Quinton de Kock scored his fourth Test century to help the Proteas set Pakistan 381 for victory in the third Test at Wanderers, writes KHALID MOHIDIN.
The first session was dominated by the Proteas, who added over 100 runs to their overnight lead of 212.
Hashim Amla played a superbly measured knock of 71 off 144 balls before losing his scalp to a splendid Hasan Ali delivery.
This allowed De Kock to play his free-flowing game as the pair shared a 102 run stand.
De Kock continued to bat superbly. He converted his 15th half-century into a fourth Test century.
His last century in Cape Town came against Sri Lanka, a total of 40 innings ago on 2 January 2017, and his teammates and the crowd expressed their delight about his breaking that two-year ton drought.
💯 HUNDRED UP FOR QUINTON DE KOCK!
It’s been a stylish knock from the wicketkeeper and he’s picked up his fourth test century 👏👏
— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) January 13, 2019
De Kock continued to add insult to injury as he punished the Pakistan bowlers. After reaching his ton off 121 balls with 15 fours, De Kock added three more fours and a six before he lost his wicket after equalling his career-best Test score.
Rabada lost his wicket shortly after, having contributed 21 runs (three fours), and Pakistan wrapped up the Proteas for 303.
South Africa 262 (first innings) – Aiden Markram (90), Theunis de Bruyn (48); Faheem Ashraf (3-57), Mohammad Amir (2-36)
Pakistan 185 (first innings)– Sarfraz Ahmed (50), Babar Azam (49), Imam-ul-Haq (43); Duanne Olivier (5-51), Vernon Philander (3-43)
South Africa 303(second innings) – Quinton de Kock (129) Hashim Amla (71); Shadab Khan (41), Faheem Ashraf (3-42)
Proteas lead by 380 runs
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