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Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali put Pakistan in control on 2nd day

South Africa’s top order stumbled to 106-4 at stumps after Faheem Ashraf’s second successive half-century had rallied Pakistan’s first innings to 272 in the second test on Friday.

The Green Caps resumed the day on 145-3 after rain had cut short day one. Babar Azam failed to add to his overnight score of 77 and was dismissed on the second ball of the morning. Fawad Alam added just three runs today to his tally of 45.

Faheem Ashraf remained the top scorer for Pakistan and smashed a brilliant 78 not out. South Africa’s fast bowler Anrich Nortje took 5-56 while Keshav Maharaj finished with 3-90.

Quinton de Kock was unbeaten on 24 and with him Temba Bavuma on 15 as South Africa still trailed by 166 runs with six wickets intact.

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