Cape Town, Feb 16: Saeed Ajmal's 5/41 destroyed South Africa's top order, as they were reeling at 139/5 at the end of play on day two of the second Test between South Africa and Pakistan at New Lands, Cape Town on Friday.
If Philander destroyed Pakistan's batting order, claiming 5/59 in the first innings after sending the visitors to bat first, Saeed Ajmal utilised the conditions well to attack the hosts as they were struggling at 139/5 at the end of play on Day 2.
Pakistan added 85 runs on Day 2 and lost 5 wickets to finish at 338 having played 116.2 overs. Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq both stole the show on Day 1 as they scored 111 each which actually helped the visitors post 338 in the first innings.
Nasir Jamshed reacts after playing a shot
Pakistan Nasir Jamshed during the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town, South Africa on Thursday.
Azhar Ali during the second Test against Proteas
Pakistan's Azhar Ali plays a shot against South Africa during the second Test at New lands, Cape Town on Thursday.
South Africa's Dale Steyn celebrates
South Africa's Dale Steyn celebrates after dismissing a Pakistan batsman during the second Test at Cape Town on Thursday.
Asad Shafiq celebrates after scoring a fifty
Asad Shafiq raises his bat after scoring a half century during his 230-ball 111 against South Africa in the second Test at Cape Town on Thursday.
Graeme Smith dismissed for 19
South Africa skipper Graeme Smith, looks up as he loses his wicket against Pakistan on Day 2 of the second Test at Cape Town on Friday.
Since the entire team excluding Tanvir Ahmed and the centurions, others were dismissed cheaply. Mohammad Hafeez (17), Nasir Jamshed (3), Azhar Ali (4), skipper Misbah (0), Sarfraz Ahmed (13), Umar Gul (0), Mohammad Irfan (6). Tanvir (44) added 64 runs with Saeed Ajmal for the 9th wicket, who remained unbeaten on 21.
Dale Steyn (1/55), Morkel (2/59), Peterson (2/94) and Vernon Philander (5/59) restricted Pakistan to 338 at Lunch on Day 2.
South Africa in reply to Pakistan's 338, lost wickets frequently as Graeme Smith (19), AN Petersen (17), Hashim Amla (25), Faf du Plessis (28) and Jacques Kallis (2) were dismissed cheaply on Day two having resumed play after Lunch. AB de Villiers (24*) and Dean Elgar (11*) are at the crease, and have an important task at hand on Day three as the first session holds the key.
Pakistan having lost the first Test by 211 runs, the visitors have come back strongly as Saeed Ajmal has been extraordinary in the second Test so far. Pakistan have given themselves a chance to comeback in the game having claimed 5 wickets in 2 sessions on Day 2.