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Johannesburg Test: Steyn Six-for Destroy Pakistan

Posted on the 02 February 2013 by Azharnadeem

Dale SteynDale Steyn bombarded on the clueless Pakistan to skittle them out for their lowest ever score of 49 on the second day of the first Test in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The world No.1 Test bowler claimed six wickets for just eight runs and Vernon Philander and Jacques Kallis bagged two wickets apiece as the tourists were bowled out in 29 overs.

Despite of bowling out the tourists far beyond from the follow-on, South Africa, who were bowled out for 253 runs in the first innings on the late on the final session on day 1, decided to bat again and reached at 207-3 at stumps, increasing the overall lead to 411 runs.

AB de Villiers (63 not out) and Hashim Amla (50), who shared unbroken 108-run fourth-wicket stand after the departure of Graeme Smith (52), Alviro Petersen (27) and Kallis (7), were present at crease at close.

Petersen and Smith got the hosts off to a strong start in the second innings and shared 82 runs for the opening wicket before pace spearhead James Anderson struck twice to remove both in his successive overs.

Kallis, who yesterday cracked a half-century and became the fourth batsman to complete 13,000 runs in Tests, failed to play a big knock and fell to off-spinner Saeed Ajmal cheaply.

Earlier, Pakistan’s wickets toppled like pack of cards as they had no answer to Steyn’s ruthlessness.

Barring Azhar Ali (13) and skipper Misbah-ul Haq (12), none of the other Pakistani batsman was able to reach double-digits.

Steyn set the tone of Pakistan’s calamity early in the innings by scalping openers Mohammad Hafeez (6) before claiming Nasir Jamshed (4) and Younis Khan in his next over, leaving Pakistan 3-12.

Pakistan not recovered from there as Steyn’s back-to-back bursts continued to hurt them. Steyn completed his 20th five-wicket haul by edging Sarfraz Ahmed to de Villiers behind the stumps and snared Rahat Ali in his alternate over to wrap the Pakistan innings up.

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