South Africa’s fast bowlers were set to take their team to another series victory as Pakistan showed signs of crumbling on a contentious Newlands pitch at the start of Day 3 of the second test on Saturday.

South Africa was 431 all out, after resuming on 382-6 and extending its first-innings lead to 254, before removing two Pakistan batsmen to send the tourists to 37-2 in their second innings at lunch.

Pakistan was still 217 runs behind and needs to make its highest score of the series just to make South Africa bat again.

Dale Steyn removed Imam-ul-Haq in the fourth over for six and Kagiso Rabada had Azhar Ali lbw for six with the quick bowler’s first delivery of the innings.

That dismissal was the result of an unpredictable low bounce off the Newlands surface, which was criticized on Day 2 by Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur as weighted too far in favor of the quick bowlers and not good enough for test cricket.

Pakistan scored 177 in its first innings.

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South Africa players celebrate the wicket of Pakistan's Azhar Ali on day three of the second cricket test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)
South Africa players celebrate the wicket of Pakistan’s Azhar Ali on day three of the second cricket test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)
Pakistani opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq kicks off the Pakistan second inning on day three of the second cricket test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)
Pakistani opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq kicks off the Pakistan second inning on day three of the second cricket test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)
South African batsman Dale Steyn plays a shot on day three of the second cricket test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)
South African batsman Dale Steyn plays a shot on day three of the second cricket test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)
South African batsman Kagiso Rabada, right, leaves the crease after he was bowled by Mohammad Amir on day three of the second cricket test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)
South African batsman Kagiso Rabada, right, leaves the crease after he was bowled by Mohammad Amir on day three of the second cricket test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)
South African batsman Dale Steyn smashes the ball for four on day three of the second cricket test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)
South African batsman Dale Steyn smashes the ball for four on day three of the second cricket test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)
South African batsman Dale Steyn swings wildly at the ball on day three of the second cricket test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)
South African batsman Dale Steyn swings wildly at the ball on day three of the second cricket test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)
South African batsman Vernon Philander watches as his wicket is split in two after he was bowled out by Mohammad Amir on day three of the second cricket test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)
South African batsman Vernon Philander watches as his wicket is split in two after he was bowled out by Mohammad Amir on day three of the second cricket test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

Source: The Associated Press

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