Present Match Report – Pakistan vs. South Africa 2nd Check 2020/21


South Africa lost their last five for 37 runs and didn’t skip Temba Bavuma on 44

Innings South Africa 201 all break out (Bavuma 44 *, Hasan Ali 5-54) Trail Pakistan 272 (Faheem 78 *, Nortje 5-56) v by 71 runs

Hasan Ali took the second fifteen of his testing career and cleaned up the South African tail to give Pakistan a 71 run lead. Hasan used the back swing on a surface where the ball stays low.

South Africa lost their last five for 37 runs and didn’t skip Temba Bavuma on 44.

Also noteworthy was Pakistan’s excellent effort in this area. Between Hasan’s gates was Abid Ali’s run-out of Kagiso Rabada, Pakistan’s second run-out of the test and fourth in the series. Abid pulled a one-handed pickup truck and threw it off the top. His one-shot hit beat Rabada’s lazy run when Temba Bavuma pushed for a single.

It was a rare moment of urgency from Bavuma, who led the South African resistance with characteristic stoicism but ran out of partners as the defense of the rest of the lineup abandoned them, starting with Quinton de Kock.

The South African captain was in the same aggressive mood as on the second night and was eager to drive away from his body against Shaheen Shah Afridi, but he played the shot too often. De Kock pushed the 10th ball he was facing onto the stump of his leg after adding just five runs to his overnight result. He has now scored 74 runs in five Test innings since he was named temporary test captain. His recent deployment of 29 only helped the guide load affect his shape.

On the next round, Bavuma lbw was dispensed to a Hasan shipment that was jammed in the front pad, but he checked the decision and found it was inside-edged on his pads. That only put Bavuma further into his sleeve when he relied on his defense and patience and scored just five runs out of the first 42 balls he faced, including just two shots on goal.

The go-slow has got its pitfalls, in particular that it can cause innings to stagnate, but Bavuma had a more proactive partner in Mulder on the other end. Although the pair didn’t spin much at first, Mulder found confidence against both pace and spin, which was underscored when he descended the track to beat Yasir Shah for six over long periods.

Pakistan was hoping they had seen the last of him when Mulder, 25, was tapped on the front pad and checked by Hasan, although a clear sound indicated an inside edge. Reruns confirmed that Mulder hit the ball. He went on to whip Hasan the fine leg later as his confidence grew. His partnership with Bavuma peaked at 50, South Africa’s highest of the game, and was designed to grow to much more. But two overs later, Mulder played a shot in the same area and wanted two runs of it. But he took Shaheen’s arm and lost. The fast bowler shot right over the bail with a strong throw so Mohammed Rizwan could collect and catch Mulder.

Pakistan was supposed to have another wicket when George Linde gloved a short ball from Hasan, but Rizwan wasn’t convinced. With the Mulder mistake in mind, Babar decided not to check much for Misbah-ul-Haq’s anger. He was seen in the locker room, suggesting Pakistan would have a third wicket. Linde made the most of his layoff and fought with freedom for a run-a-ball 21 before being thrown by a slower Hasan ball.

In the preliminary round before lunch, Yasir Shah had a tough chance on the third slip ahead of Keshav Maharaj and then Maharaj was awarded to Hasan, but the reps and reps showed the ball was missing a stump. It stopped not long after the break and was thrown two overs after lunch by a full Hasan ball that swung in late and took out the central stump. Bavuma scored the only other runs after that when Rabada ran out for a duck and threw the shoulder arms to Anrich Nortje Hasan from the first ball he faced.

Firdose Moonda is the ESPNcricinfo correspondent in South Africa

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