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Pakistan vs South Africa Match Highlights, 1st Test (3rd Day): Protea batsmen seem to be shaky despite having a solid start

At the end of the second day, Pakistan lost 8 wickets for 308 runs and started the third day by 88 runs ahead of the Proteas. It was a burning question in the morning how fast the Proteas bowlers will cut the batting line-up of the hosts. But Nauman Ali and Yasir Shah have hurt the South African bowlers. In the second over after resumption of the play, Hasan Ali was bowled by Rabada for 21 off 33 balls. Protea bowler Kagiso Rabada touched the milestone of 200 Test wickets by taking this wicket. Then Yasir Shah came to the crease and tied the knot with Nauman Ali. 

The hosts were able to manage a healthy lead of 178 runs by dint of a big partnership of 55 off 63 balls on the last wicket. Nauman Ali made 24 runs off 49 balls and returned to the dressing room being lbw off Maharaj’s ball and Yasir Shah ended the innings unbeaten on 38 off 37 balls. At the end of the 1st innings, the hosts collected 378 runs on the last wicket.

South African opener Aiden Markram started the second innings with a four off the first ball off Pakistani bowler Shaheen Afridi. After that, the Proteas went to lunch with 37 runs without losing any wicket.

Returning from the break, African opener Dean Elgar lost his wicket off Yasir Shah. The batsman left the field with 29 runs off 45 balls. Then van der Dussen came on the wicket. Without losing a wicket in the next 10 overs, South Africa went to drinks break with 64 runs on their board.

Back then, the Protea batsmen started batting defensively. On the other hand, Pakistani bowlers also started spreading heat on the field. The hosts surrounded the Proteas with pace and spin bowling attacks. But Proteas batsmen Aiden Markram and Van der Dussen were stuck on the crease. These two made the Pakistani bowlers sweating a lot.

Coming back from the break, African opener Aiden Markram picked up the 7th half-century of his career off 158 balls. Shortly afterward, another Protea batsman, Van der Dussen, picked up the 4th half-century of his career off 151 balls. After losing one wicket, the team collected 153 runs and went to the drinks break.

After starting the play again, Van der Dussen fell victim to Yasir Shah. The batsman left the field with 64 runs off 151 balls with 5 fours. After taking this wicket, relief returned to the Pakistan camp. Faf du Plessis, the new batsman who came to the crease, lost his wicket after a while. Once again, the batsman returned to the dressing room with a personal 10 runs after being lbw by Yasir Shah. With 15 balls left in the game for the third day, Aiden Markram lost his wicket to Nauman Ali. The Protea opener returned to the pavilion with scoring 74 runs off 224 balls (strike rate 33.04). At the end of the day, South Africa lost 4 wickets and ended the third day’s play by putting 187 runs on their board & ahead of the hosts by 29 runs.

After taking hold of the match-all day, the Africans lost wickets quickly at the end of the day and are on backfoot right now. The hosts will be ahead at the starting of the fourth day’s play by taking four wickets at the end of the day. For Pakistan, Yasir Shah took three wickets (3-53, 24 overs) and Nauman Ali took one (1-27, 20).

Playing XIs:

South Africa Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Temba Bavuma, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi.

Pakistan Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Imran Butt, Babar Azam (c), Yasir Shah, Nauman Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi.

Scorecard:

South Africa (1st Innings) – 220/10 (69.2)

Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Aiden Markram, 4.6 over), 2-63 (Rassie van der Dussen, 15.2 over), 3-108 (Faf du Plessis, 28.3 over), 4-133 (Quinton de Kock, 35.2 over), 5-136 (Dean Elgar, 37.4 over), 6-179 (Temba Bavuma, 54.3 over), 7-179 (Keshav Maharaj, 58.2 over), 8-194 (George Linde, 61.2 over), 9-195 (Anrich Nortje, 64.3 over), 10-220 (Lungi Ngidi, 69.2 over)

Pakistan (1st Innings) – 378/10 (119.2)

Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Abid Ali, 4.1 over), 2-15 (Imran Butt, 6.4 over), 3-26 (Babar Azam, 15.3 over), 4-27 (Shaheen Afridi, 16.2 over), 5-121 (Azhar Ali, 53.6 over), 6-176 (Mohammad Rizwan, 72.3 over), 7-278 (Fawad Alam, 97.5 over), 8-295 (Faheem Ashraf, 100.6 over), 9-323 (Hasan Ali, 108.5 over), 10-378 (Nauman Ali, 119.2 over)

South Africa (2nd Innings) – 187/4 (75.0)

Fall of wickets: 48-1 (Elgar, 16.1 over), 175-2 (Van der Dussen, 67.1 over), 185-3 (Plessis, 71.6 over) 185-4 (Markram, 72.3 over)

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