Pakistan is ahead even after the batting disaster(Updated)
In the Rawalpindi Test, only the dominant bowlers are showing. And the battle between the two teams is at a different end. The run is coming in the top order for South Africa, while Pakistan’s main hope is the late order! Today, even on the third day, that late order saved Pakistan’s face.
Mohammad Rizwan and Fahim Ashraf continued to fight even after all the main batsmen returned. Thanks to these two, South Africa’s dream of returning to the match has been shattered. Pakistan finished the third day with 6 wickets. The hosts are leading by 200 runs in the first innings. The performance of the South African batsmen in the series should be enough to win. The Proteas were bowled out for 201 in the first innings of the ongoing Test.
The ball is coming down on the wicket. South African bowlers are also trying to fight to the last point. So no run was scored in the first 25 balls of Pakistan innings. Instead, Imran Butt was out in the 25th ball. The rest of the time, however, the Proteas spinners showed dominance. At first, Keshab Maharaj spread panic in the top order. Later, George Linde collapsed Pakistan’s middle order.
Rabadar said that after Butt’s dismissal, there were no more wickets. The Maharaja came and first bid farewell to Abid Ali. Babar Azam also left before he was ready. Linde also picked up two heroes of the first Test of the series, Azhar Ali and Fawad Alam. Pakistan lost 5 wickets for 76 runs. The 71-run lead in the first innings seemed very low then.
Rizwan and Ashraf, who played a great inning in the first innings, stood out. Both of them brought valuable 52 runs. In the over before the end of the day’s play, Ashraf (29) returned with Lind’s ball but Rizwan remained. The wicketkeeper will take the field tomorrow to increase the lead of the team as far as possible. Hasan Ali is with unbeaten Rizwan for 28 runs.
At the beginning of the day, this Hasan Ali was the hero. South Africa started the day with 106 runs for 4 wickets. Shahin Shah Afridi returned captain Quinton de Kock in the beginning. Mulder and Bavuma handled the 50-run stand. But Mulder’s run out for 33 runs started the defeat of the visitors. Temba Bavuma (44 *) stood at one end and Hasan Ali took the wicket at the other end. South Africa lost the last 5 wickets for 37 runs. The pacer got 5 wickets for 54 runs.
Pakistan: 272 and 129/6 (Azhar 33, Ashraf 29, Rizwan 28 *; Linde 12/3, Maharaj 74/2)
South Africa First Innings: 201 (Bavuma 44 *, Mulder 33, Markram 32; Hasan 54/5, Ashraf 20/1)