Pakistan completed a 2-0 whitewash over South Africa in the Test series, as they wrapped up the second Test in Rawalpindi, winning it by 95 runs. This was the first Test series win for Babar Azam as Test captain and it all came due to a collective effort from the batsmen and bowlers.
Babar Azam himself scored a half-century (77) in the 1st innings of the match and with Faheem Ashraf’s (78*) helped Pakistan put on 272 runs. In reply, South Africa only managed 201 as Hasan Ali ran through the Proteas side with figures of 5/35.
In the second do, Mohammad Rizwan hit his maiden Test ton, while Nauman Ali made 45, as Pakistan made 298 and asked South Africa to chase 370 runs. Despite Aiden Markram’s 108 and 61 from Temba Bavuma, South Africa batting couldn’t withstand the pressure of such a huge target and was bundled out for 274, losing the match by 95 runs.
Hasan Ali picked 5/60 and completed a ten-wicket haul for the match, on his return to international cricket after a long break and was named the Player of the Match.
For Pakistan, Faheem Ashraf was the highest run-getter with 171 runs and two half-centuries, while Fawad Alam made 170 runs with the best score of 115*. Hasan Ali topped the bowling charts with 12 wickets thanks to his 10-wicket haul in the second Test.
Pakistan moves to no.5 in latest ICC Test team rankings
As a result of this series sweeping victory, Pakistan has gained eight rating points and moved to the no.5 spot in the latest ICC Test team rankings. Pakistan now has 90 rating points, while South Africa dropped one spot down to no.6 with 89 rating points. Meanwhile, New Zealand continued to occupy the top spot with 118.44 rating points to their name and India is no.2 with 117.55 rating points.
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Both Pakistan and South Africa are out of the race for the finals qualification of the ICC World Test Championship. New Zealand have already qualified for the final, to be played at Lord’s in London. The ongoing India-England series will give us the other team in the final.
Australia also has an outside chance of qualifying if the India-England Test series ends up drawn 0-0, 1-1, or 2-2.