PAK vs SA 1st Test: Pakistan will need 66 more to take lead in 2-match Test series

PAK vs SA 1st Test: Pakistan has to go for wickets and they kept pounding away on the hard length with the new ball, but both PAK batters Imran Butt and Abid Ali were up to the task. They will need just 66 to take lead in the series.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Jan 29, 2021 13:50 IST
PAK vs SA 1st Test: Pakistan will need 66 more to take lead in 2-match Test series
Nauman and Hasan Ali restrict Proteas to 245 in 2nd innings

PAK vs SA 1st Test: Pakistan is battling with South Africa (PAK vs SA) in the first Test at Karachi National Stadium in Karachi. The hosts started the day needing six wickets and have quickly wrapped up the South African innings. Bavuma and Linde showed some fight as the duo added 42 runs for the seventh wicket, but that too was broken by some sharp fielding by Imran Butt. Now, Babar Azam-inspired Pakistan will need 66 more to go 1-0 up in the series.

The tourists have to go for wickets and they kept pounding away on the hard length with the new ball, but both PAK batters Imran Butt and Abid Ali were up to the task. The pair did not play one false stroke in that mini-session and respected the Proteas bowling attack led by Nortje and Rabada.

Hasan Ali struck with the first ball of the day, sending back Keshav Maharaj and Yasir got the all-important wicket of South Africa skipper Quinton de Kock soon after. Bavuma was the last man dismissed as South Africa have been bowled out for 245 in their second innings.

Nauman Ali bagged his maiden five-wicket haul and becomes the 12th Pakistan player to take a fifer on Test debut. Nauman was the pick of the PAK bowlers today as he ran through the South African lower-order but it was set up by Yasir Shah who picked up 4 crucial top-order wickets.

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South Africa resumes 187 for 4 on Day 4, claimed a lead of 29 on the third day but Pakistan bounced back with some late wickets. After a stand of 127 between Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram, South Africa suffered a mini-collapse losing three wickets in quick succession in the Karachi Test. 

Aiden Markram (74) was the top-run scorer from the visitors' side while van der Dussen also notched a stellar fifty to propel SA to a fighting total. Meanwhile, South Africa pacemen Kagiso Rabada has become the fourth-youngest bowler ever to reach 200 Test wickets.