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Pakistan resume at 33-4 after Day 1 with Azhar Ali & Fawad Alam both on 5. And have a job to shave off the 178 run trail mark. Before looking to build a big total. While South Africa came off a decent late session yesterday. With 4 early wickets.
The opening session went to Pakistan who batted quietly. Azhar & Fawad settled in with runs on the board. Both against seam and spin. And able to use their best stance to trigger their movements. So they are asking what Pakistan demanded in return. As both men are nearly on the 40s run mark by lunch. With South Africa unable to find a wicket in this session.
Pakistan came back after the break on 104-4. Where they still need to close down the 116 run trail ASAP. Both Azhar & Fawad stayed a little longer this time. As Azhar just scored his half-ton. But got caught behind by Quinton De Kock. In which gave relief at last from spinner George Linde for South Africa. Before Lungi Ngidi added another wicket off Mohammed Rizwan. But SA unable to stop Fawad though ahead of tea break.
Fawad remains on 63 not out while Faheem Ashraf just came in. Pakistan are 178-6 & avoided follow on. But they trail by just 42 runs. And he kept his wicket all day right until that big moment. When Fawad converted his 100. Before he wrapped up a hard earned day on 109.
His illustrious innings opens to another in Faheem Ashraf. He came in at 8, used the bowlers tiredness & scored a quickfire half-ton. But Faheem he was clean by Anrich Nortje on 64. Pakistan however enjoyed an day entire day of batting in Karachi. They wrap up Day 2 on 308-8 with a lead of 88 runs. While South Africa scored 4 wickets in the final 2 sessions.
South Africa did not make the best use of their time on Day 2. Where they threw the balls that the batsman can execute. As well as bad fielding placement. And missed chances that turned into more leaked runs. They will bat again somewhere on Day 3. But need to limit to 90-100. And look towards 250-300 in return. So they have a shot of winning.
Pakistan on the other hand are leading for now. They are able to use the whole day’s session to settle down. And stack a few 100 run partnerships. Azhar Ali is a key member in this side at first drop. While Fawad Alam who scored his 3rd Test 100 of 8 caps at age 35. Got his own orthodox stance like Shivnarine Chanderpaul. And used both footwork placement and full bat face to justify his big total. And Faheem Ashraf has all-round class both bat & ball.
The 88 run lead may not be enough for Pakistan right now. But have bowled well on Day 1 v South Africa to limit 220. As the Pakistan tail enders would like to extend the run lead as they can. Before looking to find their way & go 1-0 up. Day 3 is looming towards another decent battle.