Stand-in South Africa captain Dean Elgar was full of praise on his bowlers after they secured a 107-run win in the third and final Test against Pakistan to complete a 3-0 clean sweep on Monday (January 14).
The hosts bundled the tourists out for 273 as they fell 107 runs short for in their target of 381 to win the in the third and final Test in Johannesburg, eventually, Pakistan lost all of their three Tests on the rainbow nation and South Africa jumped into the second position in the Test rankings.
In Johannesburg, Pakistan looked in good position with 153/3 at the end of day three, but Proteas pace attack led by Duanne Olivier, who was the architect of Pakistan’s downfall throughout the series, turned the thing in favor of the hosts, as they picked up all seven wickets for 120 runs in a session to win the final Test and completed a 3-0 clean sweep on Monday.
And Elgar lavished praise on South African pace attack including Olivier, Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, and Kagiso Rabada, saying they are very fortunate to have that arsenal of four fast bowlers.
Elgar told reporters after the match, “We know they are a good team. We are very fortunate to have that arsenal of four fast bowlers.”
Meanwhile, South Africa has another reason to celebrate, as they moved up to the second spot in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings following their series win against Pakistan, and Elgar said they are looking to achieve the same against Sri Lanka who they play next month.
He signed off by saying, “Three-nil is what we asked from the guys, and we have achieved that. We are halfway to our goals for the season. We want to achieve the same feat against Sri Lanka.”
(With International Cricket Council Inputs)