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PAK vs SA – 2nd Test – Rawalpindi


He made a second-innings 108, but was ‘more hurt’ than satisfied due to South Africa’s series loss

Aiden Markram could not enjoy his first century in the subcontinent because it came in a defeat for South Africa, who have lost four of their last five series and have not won a series away from home since March 2017. Markram made his debut six months after the 2017 series win, and has since been part of tough tours to Sri Lanka and India, and the disappointment of losing again in the subcontinent denied him the opportunity to soak in his individual triumph.

“We are competitive people so to lose a game and a series, means more than personal performances. There is a lot more hurt than satisfaction from my side,” a visibly despondent Markram said after South Africa’s 95-run loss in Rawalpindi on Monday. “It felt like there were stages where just when we started making progress and getting ahead, we would give it away. That’s where the hurt comes from. It’s time for us to take lessons and learn and to not make the same mistakes again.”

South Africa squandered several positions of advantage in the second Test, from dropping Mohammad Rizwan, who scored 115, when he was on four, to unravelling against the second new ball when the chase was set up, and their inconsistency irked Markram. “The mood is pretty down at the moment. There have been patches through the series, where I felt we played really good cricket and looked the part but we couldn’t be in those patches for long enough. That’s the feeling in the camp,” he said.

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