Pakistan suffers collapse as South Africa reduce them to 33-4


Karachi: South Africa picked up four quick wickets as Pakistan fell to 33-4 at stumps on Day 1 of the opening Test here at National Stadium. 

After bowling out South Africa for 220 runs, Pakistan suffered at a surface that offered much to the spinners. But, Kagiso Rabada removed Abid Ali and Imran Butt in quick successions to reduce Pakistan to 15-2.

Abid made just 4 runs while debutant Imran struck a four to score 9. Babar Azam failed to make an ideal comeback as the skipper fell prey to spinner Keshav Maharaj after scoring 7 runs.

Nightwatchman Shaheen Shah Afridi was also sent back by Anrich Nortje which brought in Karachi’s Fawad Alam at the crease to join Azhar Ali. Both batters remained not out for five runs each.

Rabada took two while Maharaj and Nortje bagged a wicket each for visitors.

Earlier, Pakistani bowlers made the most of their home conditions as they restricted South Africa to 220-10.

Resuming after Tea at 179-6, South Africa lost four wickets quickly with Yasir Shah taking two wickets after coming back from Tea break, finishing his bowling spell with 3-54.

George Linde resisted and scored 35 runs off 64 balls with the help of five boundaries. Kagiso Rabada remained not out for 21.

Debutant Nauman Ali removed well-set Dean Elgar (58) and skipper Quinton De Kock (15) to gain confidence. He finished with the figures of 2-38.

Elgar and Faf Du Plessis survived the first session at 94-2 after South Africa lost two wickets for 63 runs.

Deciding to bat first after winning the toss, South Africa started off well with openers Elgar and Aiden Markram scoring 30 runs together. Debutant Imran Butt took a blinder in slips to remove Markram and give Pakistan a much-needed breakthrough. Markram walked off after scoring 13 off 16 with the help of three boundaries.

Rassie van der Dussen supported Elgar for a while as they raced visitors’ score to 63-1. Dussen got run-out after scoring 17 as Pakistan took a sigh of relief.

Shaheen Shah Afridi was the lone wicket-taker in the first session as both teams went for Lunch on Day 1.

Yasir Shah bagged a wicket after coming from Lunch followed by Nauman who removed Elgar to lay down a solid foundation for Pakistan to grab opponents.

Temba Bavuma was the second batter after Dussen who got run-out with Hasan Ali striking with a splendid flat throw from fine leg.


Pakistan: Abid Ali, Imran Butt (Debut), Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fawad Alam, Faheem Ashraf, M Rizwan, Nauman Ali (Debut), Yasir Shah, Hassan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi

South Africa: Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Faf Du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Quinton De Kock, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi NGini

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