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Pakistan’s Middle order wobble again as South Africa in command on Day 1.

Pakistan and South Africa both made one change in their side; Hasan Ali was replaced by Muhammad Abbas and Maharaj was replaced by Vernon Philander. South Africa won the toss on the green Newlands deck and opted to field hoping that they would restrict under a good score.

Pakistan started the innings with Imam and Fakhar. South Africa struck early as Steyn dismissed Fakhar for 1 and Philander announced his comeback in the side by getting rid of Imam for 8. Shan joined Azhar and they only managed 6 runs  for the 3rd wicket. As Azhar was caught by Amla of Olivier for 3 only. Asad then got quick runs off Rabada and Olivier but was eventually caught by Elgar off Rabada for 26. Babar stay at the wicket didn’t last long as Olivier got the better of him for 2 only. Captain Sarfaraz joined Shan and took the side safely to lunch at 75-5

In the second session Shan continued his good form and made 44 before deKock took a blinder to dismiss him. Sarfaraz was joined by Amir as Pakistan was reeling at 114/6 both put on a decent 42 runs for the seventh wicket as Sarfaraz got his well deserved fifty off 70 balls. But when he fell for 56,the leg spinner Yasir Shah didn’t last too long and was caught for 1. Pakistan’s tailenders didn’t bat well as the team was bundled out for 171 only. Olivier was the pick the of the pick once again as he got 4 wickets. Sarfaraz’s 50 and Shan’s 40 was the highlight of Pakistan’s innings.

 

Contrary to what Pakistan did, South Africa had a decent opening start. Markram and Elgar put on 60 runs for the first wicket before Amir got the better of Elgar for 20 but Amla and Markram scored boundaries frequently and took a liking to Pakistan’s bowling attack. The pair took their team’s total to 123, as part-timer Shan Masood dismissed Markram on the last ball of the day for 78. Hosts trail by 54 with 8 wickets in hand. Pakistan must be looking for quick wickets on Day 2.

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