Faheem Ashraf ends on 78* as Anrich Nortje runs through tail to return five-for

Faheem Ashraf ends on 78* as Anrich Nortje runs through tail to return five-for


South Africa pick up seven wickets for the addition of just 127 runs on the second day

Innings Pakistan 272 (Faheem 78*, Babar 77, Nortje 5-56, Maharaj 3-90) vs South Africa

Anrich Nortje claimed the third five-for of his Test career as South Africa took seven wickets for 127 runs on the second day to dismiss Pakistan for 272 on the second day in Rawalpindi.

Despite what those numbers suggest, though, South Africa didn’t have it all their way. Faheem Ashraf marshalled the Pakistan lower order frustrate the South African attack, which had seen the tail take the game away from them in the Karachi Test. Then, Pakistan’s last four wickets had put on 202. Here, the last five wickets managed just 123, leaving South Africa with much to smile about after their attack was reduced by one. George Linde, the second specialist spinner, bowled just 5.5 overs after suffering a laceration to the little finger of his bowling hand on the first day, when he was in his third over. He returned on the second day to deliver three overs but played a bit role at best. Instead, South Africa relied heavily on Keshav Maharaj, who sent down 45 overs, and Nortje, who used his pace and the short ball to good effect to emulate Dale Steyn, who also took his third career five-for in Pakistan.

Earlier, Nortje made the first breakthrough when he had Babar Azam caught at second slip with the second ball of the day. Azam looked to cut a length ball but got a thick outside edge and Faf du Plessis took the chance at head height. This was the second time Azam had been dismissed without adding to his overnight score in Rawalpindi – he was on 143 against Bangladesh last February when the same thing had happened, and it was also the first time in three Test innings at this venue that the Pakistan captain had not scored a century.

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