Duanne Olivier spearheads Pakistan’s Day 2 collapse

Dale Steyn becomes South Africa’s all-time leading wicket-taker

Dale Steyn becomes South Africa’s all-time leading wicket-taker

South Africa seamer Duanne Olivier took six for 37 as Pakistan were bowled out for 181 on the opening day of the three-match series on Wednesday.

In January this year, Steyn bowled 17.3 overs against India in the first Test before landing awkwardly and picking up an ankle injury.

Olivier's overall match figures are 11/96.

In scenes that were reminiscent of Jacques Kallis maiden Test double century at the same venue the crowd rose as one to salute South Africa's greatest fast bowler as his new ball partner, Kagiso Rabada, lifted him on his shoulders.

In fact it has taken Steyn two years to move from wicket No 417 - David Warner at the WACA in November, 2016 - to No 421, Kusal Mendis, in Colombo in July, 2018.

Pakistan was into the long South African tail, though, with Bavuma the only recognised batsman left.

Pakistan were also sweating on the fitness of some of their players coming into this game, and while it had already been confirmed that Mohammad Abbas and Shadab Khan would not play, Fakhar Zaman has progressed back to fitness and will open the batting with Imam-ul-Haq.

Steyn, who was hoisted on to the shoulders of Kagiso Rabada in celebration, said: "When I was standing there at the top of my mark and everyone was standing up, I nearly had a tear, a lump in my throat because I didn't think it would happen". 'Very pleased. Very happy'.

"He is a true leader of the attack and deserves the record", said Pollock.

He is 11th on the all-time list, which is led by Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan who took 800 Test wickets.

He was still on 15 when he was dropped low down by Hashim Amla at first slip off Dale Steyn. "One can never forget his wonderful all-round performance at Melbourne in 2008 when he took 10 wickets and shared a match-turning partnership with JP Duminy that enabled us to win a Test series in Australia for the first time".

Temba Bavuma (53) and Quinton de Kock (45) were mainly responsible for South Africa squeezing out a 42-run first-innings lead.

Since then he has played just three Tests and equalled the mark set by Pollock.

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