After bundling out South Africa for 220 on Day of the Karachi Test, hosts Pakistan lost 4 quick wickets, including that of captain Babar Azam in the final session on Tuesday.
Pakistan lost 4 wickets for 33 runs in final session of Day 1 (AP Image)
- Pakistan bowling unit made a combined effort to bowl out South Africa for 220
- In reply, Pakistan lost 4 wickets, including Babar Azam’s for 33 runs
- South African cricket team is touring Pakistan after a gap of 13 years
Pakistan could well have ended Day 1 of the Karachi Test match on a high after bundling out South Africa for 220 runs on Day 1 of the Karachi Test on Tuesday but pacers Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and spinner Keshav Maharaj struck in the final session to bring their team right back in the contest.
Rabada removed both the Pakistan openers, while Maharaj inflicted the biggest damage by removing Pakistan captain Babar Azam (7) in the third last over of the day. Shaheen Afridi walked in as nightwatchman but Nortje castled his stumps to halt his innings of 4-ball duck. With Pakistan’s scorecard reading 33/4, they are trailing South Africa by 187 runs.
At the time of stumps former captain Azhar Ali (5*) and Fawad Alam (5*) were on the crease.
Earlier, South Africa cricket team returned to Pakistan after a gap of 13 years and won the toss before opting to bat first on Tuesday. The Proteas got off to a brisk start and accumulated 30 runs inside 5 overs but it was then that left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi dismissed Aiden Markram, who hit 3 boundaries for his 16-ball 13.
Experienced Dean Elgar carried on his good form from the Sri Lanka series and partnered for 33 runs with Rassie Van Der Dussen but a sharp fielding effort by Babar Azam sent the latter packing for 17. Former Proteas captain Faf du Plessis was the next batsman to walk in Karachi’s National Stadium. The duo took South Africa’s total past 100 but for the third time in the day Pakistan succeeded in breaking a budding partnership.
Du Plessis fell prey to Yasir Shah. Captain Quinton de Kock (15) was the next to depart and was followed by Dean Elgar, South Africa’s highest run-scorer with 58 runs in the first innings. Spinner Nauman Ali got their in consecutive overs. At 136 for 5, the visitors were looking in grave trouble but all-rounder George Linde (35) and Kagiso Rabada (21*) added some run before the team got bundled out for 220.