South Africa vs Pakistan 2nd Test Day 1: Olivier, Markram put South Africa in charge

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Duanne Olivier finished with figures of 4-48 off 15 overs

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Duanne Olivier took four wickets and Aiden Markram scored 78 as South Africa dominated Pakistan on the opening day of the second Test in Cape Town.

Choosing to bowl first, South Africa got the early breakthrough they were looking for as Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman was caught by Temba Bavuma in the slip cordon off the bowling of Dale Steyn for one run.

Imam-ul-Haq, who opened the batting with Zaman, only scored eight runs before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Vernon Philander.

Azhar Ali failed to have an impact either as he was caught by Hashim Amla at slip off the bowling of Olivier for two runs.

Asad Shafiq managed to make 20 before he was caught by Dean Elgar at third slip off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada.

With Olivier then removing Babar Azam for two runs, Pakistan found themselves reeling at 54/5.

Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and Shan Masood came to the rescue for the tourists as they forged a 60-run partnership before Masood was caught behind off the bowling of Rabada for 44.

Sarfraz went on to score an 81-ball 56, which included nine boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Olivier.

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Sarfraz Ahmed was Pakistan’s top-scorer with 56 runs

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Yasir Shah became Olivier’s fourth victim, while Steyn took out Mohammad Abbas and Shaheen Shah Afridi as Pakistan were bowled out for 177.

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

Trailing by 177 runs, South Africa got off to a solid start as Markram and Elgar amassed a 56-run partnership before Elgar was caught behind off the bowling of Mohammad Amir for 20.

Markram and Amla kept the runs flowing with a 67-run stand, during which Markram surpassed his fifty, before he was clean bowled by Masood for 78, which came off 96 balls and included 14 boundaries and a six.

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Aiden Markram scored his fourth Test fifty

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As soon as Markram was dismissed, stumps was called.

Amla remained unbeaten on 24, which came off 54 deliveries and included four boundaries.

Amir and Masood claimed one wicket each.

South Africa ended day one on 123/2 and will continue batting on Friday at 10:30 local time or 08:30 GMT.

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