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Pakistan register thumping win over South Africa in first test

Debutant Nauman Ali completed a five-wicket haul on debut before first-innings centurion Fawad Alam hit the winning runs in a chase of 88 as Pakistan beat South Africa by seven wickets on day four of the first Test in Karachi.

Nauman (5-35) – the first Pakistan left-arm spinner to take a five-for in his first Test – added the final four South Africa wickets to his dismissal of Proteas top-scorer Aiden Markram (74) on day three as the tourists were all out for 245 in their second dig having slumped from 175-1.

South Africa’s collapse of nine wickets for 70 runs left Pakistan with a seemingly routine chase but there would have been a few nerves at 23-2 after Anrich Nortje dismissed Abid Ali (10) and Imran Butt (12) in the eighth over – Ali chopping on and Butt caught behind.

However, captain Babar Azam (30) and former skipper Azhar Ali (31) combined for a third-wicket stand of 63 and although Babar was trapped lbw by Keshav Maharaj with two runs required, man of the match Fawad – whose 109 in the first innings had helped rally Pakistan from 27-4 to 378 all out – fittingly cut Maharaj away for the winning boundary.


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