Hosts finish day two with first-innings lead of 88
Fawad Alam’s hard-fought century has put Pakistan on top in the first Test against South Africa.
The home team finished the day at the score of 308-8, with a first-innings lead of 88 with just two wickets of hand.
Alam, meanwhile, completed his third Test century and first on the home soil as he was dismissed after scoring 108.
All-rounder Faheem Ashraf also made a valuable contribution for the hosts as he scored 64 off 128 balls.
For the visitors, pacers Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi and Keshav Maharaj claimed two wickets each.
Pakistan were 178-6 at tea with the left-handed batsman remained unbeaten at 63 whereas Faheem Ashraf is yet to open his account.
The hosts began the afternoon session at 104-4 with Azhar Ali and Fawad on the crease.
Azhar took four boundaries to reach his fifty. He was caught behind by captain Quinton de Kock on the bowling of Keshav Maharaj.
But Fawad held his nerve and reached his first half-century in Test cricket which included three fours as well.
He put on a 55-run partnership for the sixth-wicket with vice-captain Mohammad Rizwan, who was dismissed for 33 by Lungi Ngidi just at the stroke of tea.
Pakistan were 104-4 at lunch on the second day of the first Test against South Africa in Karachi on Wednesday.
Azhar Ali and Fawad Alam were unbeaten at 38 and 39 respectively. They have pun on an unbeaten partnership of 77.
The hosts trail by 116 runs.
The hosts began the proceedings on their overnight score of 33-4 with Azhar Ali and Fawad Alam at the crease.
Earlier, the Proteas won the toss and elected to bat. They were dismissed for 220 with opening batsman Dean Elgar top-scoring with 58 whereas George Linde chipping in with 35. Kagiso Rabada remained not out at 21.
Yasir Shah picked up three wickets wheras Nauman Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Pakistan had a disastrous start as their top-order failed to get going thanks to Rabada’s two-wicket haul. Anrich Nortje and Keshav Maharaj also took a wicket each.