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Smith notches up a ‘fifty’

Pretoria: Debutant Kyle Abbott took nine wickets as South Africa completed a 3-0 series sweep over Pakistan with a crushing innings and 18 run victory in the third and final cricket Test at Centurion on Sunday.

Pakistan were bowled out for 235 in their second innings, having managed 156 in their first in reply to South Africa’s 409.

The win, completed in three days, made Graeme Smith the first captain to claim 50 Test wins.

“It has been a very special summer at home with some incredible milestones for myself and the team,” Smith told reporters.

“To be able to achieve something today in winning 50 Tests with a special group of cricketers is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

Abbott, who had come in for the injured Jacques Kallis, was the pick of the South African seamers on a helpful wicket, recording match figures of nine for 68.

The 25-year-old took the scalps of Imran Farhat (43) and Ehsan Adil (12) to add to his seven wickets from the first innings.

“My knowledge of Kyle was limited going into the test match so it was fantastic to see him bowl as well as he did,” Smith said. “He bowled at a good, solid pace, hit the deck hard, got the ball in the right areas. He asked a lot of questions.”

Starting the day on 14 for one, Pakistan showed some fighting spirit losing only Younis Khan (11), who played a thick edge off Dale Steyn to Smith at first slip, in the morning session.

The visitors began to implode after lunch. Azhar Ali (27) and Farhat put on 54 for the third wicket before the former ran himself out in calamitous fashion.

Farhat worked the ball to fine leg and after running one, Ali turned for a second at the wicketkeeper's end. He was always struggling against the bullet throw of Steyn from the boundary and in the end was well short.