South Africa dominate first day of the second Test

South Africa dominate first day of the second Test

The first day of the second Test at Centurion belonged to hosts as South Africa were 123/2 at the close of play with Hashim Amla at the crease batting on 24 runs.

In reply to Pakistan’s 177, Proteas had a solid start with Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram contributing 56 runs for the opening partnership, before Mohammad Amir removed the left-handed opening batsman on 20 runs.

Hashim Amla joined Markram and looked in control almost throughout the remaining the remaining day of the test.

The opening batsman went on to score another half-century and was looking in top form when the part-time bowler, Shan Masood got him in just the second last over of the day with a delivery which kept extremely low. He scored 78 runs at an impressive strike-rate of 81.25.

Earlier, A fighting knock by skipper Sarfraz Ahmed got his team to 177 runs after they were put into bat by Faf Du Plessis after winning the toss.

With the help of nine boundaries, Sarfraz scored 57 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. Whereas, the returning Vernon Philander took one wicket.