South Africa chase 41-run target in second Test


On the back of a century by captain Faf du Plessis, South Africa built a winning position, reaching 382 for six, a first innings lead of 205 runs.

A side that has yet to pass 200 in any of its three innings in the series to date already has its work cut out in this match - an hour of de Kock mayhem in the morning may push their hopes clean over the brink.

South Africa's seamers bowled nearly 122 overs across two innings in the match.

"I still believe in a good contest in Test cricket but, again, we aren't at home so we don't have a say. Test cricket for me the last few years has been the most exciting format of all".

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"The way we bowled in Centurion was much better and we didn't put enough runs on the board here either; we did not capitalise".

A century from captain Faf Du Plessis helped South Africa take control on day two of the second Test against Pakistan in Cape Town. In two Test matches in a row now on tough pitches he has scored runs, and it shows you that it is possible if you apply yourself mentally and you have a technique.

Pakistan are bolstered by the return of pacer Mohammad Abbas, who missed the first Test with a shoulder injury.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said the loss of five wickets on the first morning after his side were sent in had put Pakistan in a position from which it was hard to recover.

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"With South Africa, particularly when you play a subcontinent team, you're always going to ask for bounce and pace. It was definitely a lack of discipline with both bat and ball", Sarfraz said.

Amir went on to pick four wickets in the first innings. "We are getting better day by day".

Sure enough, five balls later, out came that cover drive for the three milestone-sealing runs off Amir, and off came the helmet - not for long, mind you, as Amir sconed him in the same over with an excellently directed bouncer to remind South Africa of the enduring threat in their ranks, even if on this occasion, they are in the process of being overwhelmed. "It's an incredible place to play cricket", said du Plessis. Hopefully we will do well in Johannesburg.

Regular South African opening batsman Aiden Markram did not bat after suffering a severely bruised right thigh when he fell heavily on the boundary rope while fielding on Saturday.

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