South Africa Vs. Pakistan: Hasan Ali’s 10-for Seals Perfect Home Season

South Africa came on a visit to Pakistan for the first time in over fourteen years.

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Both sides have looked promising, with South Africa recently beating Sri Lanka at home.

The two sides also had new Test captains, and Pakistan came into the second Test with a win.

Pakistan batted first on a surface that had some assistance for the pacers.

They managed 277, with Babar Azam finding some touch during his 77.

After an early collapse, he found support from Fawad Alam, and Faheem Ashraf provided some vital runs towards the end.

Anrich Nortje, who has been on the rise over the last few Tests, cranked it up with a beautiful five-wicket haul.

After a reasonable effort with the bat, Hasan Ali blew the South Africans away with five wickets.

He bowled at a beautiful pace.

South Africans got starts, but neither could convert as South Africa were all-out for 201.

Conceding a crucial lead, South Africa found themselves back on the field.

Like the first innings, there were early wickets in the second, but South Africa struggled to build on the early pressure.

In exemplary form, Mohammad Rizwan asserted his role as Pakistan’s number six with a beautiful century, while Nauman Ali made 45 to help the side put up a competitive score.

Despite an issue with George Linde’s finger, the bowler managed to fight and took five wickets to hold Pakistan.

His spell ensured the target didn’t go out of reach, as South Africa were left chasing 370.

Chasing 370 on the final day is a tough ask, but seeing how teams have done chasing in 2021, South Africa may have felt good about their chances.

They set out for the chase, looking to win the Test, and fought hard, with some remarkable individual performances.

The fight began with Aiden Markram getting the side off to a promising start.

Aiden Markram made 108 in an innings that may boost his career.

The South African opener got off to a beautiful start in his career and looked promising but experienced a mild slump in between.

The century may help boost his confidence as he sets out to live up to his early potential.

Along with Aiden Markram, there was a half-century from Temba Bavuma.

Quinton De Kock may have played his last Test as Skipper

The two ensured South Africa stayed in the hunt but couldn’t find support from the other batsmen.

Other than the two mentioned players and Rassie van der Dussen, none of the South Africans managed to start.

The Markram – Bavuma partnership kept the game alive but was soon closed after the two fell.

Following a five-wicket haul in the first innings, Hasan Ali took another five to finish with ten.

Hasan Ali takes ten

Shaheen Shah Afridi took four in the second to help close out the game.

South Africa fell short of the target by 95 runs but was in the chase for a considerable game period.

The win gives Pakistan their first series win against South Africa in 2003.

The Test gives further hope to Pakistan for the next World Test Championship.

With the current WTC coming to an end, Pakistan has New Zealand, England, and Australia visiting in the coming months.

With a few good results, they may see themselves as competitors in the WTC during the next cycle.

For South Africa, they have suffered their fourth series loss in the last five series.

Quinton De Kock is likely to be relieved of the Test captaincy after a challenging tour as a captain and batsman.

The decision may come as a relief to him, as South Africa has time to name their new Test skipper.

With the Australia series canceled, South Africa will go on a long break from the Test format, allowing a long-term captain’s discussion.

Sanjay Sanapoori

A mechanical engineering student, who has immense love for cricket. Been a fan of the game since 2009 and would love to stay involved with Cricket someway or the other.