South African bowlers were at their cruel best as they did not allow Pakistan to even touch the 3 figure mark. Dale Steyn took 3 wickets while Imran Tahir took a 5 wicket haul as Pakistan’s first innings was bundled up for just 99 runs. If bowling of South Africa was cruelly dedicated to curb the Pakistan innings, their batting in the first innings was equally merciless. If Pakistan were relieved that South African batting line up was devoid of Hashim Amla, then they were in for a rude shock. Captain Smith made a double century while A B de Villiers made 164 runs.
Even though other names could not offer much to the team total, these two innings were enough to take South Africa to 517 and register a mammoth lead of 418. Pakistan now faces an improbable task to escape an innings loss or draw this match, with South African bowlers blazing fire from both ends.