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Recent Match Report – Pakistan vs South Africa 2nd Test 2020/21


Temba Bavuma and Wiaan Mulder add 50 runs for the sixth wicket to help visitors stay in the game

Lunch South Africa 188 for 7 (Bavuma 36*, Mulder 33, Maharaj 0*, Hasan 3-46) trail Pakistan 272 (Faheem 78*, Babar 77, Nortje 5-56, Maharaj 3-90) by 84 runs

Temba Bavuma led South Africa’s resistance against a Pakistan attack that continued to control proceedings in Rawalpindi on the third morning. Pakistan took three wickets to add to their four from the second day to open the door to South Africa’s tail and would be eyeing a lead on a surface that is keeping low and aiding reverse swing.

Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi made good use of late movement and posed problems for all South Africa’s batsmen, starting with Quinton de Kock. The South Africa captain appeared in the same aggressive mood he employed on the second evening and was eager to drive away from his body against Afridi, but played the shot one time too many. He inside-edged the tenth ball he faced on the day on to leg stump, having added only five runs to his overnight score. He has now scored 74 runs in five Test innings since being named temporary Test captain – his latest effort of 29 only added to the conversation of whether the leadership burden has been affecting his batting form.

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