At end of the third day, Pakistan needs 228 runs and South Africa needs 7 wickets. But Pakistan’s fourth wicket partnership may be a serious headache of Protea bowlers.
As South Africa ends up their inning a 303. Experienced Hashim Amla and wicket Keeper Quinton de Cock partnership started from 212 runs lead. Though Amla surrendered to Hasan Ali at 195 on the scoreboard. Amla decorated his 71 runs inning by fourteen boundaries.
But de Cock picked his fourth test century. His 129 runs inning has 18 fours and a six. Kagiso Rabada companied him well. This lower order faced 62 balls to pick 21 runs. South Africa lost their last wicket at 303 runs. Then Pakistan had the target of 381 runs.
Both Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf picked three wickets each. Amir had two wickets. Each Mohammad Abbas and Hasan Ali got one as well. surely, this partnership is the main headache of Protea bowlers.
Pakistan started well to this difficult target of 381 runs. Their opening partnership brought 67 runs. Then Dale Steyn picked Imam Ul Haq (35) and Shan Masood (37) back to back by 74 runs. At 104 runs on the scoreboard, Duanne Oliver made Azhar (15) Ali caught behind.
Then Asad Shafiq (48) and Babar Azam (17) made a counteraction partnership and spent the session well. Both will head off to the target.
On the fourth day, Pakistan needs 228 runs and South Africa needs 7 wickets but according to the history of this wicket South Africa may be a step ahead here.