Fast bowler Duanne Olivier was almost apologetic for stealing the limelight from record-breaker Dale Steyn after 15 wickets fell on the first day of the first Test between South Africa and Pakistan at Centurion.
Olivier took six for 37 as the hosts bowled out Pakistan out for 181.
"I promise I didn't try to do it," said Olivier when it was suggested he had reduced Steyn's achievement of becoming South Africa's all-time Test wicket-taker almost to a footnote on an action-packed day.
Steyn had Fakhar Zaman caught at second slip in the seventh over of the day to reduce Pakistan to 17 for two. It was his 422nd Test wicket, taking him beyond Shaun Pollock into first place on his own among South African bowlers.
Olivier duly paid tribute to Steyn: "It’s a massive achievement. I'm very happy for him."
It was the first time Olivier had taken five or more wickets in a Test innings and he said the influence of senior bowlers Steyn and Kagiso had played a big part in his success. "You can learn a lot from them. They bring calmness and encourage you to enjoy yourself and express yourself."
Olivier and the other fast bowlers subjected the Pakistan batsmen to a barrage of short-pitched deliveries, with only Babar Azam (71) batting freely against them.
"With teams from the sub-continent you’ll bowl a fair bit of short balls. It was just backing my strengths," Olivier said.
Both Olivier and Afridi felt bowlers could hold sway throughout the match.
"There was a bit of bounce and there are a few cracks which will open up with the heat," said Olivier. The first day was played in scorching heat, with the temperature reaching 39C.
"Our comeback was very good," said Afridi, 18, who is playing in his second Test. "Batting first is very good on this wicket. It is supporting the fast bowlers."
Afridi struck twice with successive deliveries, dismissing Dean Elgar and captain Faf du Plessis as South Africa lost three wickets without a run added to be floundering at 43 for four.
Du Plessis looked suspiciously at the pitch before leaving.
"It was extra bounce," said Afridi.