Pakistan vs South Africa (PAK vs SA) 2nd Test: Pakistan and South Africa are taking each other in the second Test at Rawalpindi. Opener Aiden Markram departs just after playing a stellar knock (108 off 243) studded with 13 fours and three maximum. However, the visitors lost two early wickets in the session, but centurion Markram and Bavuma put a decent 100+ stand to keep South Africa alive in the match. Notably, we have witnessed quite a few thrilling Test matches this year, another one on the cards.
South African skipper Quinton de Kock's departs for a golden duck and with this, his horror tour with the bat is over. The Proteas are 264 for seven now and still needs over 100 runs to level the two-match series. Hasan Ali has bowled exceptionally so far and chipped the Ten-wicket haul, five in both innings.
The tourists lost van der Dussen and du Plessis in the first half-an-hour, but since then, Markram and Bavuma holding the fort and looked calm and composed. Aiden Markram has notched his 5th Test ton while Bavuma amassed his 15th Test half-century and giving him good company to propel the visitors en route towards PAK's set target.
It's slipping away from South Africa.— ICC (@ICC) February 8, 2021
Pakistan have reduced them to 258/7, with Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi taking wickets in consecutive overs.
Pakistan need three more wickets to win 👀#PAKvSA ➡️ https://t.co/dHR9CvAE8T pic.twitter.com/fQI8RtL0oz
Lunch in Rawalpindi 🍲— ICC (@ICC) February 8, 2021
There were two early wickets in the session, but Markram and Bavuma put on an unbroken 84-run stand to keep South Africa in the game. #PAKvSA ➡️ https://t.co/dHR9CvAE8T pic.twitter.com/3pIKeVDl6k
Earlier in the day, Pakistan's speedsters have been accurate with their line and length. Yasir Shah, apart from a couple of sharp rippers, has just not hit his lengths though as inexperienced Nauman Ali did. Credit goes to South African batters who guide them towards the given target.
Moreover, the hosts restricted South Africa for 201 in their first innings. Temba Bavuma was the top-run getters for the tourists as he remains unbeaten on 44. No other SA batsmen have been played around him and they only managed to reach the 200-run mark. For Pakistan, Hasan Ali was the pick of their bowler and took 5/54.
Opted to bat first, Pakistan were all-out for 272 in their first innings. The Proteas speedsters were bowled beautifully especially Anrich Nortje, who has been phenomenal and took another five-wicket haul. Maharaj also picked three wickets as well.