South Africa vs Pakistan 1st Test Day 1: Steyn makes history, but Olivier stars on the opening day in Centurion

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Duanne Olivier finished with career-best figures of 6-37 off 14 overs

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Dale Steyn made history on the opening day of the Boxing Day Test in Centurion, but Duanne Olivier stole the spotlight as he carved through Pakistan’s batting line-up with a six-wicket haul.

Opting to bat first, Pakistan got off to a horrible start as opener Imam-ul-Haq was given out lbw off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada for a duck on the 10th ball of the match.

Fakhar Zaman, who opened the batting with Imam, managed to make 12 before he was caught by Dean Elgar in the slip cordon off the bowling of Steyn.

With his 422nd wicket, Steyn surpassed Shaun Pollock to become South Africa’s leading wicket-taker in Tests.

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Dale Steyn celebrates after going past Shaun Pollock to become South Africa’s highest wicket-taker in Tests

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Azhar Ali and Shan Masood managed to add 37 runs to the score before Masood was clean bowled by Olivier for 19.

Asad Shafiq also failed to have an impact with the bat as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Olivier for seven runs.

Olivier then took out Azhar Ali, captain Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Amir in quick succession to complete his five-for.

Rabada then removed Yasir Shah for four runs before Babar Azam and Hasan Ali put up a fight by forging a 67-run partnership, during which Azam brought up his fifty.

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Babar Azam scored his 10th Test fifty

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Azam ended up making a 79-ball 71, which included 15 boundaries, before he was caught by South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis at second slip off the bowling of Rabada.

Pakistan were eventually bowled out for 181 when Shaheen Shah Afridi was caught behind off the bowling of Olivier for a duck.

Hasan was left standed on a 28-ball 21, which included two boundaries and a six.

Olivier was the pick of the bowlers with six wickets, while Rabada snapped up three and Steyn chipped in with one.

Trailing by 181 runs, South Africa lost opener Aiden Markram early on as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Hasan for 12.

Hashim Amla only made eight runs before he was caught by Azam at gully off the bowling of Amir.

Dean Elgar, who opened the batting with Markram, managed to make 22 runs before he was caught by Azhar at first slip off the bowling of Afridi.

Afridi struck again the very next ball as Du Plessis was caught by Azam at gully for a golden duck.

Temba Bavuma and Theunis de Bruyn came to the rescue with a 67-run partnership before De Bruyn was was caught behind off the bowling of Amir for 29.

Bavuma and Steyn, who was sent in as the nightwatchman, managed to amass an unbeaten 15-run stand before stumps was called.

Bavuma finished on 38, which came off 47 balls and included six boundaries, while Steyn remained undefeated on 13, which came off 13 deliveries and included two boundaries.

Amir and Afridi took two wickets apiece, while Hasan claimed one.

South Africa ended day one on 127/5 and will continue batting on Thursday at 10:00 local time or 08:00 GMT

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