Karachi: The years of experience of Fawad Alam and Nauman Ali in domestic cricket have helped Pakistan to beat South Africa after seven years at National Stadium, Karachi.
The 35-year-old Fawad bagged player of the match for his century in first innings while debutant Nauman claimed fifer today, becoming the oldest Pakistan to do so in this format of the game.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah was the other notable performer for the home side, picking seven wickets in the match.
Pakistan suffered a few hiccups in the 88-run chase as they lost both of their openers on a score of 27 but Azhar Ali and Babar Azam absorbed the pressure, leading Pakistan to a seven-wicket win, their first after 11 months.
Netizens, current and former cricketers expressed their joy on Pakistan’s win. Here are the reactions.
— Karachi Kings (@KarachiKingsARY) January 29, 2021
What a wonderful performance boys!
Playing on home soil gives a special boost and energy. Great to see everyone playing their part 👏🏽
Mubarak everyone and very well played @iamfawadalam25, @Shah64Y, Nauman and @AzharAli_ bhai.#PAKvSA
— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) January 29, 2021
Congratulations Team Pakistan 🇵🇰 on winning the 1st test #PAKvsSA Fawad Alam,Noman Ali & yasir shah r stars of this winning effort. Enjoy & stay focused for the next challenge. Best wishes ♥️ pic.twitter.com/QVbyEEuTCX
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) January 29, 2021
Much needed win for Pakistan! Of course the conditions suited us yet the team fought hard from difficult situations. Well bowled Nauman Ali, great debut. All the best to team Pakistan for the second Test
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) January 29, 2021
Congratulations Pakistan for the win in the first Test against SA, credit to the performers especially Fawad Alam, Nauman Ali and Yasir Shah. They showed the value of experience, perseverance and patience in the toughest format of the sport #cricket #PakvSA pic.twitter.com/rtI1b5agd6
— Saeed Ajmal (@REALsaeedajmal) January 29, 2021
This was test cricket at its best that too in our home ground. Congratulations to team 🇵🇰 with wonderful performances by @iamfawadalam25 n Nauman Ali due to their hard work n resilience in first class cricket tht paid off today. @TheRealPCB #PAKvSA also well played @OfficialCSA
— Umar Gul (@mdk_gul) January 29, 2021
Congratulations Pakistan team 🇵🇰 great team effort #PAKvSA
— Amir Yamin (@amiryamin54) January 29, 2021
— Faisal Javed Khan (@FaisalJavedKhan) January 29, 2021
Pakistan came from behind and won this test all too convincingly.. What a character shown by this team.. this is the NEVER SAY DIE attitude we craved for.. #PakvSA
— Sawera Pasha (@sawerapasha) January 29, 2021
— Ahmad Shahzad 🇵🇰 (@iamAhmadshahzad) January 29, 2021