Seamers stars on an even-steven day

South Africa opted to bat first against Pakistan on a sunny Wanders morning as they debuted Zubayr Hamza in place of Du Plessis and Pakistan made three changes to their side; Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf and Hasan Ali made a comeback to the side and Fakhar Zaman, Yasir Shah, and Shaheen Shah Afridi were left out.

South Africa started the innings with Markram and Elgar. Abbas provided an early breakthrough for Pakistan as the captain Elgar was caught behind for 5. Amla joined Markram and both made full use of the quick outfield and scored runs freely. Pakistan used 5 bowlers in the first session but both batsman solid approach carried team score to 108/1 at the end of the first session.

Faheem Ashraf announced his comeback in the side by dismissing Markram for a brutal 90(124). Amla was joined by de Bruyn and the pair added 22 runs before Shadab got the better of Amla for 41, leaving South Africa at 154-3. Debutant Hamza made an impressive start by hitting Shadab for 11 runs in an over. De Bruyn and Hamza put on 75 runs for a 4th wicket. Abbas dismissed de Bruyn for 49 and this brought the inform Bavuma to the crease; who anchored the innings with Hamza. Amir struck in twice in the quick succession to dismiss both Bavuma and Hamza for 8 and 41 respectively, with South Africa at 244-6. Hasan Ali then got into the game

by dismissing Philander for and Rabada in two overs. Faheem Ashraf got the better of De Kock and Steyn to wrap up the innings at 262. Dreadful collapse for South Africa as they lost 33-7 in last 17 overs. Faheem remained the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets. Amir, Abbas and Hasan Ali took 2 wickets each.


Imam and Shan begin the innings for Pakistan as Philander struck early for his side by removing Shan Masood for 1. Azhar Ali didn’t last long as he was dismissed on the very first ball for 0. Pakistan ended the day at 17/2 in 9 overs

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