Paceman Mohammad Abbas gave Pakistan a breakthrough by removing South African stand-in captain Dean Elgar in the opening minutes after the hosts won the toss and elected to bat in the third and final Test at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday.
South Africa vs Pakistan 3rd Test Day 1 Live Cricket Score, SA vs PAK Live Score: Pakistan stand at the same stage that India did a year ago - having lost the Test series 2-0 and looking to avoid a whitewash.
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South African batsman Aiden Markram raises his bat as he celebrates after scoring a half century.
Hashim Amla was content to play a supporting role and made 22 not out in a partnership which was worth 102 at lunch. The return to fitness of Shadab Khan has meant two allrounders coming into the team where there were none: Faheem Ashraf and Shadab taking over from the misfiring Fakhar Zaman and Yasin Shah.
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The rest of the team should remain unchanged unless the selectors decide to rest one or two players and their bowlers may be candidates to make way with Keshav Maharaj available to come in but given the changes in the batting order and the dominance their pace bowlers have over Pakistan, they may go unchanged there.
Proteas: Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar (c), Hashim Amla, Theunis de Bruyn, Zubayr Hamza, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier.
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