Fawad scores third test century, Pakistan takes 88-runs lead

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Karachi: Fawad Alam dominated on Day 2 of the opening Test against South Africa as Pakistan closed at 308-8 with a lead of 88-runs. 

Fawad stood out firm and struck a six to score his third Test century, a maiden in Pakistan. He scored 109 runs off 245 balls with the help of nine boundaries and two sixes.

Fawad alongside Faheem scored 102 runs and raced Pakistan’s score after joining hands at the crease just two minutes before Tea. At Tea, Fawad remained not out for 63 runs as Pakistan posted 178-6.

Previously, Fawad and Rizwan (33) scored 55 runs together after Azhar Ali lost his wicket to Keshav Maharaj. Fawad scored his maiden Test fifty off 137 balls in his first Test appearance at National Stadium.

Earlier, Fawad and Azhar (51) survived in the first session on Day 2 as Pakistan posted 104-4 at Lunch.

Resuming at 33-4, Fawad and Azhar suffered aggressive pace from Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje but they added 77 runs together. They scored 71 runs in the first session on the second day.

Altogether, they partnered to score 94 runs for the fifth wicket partnership.

Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, and Keshav Maharaj bagged two wickets each for South Africa.

Hasan Ali 11* and Nauman Ali 6* will resume Pakistan’s inning tomorrow.

Squads

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

Read: Series whitewash will take Pakistan to fifth in Test Rankings

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