SA claim comprehensive six wickets win over Pakistan inside three days

Dale Steyn becomes South Africa’s all-time leading wicket-taker

Dale Steyn breaks record, South Africa edges first day against Pakistan

Dale Steyn on Wednesday surpassed the South African greats to become the all-time leading Test wicket-taker plucking Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman's scalp on the first day of the Boxing Day at SuperSport Park.

The Proteas came into the third and final day needing 149 runs and they crossed the finish line before tea on 151/4 after 50.4 overs‚ even though they nearly made a mess of things with the loss of three quick wickets towards the end. Steyn had to help out with the bat, too, and was 13 not out as South Africa went to stumps on 127-5 - 54 runs behind with five wickets in hand.

Earlier in the day, Temba Bavuma's half-century and Quinton de Kock's quickfire 45 had given the hosts a crucial 42-run advantage.

This was an important team victory for the Proteas but there were a number of players who achieved significant personal milestones.

Proteas quick Duanne Oliver caused the most damage in a bowler-dominated first Test, bagging match figures of 11-96 having come into the side for the injured Vernon Philander - a man Du Plessis expects to be fit for Cape Town.

A target in excess of 200 has traditionally proved a challenge in the fourth innings at SuperSport Park and the result is still not guaranteed, especially on a pitch where the fast bowlers have been dominant over the first two days and the game has raced toward a conclusion, which will likely come well inside three days.

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But coach Ottis Gibson will be slightly concerned with the poor form of opener Aiden Markram and captain Du Plessis.

Mickey Arthur, the Pakistan coach, has received one demerit point and an official warning for a code of conduct violation in relation to "showing dissent at an umpire's decision during an worldwide match", the ICC stated on Friday (December 28).

Their shining lights with the bat were Babar Azam‚ 71 in the first innings‚ and Shan Masood and Imam-ul-Haq‚ who scored 65 and 57 respectively in the second innings.

Muhammad Amir (4-62), Shaheen Shah Afridi (4-64) and Hasan Ali (2-70) were all among the wickets on a pitch that offered dangerously uneven pace and bounce.

But their captain Sarfraz Ahmed is yet to get off the mark after two golden ducks.

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