South Africa fast bowler Duanne Olivier wreaked havoc on the visiting Pakistan side as he bagged 11/96 in the match in his side’s comfortable six-wicket win at Centurion on Friday.Adjudged Player of the Match for his effort, Olivier revealed how he made it count, after being called in as a replacement for the injured Vernon Philander.
“I got good assistance from this wicket. But it’s about trying to be aggressive every ball,” the lanky bowler said after the match.
Asked about his chances in the next Test if Philander comes back, he said, “In the last two months, I’ve tried to take it ball by ball. I can’t control the result, but I can control my intensity and aggression.”
South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis too was happy with the way Olivier bowled in the match and said that this performance will cause some selection headaches for the next Test.
“Olivier was very uncomfortable to face on a wicket like that,” he said. “They (Pakistan) got themselves in a position where we felt we needed wickets. We were talking about restricting them to 250 (in the third innings). In the end it’s an incredible effort from the bowlers. We expect Vernon to come back, but Duanne has posed a nice selection headache for us.”
Meanwhile, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed rued their poor batting performance in the Test.
“We’re very disappointed. We had an opportunity to score some runs but lost too many wickets in the final session,” he said, referring to the second innings. “We have quality bowlers, but just didn’t have the runs on the board. Hopefully (Mohammad) Abbas will be back for the second Test. ”
First Published: December 28, 2018, 7:04 PM IST