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CAPE TOWN, Feb 16, 2013 (AFP) – Robin Peterson and Dale Steyn led a South African fightback which left the second Test against Pakistan evenly poised at the end of the third day at Newlands on Saturday.
Pakistan were 100 for three in their second innings at the close, a lead of 112. Peterson hit 84 to enable South Africa to get within 12 runs of Pakistan’s first innings total of 338 and Steyn bowled at blistering pace to take two wickets as Pakistan lost their first three second innings wickets for 45 runs.
At that stage South Africa were slightly on top but Azhar Ali and captain Misbah-ul-Haq shared a largely cautious unbeaten partnership of 55 to see Pakistan through to the close without further loss.
South Africa were hampered by a recurrence of a hamstring injury to Morne Morkel, who left the field after bowling one ball in his second spell.
He had to stop bowling because of the same injury in the first innings as well and seems unlikely to take the ball again in the match.
Peterson led a fighting performance by South Africa’s lower order batsmen as they recovered from an overnight 139 for five to reach 326 all out.
Pakistan’s first innings lead of 12 runs was soon shown to be negligible as Steyn and Vernon Philander both took wickets in their first overs.
Pakistan, first innings, 338
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