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17-Feb-2013 16:20:00 GMT
South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 4th day

South Africa Clinch Series in Close Win

Cape Town: Despite a magical spell from Saeed Ajmal, who picked up four wickets but South Africa cruised through to a four-wicket victory against Pakistan to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series.

This is South Africa sixth straight Test series win. They were pushed close in this Test but showed the character to bounce back after struggling in the first innings. Peterson's knock helped get them close to Pakistan's score, but the visitors couldn't capitalise as well as they would have liked. There was a turnaround today when the ball was changed after the first drinks break, triggering off a collapse.

At  tea, South Africa were 66 for two.

Pakistan were bowled out for 169 after starting the day on a relatively comfortable 100 for three.

They lost their last six wickets for 22 runs on either side of lunch. At one stage four wickets fell in 13 balls, including three off successive deliveries.

The collapse was engineered by left-arm spinner Robin Peterson and seamer Vernon Philander, who took three wickets each before Dale Steyn finished off the Pakistan innings. Peterson finished with three for 73 and Philander took four for 40.

Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq set it up for Pakistan with their wonderful centuries in first innings

Brief scores
338 (Shafiq 111, Younis 111, Philander 5-59) and 169 (Ali 65, Philander 4-40)
South Africa 326 (Peterson 84, de Villiers 61, Ajmal 6-96) and 182 for 6 (Amla 58, Ajmal 4-51)
Result South Africa won by four wickets
MOM Robin Peterson (South Africa)

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