CAPE TOWN — A half-century from Hashim Amla secured a four-wicket victory for South Africa in the second cricket Test against Pakistan at Newlands in Cape Town yesterday.
Winning the match with a day to spare, to secure the three-match series, Dean Elgar hit the winning runs and was unbeaten on 11 with Robin Peterson on one.
South Africa secured their sixth test series win in a row. It was also captain Graeme Smith’s longest winning streak with five consecutive victories.
Amla reached his 26th half-century off 87 deliveries and shared a 62-run partnership with AB de Villiers. Trying to repeat his aggressive shot from the previous ball, Amla missed an attempted sweep and was bowled by spin wizard Saeed Ajmal for 58.
De Villiers faced 45 deliveries for his 36 runs and, after playing well, went after a wider delivery, giving an outside edge to the keeper.
Smith and Amla had shared a 53-run second-wicket stand, off 72 balls, and were just starting to motor when the skipper, attempting the sweep, was trapped by Ajmal for 29.
After a poor third umpire’s decision saw him go out cheaply in the first innings, Jacques Kallis (21) was quick to review his wicket, but technology was unable to save him as the pitch map showed the Ajmal delivery was crashing into middle and leg stump.
Ajmal took four for 51 and returned match figures of 10 for 147. Peterson’s defiant 84 in the first innings and five wickets in the test earned him the Man of the Match accolade.