PAK vs SA 2nd Test Highlights: Pakistan beat South Africa by 95 runs and seal the series 2-0
PAK - 272 & 298 (Mohammad Rizwan 115* Linde 5/64, Maharaj 3/118)
SA - 201 & 274 (Markram 108, Bavuma 61; Hasan Ali 5/60, Afridi 4/51)
Man of the Match - Hasan Ali
Man of the Series - Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan and Hasan Ali-inspired Pakistan thrashes South Africa by 95 runs in the series-decider final Test played at Rawalpindi and clean sweeps the two-match Test series by 2-0. Chasing a stiff total, the Proteas could only manage 274 on the back of Aiden Markram's scintillating knock of 108 off 243 balls but his first overseas hundred goes in vain. From 241/3, South Africa lost their last seven wickets for just 33 runs, and eventually, the visitors lost the final Test at the hands of Babar Azam and co.
Pakistan and Hasan Ali, in particular, were too good with the new ball and just took a little over 10 overs to wrap up the game. de Kock-led South Africa is being good in patches, their scorecards across all four innings is a clear message. The Proteas need to step it up, though, in the shortest format as Pakistan flies higher after sealing their first Test series win against South Africa since 2003.
A dream captaincy debut for Babar Azam and he's a relieved man as the players head back to the pavilion. Aiden Markram has notched his fifth Test century while Bavuma hits his 15th Test fifty. The duo put a decisive 100+ stand to keep SA alive in the game but after their dismissal, the visitors have never come back in the game. Hasan Ali's twin fifer rattles the African batting lineup.
Hasan Ali has been adjudged 'Player of the Match' for his excellent ten-wicket haul whereas the wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan named as 'Player of the Series' for his top-notched innings in both Tests.
Mohammad Rizwan said after the post-match presentation, ''Thanks to the almighty. I play according to the team plan. Was difficult in conditions like England and New Zealand, but the challenges are different and you have to make a few slight technical adjustments. I have a lot of self belief and I challenge myself in pressure situations.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan's speedsters have been accurate with their line and length. South Africa lost Rassie van der Dussen and Faf du Plessis in the first 30 minutes, but Aiden Markram and Temba Bavuma holding the fort and played some positive cricket. For Pakistan, Hasan Ali was the pick of the PAK bowler as he grabbed twin fifers, in both innings.
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 African batsmen have been played around him and they only managed to score 201.
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.