While the hosts Pakistan finished the opening day of the Karachi Test match in high tension, Fawad Alam and other remaining Pakistan batsmen brilliantly handled the South African bowlers on the entire day two and set up a strong path for the home team in this Test match.
The hosts Pakistan started the day on their overnight score of 33/4. But at the stumps of the day two, the hosts managed to score 308/8, where they were leading by 88 runs.
Pakistan vs South Africa 2021, 1st Test: Day 2 – Fawad Alam scored 109 runs, Azhar Ali and Faheem Ashraf scored 51 and 64 runs respectively
In the struggling moment, overnight batsmen Fawad Alam and Azhar Ali provided a strong start. Their strong batting performances helped Pakistan to cross 100 runs without losing another wicket in the morning session. At lunch, the hosts scored 104/4.
In the second session, Keshav Maharaj finally brought the breakthrough after Azhar Ali (51) lost his wicket soon after his half-century. That crucial fifth wicket partnership ran for 94 runs.
Then Mohammad Rizwan and Fawad Alam set up another good partnership of 55 runs for the sixth wicket. While Fawad completed his half-century in that partnership, wicket-keeper batsman Rizwan scored 33 runs before Lungi Ngidi took his wicket just before the tea break. At tea, Pakistan scored 178/6.
Then Fawad and Faheem Ashraf provided the 102 runs partnership for the seventh wicket. Fawad completed his third Test century in 220 balls. Faheem Ashraf also completed his half-century in that partnership.
In the late moment of the day, South African bowlers brought back the visitors into the game by dismissing both those set batsmen. While Ngidi finally took the wicket of Fawad for 109 runs (9 fours and 2 sixes), Faheem scored 64 runs off 84 balls (9 fours) before Anrich Nortje sent him back to the pavilion.
At the stumps of the day, Hasan Ali (7*) and debutant Nauman Ali (2*) were in the pitch.
Meanwhile, among the South African bowlers, Kagiso Rabada (2/45), Nortje (2/84), Ngidi (2/55) and Maharaj (2/64) all have taken two wickets each in this innings.
Brief Scores: South Africa – 220 (Dean Elgar 58, George Linde 35; Yasir Shah 3/54)
Pakistan – 308/8 (Fawad Alam 109, Faheem Ashraf 64; Kagiso Rabada 2/45)
Latest Status (at the stumps of day 2) – Pakistan are leading by 88 runs