Johannesburg Test: Pakistan positive while chasing daunting target

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The feat was achieved on Day 3 of the Test, on a day in which Quinton De Kock slammed a brilliant 129 that helped South Africa set a formidable target of 381.

With 228 runs required and seven wickets in hand, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Co might have fathomed the improbable- chasing the target down.

The 10 catches, added to his previous nine dismissals (8 catches, 1 stumping) during the first two Tests also takes him to 19 dismissals in a series - which shattered Kamran Akmal's previous record of 11 in a series against South Africa, and just pipped Rashid Latif's all-time Pakistan record of 18 dismissals in a series.

Opening batsmen Imamul Haq and Shan Masood both started confidently as they scored freely against Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander, neither of whom was able to find the swing or seam movement that they generated in the first innings.

Most of the batting work for Pakistan on Monday morning will be for unbeaten Asad Shafiq (48) and Babar Azam (17) who weathered the late fast bowling storm by South Africa on Sunday after they lost Ul-Haq‚ Masood and Azhar Ali for underwhelming scores of 35‚ 37 and 15 respectively.

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Oliver opened the door in the third over of the day when he had the unsafe Babar Azam (21) hopping with the vicious bouncer that the dynamic stroke-maker could only fend behind to Quinton de Kock.

Steyn has so far picked 12 wickets in five innings, playing a key role in South Africa's dominance during the three-match series.

One of the remaining batsmen will clearly have to score the century that has eluded them in the series to date if Pakistan are to win the match.

While Amla was largely watchful and patient, De Kock batted fluently in reaching his fifty off 49 balls.

With the ball‚ Pakistan's best bowlers were Faheem Ashraf and Shadab Khan with three scalps each‚ Mohammad Amir with two and Mohammad Abbas and Hasan Ali who returned with one each for their troubles.

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