South Africa in Pakistan, 2 Test Series, 2021

Pakistan vs South Africa - 2nd Test

Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi

Date: 04 February-08 February, 2021

South Africa 274/10

RR: 2.99 | Pakistan beat South Africa by 95 runs

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Aiden Markram c Imran Butt & b Hasan Alic Imran Butt & b Hasan Ali108243133
Dean Elgar c Mohammad Rizwan & b Shaheen Afridic Mohammad Rizwan & b Shaheen Afridi172440
Rassie van der Dussen bowled Hasan Alibowled Hasan Ali489780
Faf du Plessis lbw Hasan Alilbw Hasan Ali51310
Temba Bavuma c Mohammad Rizwan & b Shaheen Afridic Mohammad Rizwan & b Shaheen Afridi6112560
Quinton de Kock c Imran Butt & b Hasan Alic Imran Butt & b Hasan Ali0100
Wiaan Mulder bowled Yasir Shahbowled Yasir Shah204030
George Linde c Faheem Ashraf & b Hasan Alic Faheem Ashraf & b Hasan Ali4510
Keshav Maharaj c Imran Butt & b Shaheen Afridic Imran Butt & b Shaheen Afridi0400
Kagiso Rabada bowled Shaheen Afridibowled Shaheen Afridi0200
Anrich Nortje not out not out 2300
Extras 9 (b 0, lb 2, w 0, nb 7)
Total 274 (10 Wkts, 91.4 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
33-1 (Dean Elgar,8.2), 127-2 (Rassie van der Dussen,41.3), 135-3 (Faf du Plessis,45.5), 241-4 (Aiden Markram,81.1), 241-5 (Quinton de Kock,81.2), 253-6 (Temba Bavuma,86.5), 258-7 (George Linde,88), 268-8 (Keshav Maharaj,90.1), 268-9 (Kagiso Rabada,90.3), 274-10 (Wiaan Mulder,91.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Shaheen Afridi21 6 51 4 2.43
Hasan Ali16 2 60 5 3.75
Nauman Ali20 6 63 0 3.15
Yasir Shah23.4 5 56 1 2.39
Faheem Ashraf10 2 37 0 3.70
Fawad Alam1 0 5 0 5.00
Imran Butt0 0 0 0 0
Abid Ali0 0 0 0 0
Azhar Ali0 0 0 0 0
Babar Azam 0 0 0 0 0
Mohammad Rizwan 0 0 0 0 0

That's all from this game and the series! Babar Azam lifts the cup and is applauded by his teammates. They pose for a photo as the winners. South Africa had a tough time and they will be very disappointed with their effort. Now we move on to the three-match T20 series which begins on 11th February 2021 at 1530 local (1030 GMT). Till then, cheers and take care.

Victorious Pakistan skipper, Babar Azam, thanks the almighty and then the South African team, for helping international cricket resume in Pakistan. On captaincy pressure, Azam shrugs it off, as he says that when you get a good team, you don't have to do much as a captain. On giving South Africa their own medicine, beating them by pace, he praises Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali who used the reverse swing exceptionally well. Puts the improvement in fielding to the mixture of youth and experience in the team, detailing that the management is paying attention to everything. To come back in this manner after losing in New Zealand, Babar says that the team was always confident. Praises Aiden Markram and Temba Bavuma who made it difficult for them but then lauds his own fast bowling unit for changing things around quickly with the second new ball.

South African skipper, Quinton de Kock, admits that the first-innings lead played a big role in this defeat. Rues his team missing big moments. Praises George Linde for bowling his heart out, in spite of a broken finger. Agrees that it is hard to accept this disappointment but stresses that they will learn from this and work on how to go forward. On Aiden Markram's form, de Kock says that he never had a doubt on him performing, looking at his credentials in Asia and hopes that he maintains this consistency.

MOHAMMAD RIZWAN HAS BEEN NAMED THE PLAYER OF THE SERIES. Rizwan thanks the almighty for this award. Puts his success to the clear planning by the management and coaching staff, who made his role clear. On his keeping adjustments, coming in from New Zealand, he gives credit to his personal coach who helped him do the little things better. On his batting form, Rizwan says that mostly he comes on to bat under pressure conditions but leaves it to the almighty. On his sledging behind the stumps, Rizwan smiles and says that because of the stump mic, he is not in a position to say much but then quickly adds that he does not cross the line.

HASAN ALI HAS BEEN BEEN NAMED THE PLAYER OF THE MATCH. Hasan says that he is over the moon, citing this as a comeback series for him. Stresses that everyone wishes a dream comeback and he wished no less. Is happy to get that. Puts it down to confidence, the stress to be consistent in lines and lengths. Admits that fitness was an issue in the past but is fitter now. Agrees that playing a lot of first-class matches has helped him.

Quite a few awards being given - even in domestic cricket. Among the notable ones, Mohammad Rizwan gets the Player Of The Year award, in the previous season.

Stay tuned for the presentation ceremony!

So a quick recap then! After opting to bat first, the hosts had a tough time with the bat as they posted just 272. They would not have reached there as well if not for Faheem Ashraf who scored a fine 78. Babar Azam too scored 77. It did not look enough at one stage but Pakistan bowlers responded in a fine manner as they dismissed South Africa for just 201 with Hasan Ali's 5-fer dominating the show. South Africa got starts in that innings but no one was able to continue big. The hosts, in their second innings, rode on Mohammad Rizwan's century to help them gain a lead of 369 which looked good. South Africa in response had started well and at one stage, they looked on course to overhaul the score with Aiden Markram and Temba Bavuma going strong but it was not to be as they lost wickets in a heap and eventually lost by 95 runs.

South Africa had a great chance of levelling the series at the start of Day 5. They did lose Rassie van der Dussen and Faf du Plessis very early on but Temba Bavuma and Aiden Markram played well and took them to Lunch without any further loss of wickets. They needed more 151 to win post Lunch with 7 wickets in hand and they might have felt that they had a chance but what happened thereafter was chaos. Pakistan took the second new ball and as has been the case so often, the Proteas collapsed and they lost their last 7 wickets for 33 runs. In the end, it was a disappointing performance. Markram will be gutted. Not because his century went in vain more so because it was his rash shot which started the collapse.

Pakistan started the day well with Hasan Ali picking up Rassie van der Dussen and Faf du Plessis in quick succession but there was nothing much after that as Aiden Markram and Temba Bavuma kept them at bay. Post Lunch, they came out all guns blazing as they took the second new ball and from there onwards it was mayhem. Hasan Ali sent back Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock in back-to-back balls and there was no looking back for them. Hasan Ali ended up with a 5-fer while Shaheen took 4 wickets in the end to help Pakistan achieve a victory. 

Pakistan have done it! They have won the series 2-0 and it has been a brilliant win for them! With this, they also get their first Test series win over South Africa since 2003. Post-Lunch, South Africa started well but the second new Ball did the trick as the wickets fell in a heap and Pakistan eventually won by 95 runs. South Africa will be disappointed as they faced another collapse like they have done all series and will be a very dsiappointed unit. Handshakes all around and it has been a deserving victory for Pakistan. 

91.4
0
Yasir Shah to Wiaan Mulder, OUT! TIMBER! That's it! This is superb from Pakistan! Loopy ball on middle, Mulder uses his feet and then looks to hammer it over the bowler's head but misses and the ball goes onto hit the stumps. PAKISTAN WIN BY 95 RUNS. 
91.3
0
Yasir Shah to Wiaan Mulder, Loopy ball on middle, Mulder pushes it to mid on. 
91.2
4
Yasir Shah to Wiaan Mulder, FOUR! Short and wide and it is punished! Short ball outside off, Mulder cuts it through the cover-point region for a boundary. 
91.1
0
Yasir Shah to Wiaan Mulder, Flatter ball on off, Mulder defends it out of the back foot.

Yasir Shah is back on. 

90.6
0
Shaheen Afridi to Anrich Nortje, Very full ball on the pads, Nortje flicks it to the leg side.
90.5
2
Shaheen Afridi to Anrich Nortje, Good length ball on off, Nortje pushes it to the deep cover for a couple.
90.4
0
Shaheen Afridi to Anrich Nortje, Good length ball around off, Nortje looks to defend but gets beaten.

Anrich Nortje is the last man in.

90.3
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kagiso Rabada, OUT! TIMBER! Pakistan are making quick work of this! The second new ball has been a boon for Pakistan! Full ball on middle, Rabada looks to defend but misses and the ball rattles the timber behind. Can Afridi get a 5-fer?
90.2
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kagiso Rabada, Short ball around middle and leg, Rabada ducks under it.

Kagiso Rabada is the next man in. 

90.1
0
Shaheen Afridi to Keshav Maharaj, OUT! CAUGHT! South Africa are crumbling big time! Wow! This is some bowling from Shaheen Afridi! Pakistan just two wickets away from victory and a series win. Full ball outside off, Maharaj looks to drive but it takes the outside edge and goes towards second slip where Imran Butt takes another good catch. Butt has been a good fielder behind the stumps.
89.6
0
Hasan Ali to Wiaan Mulder, A dot to end! On off, Mulder gets right behind the line and keeps it out.
89.5
0
Hasan Ali to Wiaan Mulder, Attacks the stumps, this is played back to the bowler.
89.4
2
Hasan Ali to Wiaan Mulder, Two again! On middle, Mulder works it through mid-wicekt with soft hands and takes two.
89.3
0
Hasan Ali to Wiaan Mulder, On middle, Mulder gets right behind the line and keeps it out.
89.2
0
Hasan Ali to Wiaan Mulder, On middle, Mulder pushes it back to the bowler.
89.1
2
Hasan Ali to Wiaan Mulder, Angled into the middle pole, Mulder works it through square leg for two.
88.6
0
Shaheen Afridi to Keshav Maharaj, Full ball outside off, Keshav shoulders arms to it. 
88.5
0
Shaheen Afridi to Keshav Maharaj, Full ball outside off, Maharaj leaves it alone.
88.4
0
Shaheen Afridi to Keshav Maharaj, BEATEN! Superb delivery! Full ball outside off, Maharaj looks to defend but gets beaten on the outside edge.
88.4
1
Shaheen Afridi to Wiaan Mulder, Back of a length ball on off, Mulder taps it to point for a single. No Ball signalled by the third umpire. 
88.3
0
Shaheen Afridi to Wiaan Mulder, Outside off, left alone.
88.2
0
Shaheen Afridi to Wiaan Mulder, Maharaj was a goner if it had hit! Full ball outside off, Mulder drives it to cover. Maharaj wants the single and takes off but Mulder sends him back. The fielder collects and has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Maharaj was nowhere in the picture. 
88.1
4
Shaheen Afridi to Wiaan Mulder, FOUR! Powered! Short ball on middle, Mulder pulls it to the deep mid-wicket region for a boundary.

Keshav Maharaj comes out to bat.

87.6
0
Hasan Ali to George Linde, OUT! CAUGHT! 5-fer for Hasan Ali! 10 wickets in the match for the pacer! Waqar Younis likes it and is applauding from the dugout! South Africa lose their 7th. Hasan Ali has been a star this game and he is a pleased man.Hasan bowls a full ball outside off, Linde looks to drive but fails to keep it down. It goes towards point where Faheem Ashraf dives and takes a good catch.
87.5
0
Hasan Ali to George Linde, On a length on middle, George defends it back to the bowler.
87.4
0
Hasan Ali to George Linde, Good length ball on off, Linde defends it to cover.
87.3
4
Hasan Ali to George Linde, FOUR! Nicely played by Linde! Good length ball outside off, Linde drives it through the cover region for a boundary. 
87.2
1
Hasan Ali to Wiaan Mulder, Short ball on middle, Mulder pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
87.1
0
Hasan Ali to Wiaan Mulder, On a length on off, Mulder pushes it to mid off.
86.6
0
Shaheen Afridi to George Linde, NOT OUT! There is a gap between bat and ball and the Ultra Edge shows nothing as well. Terrific delivery from Afridi again! Full ball outside off, Linde looks to drive but seems to have missed. There was a noise as the ball passed the bat. Rizwan collects and starts appealing but the umpire is standing his ground. Pakistan are very confident and Babar Azam takes the review. The Ultra Edge rolls in and it shows no spike as the ball passed the bat. Pakistan lose all their reviews.

Review! Is that another one caught behind? Pakistan reckon so. There was a bit of a noise but nothing on Ultra Edge.

DRINKS BREAK. Well, this is happening quickly again, isn't it? We felt that South Africa are much better-placed heading into Lunch. But the first hour after the break has seen 3 wickets fall for 12 runs in 35 balls! The second new ball has done the trick for Pakistan and one reckons, the game is done and dusted now. Of course, the pie is ready as well. In case we are forced to eat it humbly again... George Linde walks out now. How will the finger injury affect his grip on the bat?

86.5
0
Shaheen Afridi to Temba Bavuma, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Bavuma once again gets a fifty and gets out! What a ball from Shaheen Afridi. Perfect line and length from the pacer. South Africa are struggling now. Pakistan just 4 wickets away from a victory. Good length ball around off, Bavuma looks to defend but does so without moving his feet. It takes the outside edge and goes to Rizwan who makes no mistake. South Africa still need 117 runs to win. This has been a superb spell from Afridi after the second new ball was taken. 
86.4
1
Shaheen Afridi to Wiaan Mulder, Catch it is the call but lands safely! Short ball on the pads, Mulder looks to pull but gets it off the toe end of the bat. It goes towards deep square leg but it lands way ahead of the fielder. A single taken.
86.3
0
Shaheen Afridi to Wiaan Mulder, A short ball, outside off, Wiaan looks to pull but toe-ends it to mid on.