Pakistan vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Pakistan In Command Despite Anrich Nortje’s Five-Wicket Haul On Day 2


Pakistan took 4 early South African wickets to dominate the second Test in Rawalpindi on Friday, regardless of a five-wicket haul by touring quick bowler Anrich Nortje. South Africa had been in hassle at 106-4 after the second day’s play on a difficult Rawalpindi stadium pitch, trailing Pakistan’s first innings complete of 272 by 166 runs. At shut, South African skipper Quinton de Kock was on a breezy 24 with 5 boundaries and Temba Bavuma — surviving two shut appeals — was unbeaten on 15, after Pakistan’s medium pacer Hasan Ali took two wickets off two balls.

Hasan had opener Dean Elgar caught behind for 15 with the fifth supply of his third over, and on the subsequent ball bowled Rassie van der Dussen for a duck within the final over earlier than tea.

Senior batsman and former skipper Faf du Plessis, who failed within the first Test in Karachi with scores of 23 and 10, managed 17 earlier than he was caught behind off pacer Faheem Ashraf, enjoying a free shot.

Four overs earlier than shut, opener Aiden Markram’s combating 60-ball 32 ended when he top-edged spinner Nauman Ali to Shaheen Shah Afridi at mid-wicket, leaving South Africa tottering at 81-4.

Ashraf mentioned the primary innings complete was essential.

“It’s important to score as much runs as possible in the first innings and that’s why I hung in,” mentioned Ashraf. 

“The pitch is good for batting but if bowlers try hard they get wickets as well.”

Earlier, Nortje grabbed his third five-wicket haul with 5-56 to limit Pakistan’s complete.

The 27-year-old took the prized wicket of Babar Azam off the second ball of the day, earlier than wrapping Pakistan’s innings half an hour earlier than tea.

Nortje bowled with fireplace and aggression on a flat, brownish pitch which was suited extra to spin.

Keshav Maharaj completed with 3-90.

Despite South Africa’s managed bowling, allrounder Ashraf performed a knock of 78 not out studded with 12 hits to the boundary — his fourth Test half-century.

Pakistan had seemed to Azam and Fawad Alam to construct on their partnership of 123, after rain lower quick the primary day to 58 overs.

Azam slashed at a brief supply from Nortje and was neatly snapped head excessive by du Plessis, within the second slip for his in a single day rating of 77.

Azam’s dismissal was the beginning of a mini-collapse which noticed Pakistan lose two wickets within the house of 34 balls, with the addition of simply 4 runs after resuming at 145-3.

The different in a single day batsman Alam was run out after he tried to steal a fast single with a push to cowl, however did not beat a direct throw from Bavuma on the non-striker’s finish.

Alam might solely add three to his in a single day rating of 42.

Azam, who was wanting set for his sixth Test century, had hit 12 boundaries off 127 balls.

Ashraf then added 41 with Rizwan however as soon as South Africa took the second new ball Nortje struck once more, having Rizwan caught off a miscued hook for 18.

Nortje mentioned he used the bounce with the more durable ball.

“I really enjoyed today,” mentioned Nortje. 


“Getting wickets and performance in the sub-continent means a lot. Hopefully, I will grow as a fast bowler.”

Pakistan lead the two-match sequence 1-0.

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