Pakistan vs South Africa 2021, 2nd Test: Day 5 – Hasan Ali And Shaheen Shah Afridi Secure Pakistan's Series-Winning Victory
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The hosts Pakistan won the Test series against the visitors South Africa after winning the second and last Test of the series by 95 runs at Rawalpindi which completed their series whitewash (won by 2-0). While it was their second Test series victory against South Africa, their first series victory happened in late 2003 at home.

Chasing down the big total of 370 runs, South Africa started the day on their overnight score of 127/1. While the visitors once batting on 241/3, they then lost their last seven wickets in 33 runs as the Proteas were bowled out for 274 runs.

Pakistan vs South Africa 2021, 2nd Test: Day 5 – Aiden Markram and Temba Bavuma put century partnership, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi enjoyed the later period

Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali provided the great start for the hosts after he bowled Rassie van der Dussen (48) on the third ball of the day, while the visitors were still waiting to add their first run for the day.

Just a few minutes later, Hasan Ali took the wicket of Faf du Plessis, who just scored 5 runs. At that point, South Africa were batting on 135/3.

But then the overnight batsmen Aiden Markram and Temba Bavuma put the strong partnership for the fourth wicket and that helped the visitors to return to the game.

Pakistan, South Africa, 1st Test, Day 5, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma
Aiden Markram and Temba Bavuma (Image Credit: Twitter)

On the final ball of that first session, opener Aiden Markram completed his 5th Test century in 221 balls as the visitors were batting on 219/3 at lunch.

Pakistan, South Africa, 1st Test, Day 5, Aiden Markram
Aiden Markram (Image Credit: Twitter)

In the second session, Markram and Bavuma completed their century partnership for the fourth wicket. But soon after that Hasan Ali brought the crucial breakthrough with the new ball as the centurion Markram was caught out at the second slip for 108 runs off 243 balls (13 fours and 3 sixes). Then the hosts took just more than 10 overs to complete that fourth innings.

On the very next ball of Markram’s dismissal, Hasan Ali moved on a hat-trick after dismissing the South African skipper Quinton de Kock for a duck. However, the Pakistan pacer failed to stretch it to the hat-trick.

Hasan Ali, Pakistan, South Africa, 1st Test, Day 5
Hasan Ali (Image Credit: Twitter)

The next batsmen failed to handle the Pakistan bowlers. Soon, Shaheen Shah Afridi got the wicket of Bavuma, who scored another fighting 61 runs off 125 balls (6 fours).

Shaheen Shah Afridi, Pakistan, South Africa, 1st Test, Day 5
Shaheen Shah Afridi (Image Credit: Twitter)

Since then only Wiaan Mulder managed to reach the double-digit scores among the other visiting batsmen. Mulder (20) was the last man to get out in that fourth innings as Yasir Shah ended the game by bowled him.

Before that wicket, Hasan Ali already claimed his maiden 10-wicket haul in Test career. After his 5/54 performance during South Africa’s first innings in this Test, he finished the fourth innings with the bowling figures of 16-2-60-5. Also, Shaheen got four wickets (4/51) and Yasir Shah finished with 1/56.

Brief Scores: Pakistan – 272 (Faheem Ashraf 78*, Babar Azam 77; Anrich Nortje 5/56) & 298 (Mohammad Rizwan 115*, Nauman Ali 45; George Linde 5/64)

South Africa – 201 (Temba Bavuma 44*, Wiaan Mulder 33; Hasan Ali 5/54) & 274 (Aiden Markram 108; Temba Bavuma 61; Hasan Ali 5/60)

Latest Status (at the stumps of day 4) – Pakistan won by 95 runs