S Africa edge closer to win

Cape Town, January 27:

South Africa were on target to clinch their Test series against Pakistan after a second successive day of tumbling wickets today.

South Africa were 36-2 at the close on the second day of the final Test after being set to make 161 to win, with captain Graeme Smith unbeaten on 33. Danish Kaneria took both wickets, having Boeta Dippenaar (3) caught behind before trapping Paul Harris leg before in the last over.

Seventeen wickets fell for 274 runs today, with South Africa bowled out for 182 in their first innings after resuming at 131-5 before Pakistan were dismissed for 186 in their second innings.

Mark Boucher hit 40 not out to take Proteas to a 26-run first innings lead. Dale Steyn took 3-47 in Pakistan’s second innings, dismissing both openers and Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq. Pakistan were only 95 ahead when Inzamam was out but Mohammad Sami and Shahid Nazir put on 55 for the eighth wicket to give their team an outside chance.