Pakistan won the second and final test match of the series against South Africa by 95 runs. This is Pakistan’s first series win against SA in 18 years.
The second Test in Rawalpindi was another excellent advertisement for Test cricket as Pakistan claimed victory to secure the series 2-0
South Africa looked in pole position to actually win this Test when the new ball was taken at 241 for 3. But then the new-ball magic from Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi rocked South Africa with the swing and turned tables after lunch.
Spinner Yasir Shah took the last wicket and sealed win against visitors. South Africa lost 7 for 33 runs after the new ball.
Career-best figures for Hasan Ali
Pacer Hasan Ali took career-best figures of 10-114 in the match as South Africa lost their last seven wickets for the addition of only 33 runs on their return to Pakistan for the first time since 2007.
Receiving Man of the match award, Hasan Ali said, “It was an important series since I was making a comeback, it’s a dream for any player. Best thing was my team won the series with my performance. Mix of all aspects like confidence, line-length, and fitness all played crucial role. I’ve become fitter and it’s there for all to see. First-class cricket helped, nine games back to back. When you play domestic cricket you learn a lot. I got my rhythm from the domestic cricket.”
Player of the series award
The player of the series award was given to Mohammad Rizwan. He said, “Basically when team planning happens and you do it well, then everything becomes easy. I got such plans from management, and tried to deliver. Wicketkeeping in Pakistan is difficult but the drills in practice helped me. In NZ you need to expect high balls, here low balls, so I practiced hard at this.”
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Losing captain Quinton de Kock said, “The first-innings deficit did play a big part. We lost the big moments in the game and that cost us. It’s quite special to see Linde to come through after dislocating his finger. Showed big heart. It’s painful at the moment, disappointment at losing. When we get back home, we’ll have to look at our performances and improve on the way forward. Aiden had a question mark in the subcontinent. But the way he batted in the last two Test matches showed his fight, the pride he has in his performances.”
Fall of wickets:
1-33 (Dean Elgar, 8.2 ov), 2-127 (Rassie van der Dussen, 41.3 ov), 3-135 (Faf du Plessis, 45.5 ov), 4-241 (Aiden Markram, 81.1 ov), 5-241 (Quinton de Kock, 81.2 ov), 6-253 (Temba Bavuma, 86.5 ov), 7-258 (George Linde, 87.6 ov), 8-268 (Keshav Maharaj, 90.1 ov), 9-268 (Kagiso Rabada, 90.3 ov), 10-274 (Wiaan Mulder, 91.4 ov)
Pakistan Test squad:
Babar Azam (C), Abid Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Kamran Ghulam, Salman Ali Agha, Saud Shakeel, Sajid Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Nauman Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Tabish Khan.
South Africa squad:
Quinton de Kock (C), Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Anrich Nortje, Wiaan Mulder, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Kyle Verreynne, Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde, Daryn Dupavillon, Marco Jansen.