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Cricket

South Africa complete series sweep over Pak
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Centurion, February 24, 2013
First Published: 21:03 IST(24/2/2013)
Last Updated: 23:54 IST(24/2/2013)

South Africa completed a series clean sweep when they beat Pakistan by an innings and 18 runs on the third day of the third and final Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Sunday.

Pakistan were bowled out for 235 in their second innings, an improvement on their first innings total of 156.

But the margin of victory and the series result was a fair reflection of the dominance of South Africa, the world champions, playing in their home conditions.

Dale Steyn took four for 80 and was responsible for the run-out of Azhar Ali which sparked a collapse of the Pakistan middle order. For the only time in the series, the Pakistan lower order showed some resistance and Steyn was frustrated in a final spell of eight overs after tea. At the other end Kyle Abbott was unable to complete a ten-wicket haul on his Test debut, finishing with two for 39 after taking seven for 29 in the first innings.

South Africa won the first Test in Johannesburg by 211 runs and the second in Cape Town by four wickets. None of the matches went to a fifth day.

Brief scores: Pak 235 (Imran Farhat 43, Sarfraz Ahmed 40; D. Steyn 4-80) & 156 v SA 409.


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