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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has conceded that his side’s inability to capitalise on bowling South Africa out for 262 on the first day was the reason why they lost the third Test.
Pakistan had already lost the series coming into the match in Johannesburg, but were aiming to claim a consolation win and avoid being whitewashed 3-0.
However, they were skittled out for 185 in their first innings and allowed South Africa to score 303 in the second innings.
Being set 381 to win, Pakistan put up a fight early on, but ultimately crumbled under the pressure and were bowled out for 273.
“We were in a very nice situation after the first day, but we just didn’t capitalise with the bat. Their bowlers bowled really well,” he was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder.
With Pakistan having lost the Test series 3-0, they will be looking to bounce back in the five-match ODI series, which begins in Port Elizabeth on January 19.