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Pakistan must be thoroughly pleased by their 2-0 clean sweep over South Africa, winning the Test by 95 runs.

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Pratyay Tiwari
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After India’s Gabba heroics and the Chattogram heist only yesterday by a fairly young side of West Indies, South Africa’s hopes of leveling the series at Rawalpindi by chasing 370 were kept alive until the second session by Aiden Markram and Temba Bavuma. However, a characteristic collapse by South Africa – they went to 274 all out from 241/4 – led to the demise of those hopes soon.

Pakistan began the day on a positive note as Hasan Ali struck twice in the first half an hour, removing Rassie van der Dussen and Faf du Plessis. Dussen was undone by a peach of a delivery that swung late before taking a feather-edge of his bat and finishing on his stumps. Continuing with his quiet form in the series thus far, Faf du Plessis was trapped lbw by one that kept quite low before crashing into his front pad.

Coming ahead of skipper Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma played the perfect foil to Markram, who scored his fifth Test century, growing in confidence with every moment he spent at the crease. Bavuma, from his end, exuded promise as he tackled the spinners with ease, sweeping and using the crease to perfection. Adding 106 for the fourth wicket, the duo had hardly put a foot wrong until Markram edged a length delivery from Hasan Ali to Imran Butt behind, resuming after Lunch.

South Africa slips after Hasan’s twin strikes

Hasan Ali lured Quinton de Kock into a drive on the immediately following delivery as the South African skipper could not evade the urge of driving a full delivery outside the off stump, which eventually landed straight into the hands of wicketkeeper after taking a thick edge of his bat. New man Wiaan Mulder stuck around for a brief while with Bavuma, although the visitors’ hopes took a severe blow when Bavuma faintly nicked a Shaheen Afridi delivery behind soon after Pakistan had taken the new ball.

Pakistan took only four more overs to wrap the tail up as George Linde edged Hasan Ali to point before Keshav Maharaj perished to Shaheen Afridi while driving a length delivery, only to be caught in the slips. Afridi picked his fourth, bowling through the gates of Kagiso Rabada to give him a taste of his own medicine, as the ball came in just a little bit before thrashing into his stumps. Though Yasir Shah denied a fifer for Afridi as he knocked Mulder’s stumps down in the 92nd over, Pakistan must be thoroughly pleased by their 2-0 clean sweep over South Africa, winning the Test by 95 runs.