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Day 3 of 5
South Africa win by an innings and 18 runs

S Africa vs Pakistan

South Africa seal series sweep by thrashing Pakistan at Centurion

South Africa: 3-0 series victory consolidated their world number one status in Tests

Dale Steyn: helped South Africa to innings victory on day three

Dale Steyn claimed 4-80 as South Africa completed a 3-0 series win over Pakistan with victory inside three days at Centurion.

Pakistan, following-on, were bowled out for 235 in their second innings to slump to defeat by an innings and 18 runs.

Resuming at 14-1 on the third morning, Pakistan required a further 239 just to make South Africa bat again.

Younus Khan edged Steyn to slip in the eighth over of the day but that was the only wicket to fall in the morning session as Azhar Ali (27) and Imran Farhat (43) forged a 54-run stand for the third wicket.

Run out

The run out of Ali after Farhat declined to come back for a second run sparked a post-lunch collapse that saw Pakistan reduced from 93-2 to 114-6.

Farhat edged behind off Kyle Abbott (2-39) and Rory Kleinveldt (2-33) dismissed Misbah-ul-Haq (5) and Asad Shafiq (6) in consecutive overs.

Sarfraz Ahmed (40) and Saeed Ajmal (31) extended Pakistan's resistance into the evening session with a 69-run, seventh-wicket partnership.

Steyn removed both in quick succession and Abbott - who claimed 7-29 in Pakistan's first innings of 156 on day two - took his match tally to nine with the wicket of Ehsan Adil (12).

Abbott's match haul of 9-68 is the third best figures by a South African on debut.

Left-arm spinner Robin Peterson (1-32) had the final word, trapping Rahat Ali lbw for 22.

The result was a record 50th Test win as captain for Graeme Smith and consolidates South Africa's position at the top of the International Cricket Council Test rankings. Smith's men have won their last six series and are unbeaten in 15 Tests, a run that dates back to the start of 2012.

Pakistan's tour continues with two Twenty20s followed by a five-match ODI series.

Match Details

Date
22nd - 26th Feb 2013
Toss
South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.
Venue
Supersport Park
Umpires
B F Bowden and S J Davis

pakistan BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Hafeez b Steyn 0
A. Ali run out 27
Khan c Smith b Steyn 11
Farhat c de Villiers b K.J. Abbott 43
M.K. Niazi c de Villiers b Kleinveldt 5
Shafiq c Philander b Kleinveldt 6
Ahmed c Elgar b Steyn 40
Ajmal lbw b Steyn 31
E. Adil c Kleinveldt b K.J. Abbott 12
R. Ali lbw b Peterson 22
Iqbal not out 6
Extras 2nb, 11w, 9b, 10lb 32
Total All Out, 78.0 Overs 235
Full Batting Card

s africa BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Steyn 23 5 80 4
Philander 15 4 32 0
K.J. Abbott 17 7 39 2
Kleinveldt 13 2 33 2
Peterson 10 2 32 1
Full Bowling Card