more it is angling across Faf. He tries to defend but the ball takes an outside edge and goes on the bounce to the slip fielder. He had played that with soft hands.
M Amir to Plessis, Back of a length, angling across the right-hander. Faf defends it off the back foot.
M Amir to D Elgar, Another short one on the body, Elgar mistimes his pull towards fine leg for a single. A biggie away now.
M Amir to Elgar, Very short this time and Elgar watches it go to the keeper.
M Amir to Elgar, FOUR! JUST OVER! This time there was glove involved but it went over the keeper. Short and on the body, Elgar goes for the pull but it takes the top edge and goes over the keeper for a boundary. 7 more needed.
END OF OVER: 8 | 7 Runs 0 Wkt | SA: 30/1
M Abbas to Elgar, A touch short on middle and leg, Dean works it around the corner for a run.
M Abbas to D Elgar, Goes short again on middle, Elgar pulls it through fine leg for a couple of runs.
Pakistan review for a caught behind! They feel that Elgar has gloved this. The umpire though feels different. Let us see who is right.
M Abbas to Elgar, NOT OUT! Elgar survives. Short of a length delivery on middle and leg, Egar tries to pull it, but it hits something and goes to the keeper. Sarfraz immediately goes for the review. He think it has hit his bat. The replay shows it hits his arm guard and Pakistan lose the review.