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Pakistan squandered away their chances on 3rd day of 2nd Test

Pakistan conceded the upper hand to South Africa in the second Test match in Rawalpindi because of top order batting failure in 2nd innings.

Hasan Ali’s five-wicket haul limited South Africa to 201 in their first innings and the visitors then fought back through their left-arm spinners to remove Pakistan’s top five early.

A counter-attacking 52-run stand between Mohammad Rizwan and Faheem Ashraf helped extend Pakistan’s lead before South Africa struck late in the day to leave the game well poised. The hosts are 129 for 6 in their second innings, leading by 200 runs.

Earlier, following the dismissal of Quinton de Kock in the third over of the day, when he inside-edged a Shaheen Afridi delivery onto the stumps, it was slow going for South Africa with Temba Bavuma and Wiaan Mulder focused more on crease occupation. It was attritional cricket as Nauman and Ashraf managed five maidens between them in the seven overs they bowled in tandem. But with time spent at the crease, they grew in confidence, especially Mulder who found the boundaries regularly and even came down the track to Yasir to hit a six. The partnership, however, came to an abrupt end and Mulder was to blame as he attempted a needless second run and found himself short of the crease.

George Linde had a lucky break when he gloved a short ball from Hasan but Pakistan opted against the review. He capitalised on the miss as he took the attack to Yasir, scoring a couple of fours and a six, and also drove Hasan square of the wicket for his third four. However, Hasan had the last laugh, bowling a clever off-cutter to bag his third wicket.

Keshav Maharaj, who had a few reprieves on either side of Lunch, was the next to fall, bowled by Hasan. With Bavuma not able to accelerate batting around the tail, South Africa struggled to get a move on and ended up losing their last five wickets for the addition of only 37 runs to concede a 71-run lead as Hasan walked away happily with a five-wicket haul.


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