Super Steyn destroys Pakistan for 49

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Updated: Saturday, February 2, 2013, 17:30 [IST]
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Super Steyn destroys Pakistan for 49

Johannesburg, Feb 2: South African bowling was too hot to handle for Pakistan batsmen as they were humiliated for just 49 runs in the first innings of the first Test here at Wanderers on Saturday.


Dale Steyn was the wrecker-in-chief with figures of 6/8 as Pakistan were bundled out for their lowest ever Test total in the second session of play on the second day. This was Steyn's best bowling figures in South Africa and second overall in his career.

Steyn's 6/8 in an innings is the third best bowling figures in Test history in terms of runs conceded. The top two are West Indies' Jermaine Lawson (6/3) and 6/7 by England's Arthur Gilligan.

South Africa, with a 203-run lead, did not enforce the follow-on and decided to bat. The hosts had made 253 on the first day and Pakistan resumed day two at 6/0. But in conditions conducive for fast bowling, the tourists were blown away.

Wicketkeeper AB de Villiers took six catches, equalling South African record.

Only two batsmen managed to get into double-digit scores. Azhar Ali's 13 was the highest followed by captain Misbah-ul-Haq's 12. Pakistan's innings lasted 29.1 overs.

Steyn's bowling figures read 8.1-6-8-6. This was Steyn's 20th five-wicket haul in Tests. Vernon Philander and Jacques Kallis took two wickets apiece in Graeme Smith's 100th Test as captain.


Story first published:  Saturday, February 2, 2013, 17:24 [IST]
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