The aggressive batting of Aidan Markram and Racy van der Dussen brought alive the hopes of winning the second Test match against Pakistan (Pakistan vs South Africa 2nd Test). Pakistan gave South Africa a target of 370 runs to win and the visiting team scored 127 runs for one wicket on Sunday on the fourth day.
Markram and Dussen Frozen
Both Markram (59 *) and Van der Dussen (48 *) were at the crease by the end of the day’s play. Both have so far shared 94 runs for the second wicket. South Africa, who lost the first Test by seven wickets, have not lost the series against Pakistan for 18 years. He has kept alive the hopes of bringing this series on par. He needs 243 more runs to win on the final day’s batting-friendly pitch.
See, scorecard – Pakistan vs South Africa, 2nd Test @ Rawalpindi
Pakistan gave a target of 370 runs
Earlier, wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan scored his first unbeaten century of his career and shared a record ninth wicket partnership with Nauman Ali, which helped Pakistan to 298 runs in the second innings. Rizwan scored an unbeaten 115 in 204 balls with the help of 15 fours. South Africa scored 201 runs in the first innings while Pakistan scored 272 runs.
Chasing the target, South Africa had a poor start and lost 37 for one to tea, losing the wicket of Dean Elgar (17). Elgar put a catch behind the wicket off fast bowler Shaheen Afridi. Markram and Van der Dussen hit 17 fours in the final session, targeting spinner Nauman and two Pakistan fast bowlers Hasan Ali and Faheem Ashraf.
Markram opened the account in 22 balls
Markram faced 22 balls to open the account but opened the shot after coming into the rhythm. After opening the account, he completed the half-century with the help of eight fours and two sixes in the next 49 balls. Van der Dusen also hit good drives and pull shots and has hit eight fours in his innings so far.
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Pakistan started the day earlier by 129 runs for six wickets and their lead was 200 runs at that time. Rizwan got good support from the lower order which also contributed to South Africa’s poor fielding. Yasir Shah took 23 runs to take advantage of two lives. He added 53 runs with Rizwan before being dismissed by George Linde.
Record partnership of Nauman and Rizwan
Nauman then troubled the South African bowlers for 25 overs. Nauman made a record 97-run partnership with Rizwan apart from scoring an innings of 45 off 78 balls. Nauman hit six fours and two sixes in his innings. The record for Pakistan’s ninth wicket partnership against South Africa was preceded by Azhar Mehmood and Shoaib Akhtar, who shared an 80-run partnership in 1998 in Durban.
Rizwan’s first Test century
Rizwan completed his half-century off 113 balls before lunch and then scored a century off 185 balls with a single off Linde. Rizwan started the day off the first ball of fast bowler Enrique Nortje with a four on the cover drive. He played sweeps and drives against the spinners making good use of the moves.
George Linde’s ‘Punch’
Nauman, who made his debut in the first Test at the age of 34, was caught at midwicket off Kagiso Rabada (two for 34), missing his first half-century. Playing his third Test, left arm spinner George Linde took five wickets for 64 runs while Keshav Maharaj took three wickets for 118 runs.