Mohammad Amir breaks Philander's stump in half  |  Photo Credit: AP
Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir on Saturday produced a sensational moment for cricket fans as he broke Vernon Philander’s leg stump in two pieces after bowling a peach of an inswinger on Day 3 of the second Test match between South Africa and Pakistan, which is being played at the Newlands, Cape Town. Amir is marking a return to the Test squad after a three month hiatus in which he worked on his bowling technique in his home country.
It was in the 121st over of the when a steaming Amir bowled an inswinging ripper, which bamboozled Philander and kissed the thick inside edge to shatter the left peg into two pieces as the stump was sent for a ride by the Pakistani seamer. Philander was left stunned by the delivery and looked back several times as he walked back to the pavillion.
Amir has made a decent comeback to the red ball cricket as he scalped four wickets in the first innings of the opening Test match against South Africa, which was played at the SuperSport Park, Centurion. However, the 26-year-old left arm seamer failed to pick up a single wicket in the second innings and witnessed the hosts win the match by six wickets.
The Pakistan seamer was back among the wickets as he once again picked up four wickets in the first innings of the second Test match and sent Philander’s left stump for a cartwheel ride before it broke into two.
Meanwhile, South Africa posted a total of 431 runs in the first innings of the second Test after Pakistan were bundled out for 177 courtesy a lethal spell by Dale Steyn and Duanne Olivier who picked up three and four wickets respectively.
The hosts South Africa lead the three-match Test series 1-0 after winning the opening Test by 6 wickets as Duanne Olivier was named the Man of the Match for picking up 11 wickets in the match.