Fast bowler Duanne Olivier converted success in the Mzansi Super League to a maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket as day one of South Africa’s series opener against Pakistan ebbed and flowed at SuperSport Park in Centurion.
Wednesday started with fast bowler Dale Steyn surpassing former seamer Shaun Pollock as South Africa’s leading wicket-taker in the longest format of the international game. Olivier then claimed telling figures of six for 37 alongside pace ace Kagiso Rabada’s complementary three for 59, leaving the hosts all out for 181.
‘For me it’s just about contributing towards the team’s success. If you look at my T20 campaign, I bowled similar lengths and lines – it’s just about the mindset. I don’t think too far ahead and I am very happy if I get an opportunity to play – just take it day by day,’ said Olivier, who was the top wicket-taker in the inaugural MSL – and gained selection for this match in the absence of the injured Lungi Ngidi and Vernon Philander.
‘I was disappointed in the first two overs as I gave width to the batsmen. For me it’s just about committing 100%. I think the way Dale and Kagiso bowled, it allowed to me to bowl to my strengths and bowl those short balls.’
The Proteas’ reply reached 127 for five at the close of play, with batsman Temba Bavuma and nightwatchman Steyn unbeaten on 38 and 13 respectively.
‘With 15 wickets on day one, the game has moved quickly forward. There were a few balls that were staying low, and I think with the heat factor that’ll come into play later in the game as well,’ added Olivier.