South Africa close in on series win

South Africa need just 161 runs to win with three days of the third Test left.

    Two late wickets gave Pakistan a slight chance of rescuing the third Test [AFP]

    South Africa's captain Graeme Smith is unbeaten on 33.

    After 15 wickets fell on the first day, the batting woes continued on Saturday when Ashwell Prince was given out in the third over with only two runs added.
    Prince pays the price

    Prince was beaten by a Kaneria googly and it seemed that wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal had missed his second stumping chance against the left-hander.
    The ball bounced off Akmal's gloves and Yasir Hameed dived forward from silly point to catch it.

    Graeme Smith is unbeaten on
    33 in the second innings [AFP]

    Umpire Steve Bucknor gave Prince out to the batsman's undisguised surprise. Replays suggested Prince had missed the ball.
    Two balls later nightwatchman Harris edged Mohammad Asif to Younis Khan at second slip and South Africa had lost two wickets for two runs. Andrew Hall was quickly caught behind off Kaneria for four.
    Boucher went on the attack after a quiet start in which only 18 runs were scored off the first 11 overs, hitting three fours, a two and a straight six in an over from Asif which cost 22 runs.
    He slammed Kaneria over midwicket for six in the next over but the partnership was ended when Boucher tried to steal a single off the fifth ball of an over from Mohammad Sami, who replaced Asif.
    Boucher dabbed the ball towards third man but Younis Khan chased it from slip and hit the stumps at the batsman's end to run out Dale Steyn.
    Boucher did not get a chance to face another ball because last man Makhaya Ntini was out first ball, leg before to Sami. Boucher made  his runs off 36 balls with five fours and two sixes.
    Kaneria, bowling into a large bare area at the Wynberg end, took three for 44 and Asif three for 53.
    Steyn's success

    Fast bowler Steyn took three for 47 during Pakistan's second innings. First he had Mohammad Hafeez caught at backward point, then swung a ball in to the left-handed Imran Farhat to win an lbw decision before Ntini had Younis Khan caught behind without scoring.
    First innings top-scorer Mohammad Yousuf looked threatening for Pakistan before he was bowled for 18 by a ball from Hall which held its line  after a series of out-swingers. Hall then had Yasir Hameed caught at gully for 35.
    Boucher pulled off a smart stumping to dismiss fellow wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal off left-arm spinner Harris.
    Then Inzamam was caught behind for 22 after surviving two difficult chances.

    Pakistan were only 95 runs ahead when Inzamam was given out but tailenders Mohammad Sami and Shahid Nazir put on 55 for the eighth wicket to give their team an outside chance and ensure that the  match would go into a third day.
    Smith batted aggressively at the start of South Africa's chase but lost opening partner Dippenaar to the third ball bowled by Kaneria when he top-edged an attempted sweep to be caught behind.
    Nightwatchman Harris lasted long enough to ensure no other batsman would have to go in before he was out to the first ball of the final over.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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