Pakistan has won the first test against South Africa by seven wickets and taken 1-0 unassailable lead in 2 match test series.
Fawad Alam who came at number four hit the winning runs for the team at National Stadium in Karachi. Fawad Alam played a vital part in the game scoring a brilliant 109 in Pakistan’s first innings.
The Proteas side fell miserably in the spin trap laid by Pakistan on Day 4 of the first test. The visitors resumed play on 187/4 and things immediately got worse when Hasan Ali bowled night-watchman Maharaj with the first delivery of the day.
Moreover, the debutant Nauman Ali and Yasir Shah shared nine wickets to dismiss South Africa for 245 in the second innings and setting up an easy target of 88 runs. South Africa struggled against the spinners, adding just 58 runs for the loss of six wickets.
Chasing a target of 88 runs, South Africa’s Anrich Nortje took two quick wickets but Azhar Ali (31*) and Babar Azam (30) ensured that their team pursuits down the target without any final moment drama.
Collapses for South Africa and a resilient lower-order batting performance from Pakistan decided this result. South Africa have now lost 9 off their last 10 matches in Asia.
Earlier today the 34-year old off-spinner Nauman Ali also became the star performer in the first test as he registered figures of 5-35 in the second innings.
The debutant finished the match with figures of 7-73, which was the eighth-best figure by a Pakistan bowler on his debut in Test cricket.
Ali also became the 12th bowler in Pakistan’s Test cricket history to register a five-wicket haul in the first match.
South Africa had won the toss and opted to bat first. They started their first innings on a positive note but lost the plot and were bowled out for 220.
Dean Elgar was the highest scorer for the visitors with 58 in that innings. George Linde and Kagiso Rabada helped them cross 200. Yasir Shah and Nauman Ali bowled well for Pakistan in that innings. Pakistan scored 378 runs in first innings.
Pakistan Fall of Wickets
22/1 (A_ Ali. 7.1 ov) 23/2 (I. Butt. 7.6 ov) 86/3 (B. Azam. 22.1 ov)
South Africa: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock (c, wk), Temba Bavuma, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi.
Pakistan: Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (c), Shaheen Afridi, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Faheem Ashraf, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Nauman Ali.
Second match will be played at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium starting from February 4th.