South Africa replies confidently in chase of 370 against Pakistan


Rawalpindi: South Africa were 127/1 closed the play on Day 4 of the second Test at Pindi Cricket Stadium.

Aiden Markram was unbeaten on 59 and Rassie van der Dussen was on 48 at the crease. South Africa will need another 243 runs on the fifth and final day while Pakistan requires 9 wickets to claim the series 2-0.

Earlier, Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan scored his maiden hundred, helping Pakistan to set up a 370-run target.

The 28-year-old Rizwan took a sharp single to complete his first century in his 13th Test, taking Pakistan to 298 in their second innings.

Rizwan became the seventh wicketkeeper-batsman to score a ton in this format for Pakistan. His hundred is the first Test century by a Pakistani wicket-keeper since Sarfaraz Ahmed’s 112 in November 2014 against New Zealand in Dubai.

Rizwan was brilliantly supported by Nauman Ali, who scored 45 off 78 balls (6 fours, 2 sixes). The duo added 97-run partnership for ninth wicket.

Shaheen Shah (4) was cleaned up by George Linde. Rabada in the 102nd over. Rizwan remained unbeaten on 115 off 204 balls which included 15 fours.

Earlier, Pakistan resumed Day four’s processing from 129/6 with a lead of 200. Hasan Ali was removed by Keshav Maharaj as he was trapped leg-before in the sixth over of the day.

Yasir Shah partnered with Rizwan and put on a vital 53 for the ninth wicket. Linde picked his fourth scalp to remove Yasir.

For South Africa, Linde finished with figures of 5-64 and Keshav Maharaj took 3-118.

South Africa lost opener Dean Elgar courtesy of a brilliant delivery by Shaheen Shah Afridi in the ninth over.

In the final session, it was all about Markram and Dussen scoring at a faster rate. The duo have added 96 runs for the second wicket

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