Sarfraz, Masood help Pakistan reach 177


A fighting knock by skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was not enough as Pakistan were bowled out on 177 runs on day one of the second test of three-match series in Cape Town on Thursday.

With the help of nine boundaries, Sarfraz scored 56 runs to not only gain his form back but to help Pakistan reach to 156-7 from 54-5.

Alongside Shan Masood, who supported the captain scoring 44 runs, Sarfraz stood out as a prominent scorer for Pakistan on day 1 of the second test.

The opening pair of Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman once again failed to provide a good start to Pakistan. Imam scored eight while Zaman played 15 balls to score just a run before leaving Pakistan derailing on 13-2.

Right-handed batsman Azhar Ali couldn’t hold his nerves once again after failing to deal with a short ball off Duanne Olivier who finished with yet another inspiring figures of 4-48.

Sarfraz and Masood added 60 runs on the sixth wicket to provide Pakistan a breath for a while. Mohammad Amir remained not out on 22.

Dale Steyn bagged three-wicket and Kagiso Rabada took two wickets conceding 35 runs.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan will face South Africa in their second test of three-match series in Cape Town from tomorrow (December 3). The hosts are 1-0 up against the visitors.