South Africa vs Pakistan: Mohammad Amir rips apart Vernon Philander’s leg stump

South Africa vs Pakistan: Mohammad Amir rips apart Vernon Philander’s leg stump

South Africa vs Pakistan: Mohammad Amir rips apart Vernon Philander’s leg stump

Sure enough, five balls later, out came that cover drive for the three milestone-sealing runs off Amir, and off came the helmet - not for long, mind you, as Amir sconed him in the same over with an excellently directed bouncer to remind South Africa of the enduring threat in their ranks, even if on this occasion, they are in the process of being overwhelmed.

After the three umpires charged the home team, match referee David Boon, the former Australia batsman, ruled South Africa were one over short of the minimum target and imposed the punishments.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said on Sunday that his bowlers were chiefly to blame for their defeat in the second Test against South Africa at Newlands, which also gave the Proteas the series win.

Du Plessis was previously found guilty of what the International Cricket Council, in announcing the ban, described as a "minor over-rate offence" after the second Test against India in Centurion in January a year ago.

Visibly in a lot of pain, the veteran left the field, leaving Elgar and skipper Faf du Plessis to get the job done. "At times it was hard, but that's Test cricket".

But if we had played two or three practice matches prior to the series, it would be helpful for us.

Touring South Africa has never been an easy proposition for sub-continent teams, with Pakistan continuing the legacy of no team from Asia ever having won a Test series in the republic.

The South African captain felt Pakistan had missed a chance to put pressure on the hosts by failing to capitalise on a sparkling third wicket stand between Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq on Saturday.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said the loss of five wickets on the first morning after his side were sent in had put Pakistan in a position from which it was hard to recover.

Every morning Faf du Plessis wakes up, someone is moaning about the state of the pitches in South Africa.

"It was good discussion, thought we got it spot on. It's an wonderful place to play cricket", said du Plessis.

Aiden Markram, Elgar's opening partner, is seen as a future Test captain.

Hashim Amla was forced to retire hurt on two after being hit on the right upper arm by a ball from Amir which lifted sharply off a good length.

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