Pakistan in SA

Abbott rips through Pakistan

2013-02-23 17:15
Kyle Abbott (Gallo Images)
Centurion - Seven wickets by debutant Kyle Abbott helped South Africa dismiss Pakistan for 156 and enforce the follow-on in the third and final Test against Pakistan on Saturday.

Roped in at the last minute, after Jacques Kallis strained his calf in the nets, Abbott took two for 16 in his first spell and five for 11 in his second, to justify the selectors’ faith in him.

His seven for 27 was the second best bowling figures for a South African on debut after Lance Klusener took eight for 64 in the second innings against India in Calcutta.

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At one stage Abbott was on a hat-trick after he struck twice with consecutive balls. For his fourth wicket, Sarfraz Ahmed was caught by Graeme Smith at first slip and, in what looked like an action replay, Saeed Ajmal went out for same way off his next delivery.

Pakistan’s own debutant Ehsan Adil managed to block the third ball.

Vernon Philander (two for 30) and Dale Steyn (one for 25) were South Africa's other wicket-takers.

After South Africa were all out for 409 before lunch, Pakistan had an uphill battle to make the hosts bat again.



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