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Babar, Fawad anchor Pakistan in second South Africa Test

Hosts were 145-3 at stumps on day one in Rawalpindi

SAMAA | - Posted: Feb 4, 2021 | Last Updated: 12 months ago
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Posted: Feb 4, 2021 | Last Updated: 12 months ago

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Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and Fawad Alam shared honours on the opening day of the second Test match against South Africa in Rawalpindi on Thursday. The Green Caps could not resume the afternoon session as rain had the last laugh and no play was possible after Tea. The home team were 145-3 with Babar and Fawad unbeaten on 77 and 43 respectively. Tea Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and Fawad Alam put on crucial batting performances to recover the side in the second Test against South Africa in Rawalpindi. The Green Caps began the afternoon session at 63-3 with Babar and Fawad unbeaten at 24 and 16 respectively. Pakistan skipper, which put on a disappointing performance in the series opener in Karachi, went on to score an unbeaten half-century. The left-handed batsman, who played a match-winning role in the first Test, also played a crucial knock. The hosts were 145 for 3 at tea on day one. Lunch Pakistan were on the ropes in the second Test against South Africa as they were 63-3 at lunch on the opening day in Rawalpindi. Skipper Babar Azam and Fawad Alam were at crease on 24 and 16 respectively. Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj provided the breakthroughs as he removed opener Imran Butt who was caught behind by Proteas skipper Quinton de Kock for 15. His opening partner Abid Ali's form did not improve as pacer Anrich Nortje had the right-hander caught by Aiden Markram for six. The spinner bagged his second wicket in the opening session by trapping Azhar Ali leg-before for nought. Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat. Green Caps, who lead the two-match series 1-0, headed into the fixture on the back of a seven-wicket win in Karachi. Pakistan did not make any changes to their side. South Africa, on the other hand, replaced Lungi Ngidi with Wiaan Mulder. Teams: Pakistan XI: Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (captain), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Faheem Ashraf, Yasir Shah, Nauman Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali. South Africa XI: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (captain and wicketkeeper), Wiaan Mulder, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Keshav Maharaj. Follow Samaa Sports on Facebook and Twitter.
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Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and Fawad Alam shared honours on the opening day of the second Test match against South Africa in Rawalpindi on Thursday.

The Green Caps could not resume the afternoon session as rain had the last laugh and no play was possible after Tea.

The home team were 145-3 with Babar and Fawad unbeaten on 77 and 43 respectively.

Tea

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and Fawad Alam put on crucial batting performances to recover the side in the second Test against South Africa in Rawalpindi.

The Green Caps began the afternoon session at 63-3 with Babar and Fawad unbeaten at 24 and 16 respectively.

Pakistan skipper, which put on a disappointing performance in the series opener in Karachi, went on to score an unbeaten half-century.

The left-handed batsman, who played a match-winning role in the first Test, also played a crucial knock.

The hosts were 145 for 3 at tea on day one.

Lunch

Pakistan were on the ropes in the second Test against South Africa as they were 63-3 at lunch on the opening day in Rawalpindi.

Skipper Babar Azam and Fawad Alam were at crease on 24 and 16 respectively.

Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj provided the breakthroughs as he removed opener Imran Butt who was caught behind by Proteas skipper Quinton de Kock for 15.

His opening partner Abid Ali’s form did not improve as pacer Anrich Nortje had the right-hander caught by Aiden Markram for six.

The spinner bagged his second wicket in the opening session by trapping Azhar Ali leg-before for nought.

Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat.

Green Caps, who lead the two-match series 1-0, headed into the fixture on the back of a seven-wicket win in Karachi.

Pakistan did not make any changes to their side. South Africa, on the other hand, replaced Lungi Ngidi with Wiaan Mulder.

Teams:

Pakistan XI: Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (captain), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Faheem Ashraf, Yasir Shah, Nauman Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali.

South Africa XI: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (captain and wicketkeeper), Wiaan Mulder, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Keshav Maharaj.

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