The third day of the Rawalpindi Test was very thrilling where the hosts Pakistan got the crucial first innings lead but the visitors fought back in the late moment of the day.
Starting the day on their overnight score of 106/4, South Africa were bundled out for 201 runs. Starting their second innings with the lead of 71 runs, Pakistan scored 129/6 at the stumps of the day. The hosts have already got the lead of 200 runs.
Pakistan vs South Africa 2021, 2nd Test: Day 3 – Hasan Ali unsettled the visiting batsmen
In the third over of the day, Shaheen Shah Afridi bowled captain Quinton de Kock for 29 runs. Then the other overnight batsman Temba Bavuma and Wiaan Mulder put the crucial 50 runs partnership for the sixth wicket.
When that partnership was working well, Mulder (33) threw his wicket through a run-out after he ran for a risky double. Soon, Hasan Ali bowled George Linde who scored a run-a-ball 21. At lunch, Pakistan scored 188/7.
In the second session, South Africa added only 13 runs before getting all out. At first, Hasan Ali bowled Keshav Maharaj for just 1 run. At the end of that innings, Kagiso Rabada (run-out) and Anrich Nortje (b Hasan Ali) lost their wickets for the ducks in back-to-back deliveries. Temba Bavuma remained not out on 44 runs.
Hasan Ali registered his second fifer in Test career as he finished that innings with the bowling figures of 15.4-2-54-5.
Pakistan vs South Africa 2021, 2nd Test: Day 3 – Pakistan batsmen completely struggled
Before opening the scoreboard in their second innings, Pakistan lost their new opener Imran Butt (0) in the fifth over as Kagiso Rabada started that innings in a great fashion.
Hosts’ slow start continued as Keshav Maharaj took the wicket of another opener Abid Ali (13) in the 17th over. At tea, Pakistan were battling on 42/2.
On the 10th ball of the third session, Maharaj dismissed the captain Babar Azam for 8 runs. Later, George Linde took three wickets of Azhar Ali (33), Fawad Alam (12) and at the end Faheem Ashraf (29).
Before Faheem lost his wicket, he had a crucial 52-run partnership with Mohammad Rizwan for the sixth wicket, where Rizwan remained not out on 28 runs along with Hasan Ali (0).
Brief Scores: Pakistan – 272 (Faheem Ashraf 78*, Babar Azam 77; Anrich Nortje 5/56) & 129/6 (Azhar Ali 33, Faheem Ashraf 29; George Linde 3/12)
South Africa – 201 (Temba Bavuma 44*, Wiaan Mulder 33; Hasan Ali 5/54)
Latest Status (at the stumps of day 3) – Pakistan are leading by 200 runs