Pretoria: Debutant paceman Kyle Abbott left Pakistan in tatters with seven first innings wickets as South Africa bowled out the visitors for 156 on the second day of the third Test at Centurion, here, on Saturday.
Abbott took seven for 29, the best-ever Test bowling figures at Centurion, to force Pakistan to follow-on after South Africa had amassed 409 in their first innings.
Pakistan’s fortunes failed to improve in the second innings as they limped to 14 for one at the close of play. Mohammed Hafeez played the very first ball of the innings on to his stumps from a Dale Steyn delivery.
But the real damage was done in Pakistan’s first innings. Imran Farhat had already survived an lbw dismissal from Rory Kleinveldt that was overturned on review. But was later trapped in front by Vernon Philander.
Hafeez then became the first Test victim for Abbott as he was caught at gully by Dean Elgar in the paceman’s first over.
In the next ball, Philander removed Azhar Ali after his off-stump was knocked back by a ball that kept low and took the edge of the bat.
Younis and Misbah-ul-Haq advanced the score to 75 before the latter edged Abbott to Alviro Petersen at second slip and he pulled off an excellent low catch to his left.
The procession of wickets followed after tea. Asad Shafiq was out lbw to Steyn, before the tourists again lost wickets in consecutive balls. The mode of dismissal was the same, caught at first slip by Smith off the bowling of Abbott with Sarfraz Ahmed and Saeed Ajmal the victims.
Pakistan had no answer to the bounce and movement Abbott was getting off the pitch and he claimed the last three wickets too. Faf Du Plessis caught Ehsan Adil at third slip, while Mohammed Irfan edged to Elgar at fourth slip.
Younis tried to keep the strike from there on, but he was trapped lbw to end the innings and give Abbott his seventh wicket.