South Africa frustrate Pakistan as lead builds up

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Olivier's efforts enabled the Proteas to take a first innings lead of 77 in a low-scoring match and, although the Pakistan bowlers produce another whole-hearted effort second time around, the Proteas were able to extend their overall lead to 212 by the close of play with five wickets still in hand.

Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock will be looking to build on the 42-run partnership they had at the end of the previous day.

De Kock equalled his Test-best score of 129 before South Africa were bowled out for 303.

It was the hosts' turn to be in trouble early in their second innings. In the midst of Markram's 126-run second wicket stand with Amla, with Pakistan's seamers having made a tepid start on a track that seemed to be playing flat and true, it appeared three milestones - Amla's, Markram's and Elgar's - could follow according to the script, and that Hamza could ease past one, or perhaps even two, in his debut innings.

Elgar - leading South Africa in the absence of the suspended Faf du Plessis - and Bavuma had been guilty of a drop apiece in the morning, while wicketkeeper De Kock spilled two in addition to missing a stumping chance.

Home side's fiery seamer Duanne Olivier took five wickets as the Proteas made heavy work of bowling Pakistan out for 185 in their first innings on day two of the third and final Test at the Wanderers on Saturday.

It was Olivier's third five-wicket haul of the series and took his series tally to 21 wickets.

That didn't materialise as Sarfraz's wicket, caught after a juggle by Amla at slip off Kagiso Rabada (2-41), sparked Pakistan's collapse.

But the runs dried up after the interval as South Africa were able to add only 36 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 19.4 overs, hitting only four more boundaries.

Olivier stormed in next over to send Babar Azam (49) and Ashraf (0) packing off consecutive deliveries and Pakistan fell away after that, with Olivier completing his five-for with a short ball aimed at the ribs of Mohammad Amir, who prodded a catch to short leg. Don't discount the chance that Vernon Philander might even get another crack at a Test hat-trick, after he had Shan Masood and Azhar Ali caught behind with successive deliveries before Imam-ul-Haq denied him late in the day.

Steyn saw three of the four dropped catches go down off his bowling and also left the field temporarily holding his right shoulder, the same one he injured seriously in 2016 to leave him sidelined for more than a year.

South Africa's stand-in captain Dean Elgar ahead of the third Test at the Wanderers.

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