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Hasan Ali shines as Pakistan whitewash South Africa in test series

Hasan Ali’s ten-wicket match haul topped stubborn resistance from two of South Africa’s Test captaincy candidates, Aiden Markram and Temba Bavuma, to secure Pakistan’s first series win over South Africa since 2003.

South Africa have now lost four of their last five series and ten of their last 13 Tests.Hasan triggered a collapse with the second new ball that saw South Africa lose seven wickets for 33 runs and fall 96 runs short of what would have been the highest successful chase in Pakistan. They had lost the first Test, in Karachi, by seven wickets.

As captain Quinton de Kock was gone for a golden duck, the South African tail, too, failed to resist the seamers. Shaheen Shah Afridi grabbed three wickets in the post-lunch session dismissing Temba Bavuma (61), Keshav Maharaj (0) and Kagiso Rabada (0).

Yasir Shah wrapped up the game by getting the final wicket of Wiaan Mulder (20) to lead Pakistan to its first Test series win against South Africa in 18 years.

The visiting team lost two wickets in the first session after the long second-wicket stand between Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen was broken on the third ball of the day as Hasan crushed the leg-stump to dismiss the latter.

The bowler, a few overs later, also got rid of Faf du Plessis, who could only manage five runs in the second innings.

Earlier on Sunday, Pakistan added 298 to their 72-run lead with wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan smashing his maiden international century in red-ball cricket while left-arm spinner George Linde earned his first five-wicket haul.

 

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