In a match of wavering fortunes, Hasan Ali’s 10-wicket haul ensured a 2-0 finish for Pakistan as they won the second Test by 95 runs on Monday (February 8). Aiden Markram scored his fifth Test ton and was involved in a 106-run stand with Temba Bavuma that kept South Africa in the hunt chasing 370. But Pakistan struck with the second new ball and the visitors suffered an all too familiar collapse as they lost their last six wickets for 33 runs to suffer their ninth successive loss in a Test match in Asia.
Hasan swung the pendulum in Pakistan’s favour when he got Markram to edge to slip, and the centurion kept striking his pad in disgust with the way he got out. Quinton de Kock’s disappointing run continued as he fell to an ugly shot, going for an expansive drive and paid for it with a golden duck.
Bavuma was South Africa’s last ray of hope but the middle order batsman fell for 61 getting a thin edge off Shaheen Afridi. Next was celebration time for Hasan who had George Linde caught at point to bag a 10-wicket haul for the first time in his Test career. This was also Pakistan’s first 10 wicket haul since Yasir Shah bagged one against New Zealand in November 2018. Afridi pocketed two more wickets to finish with four in the innings while Yasir picked up the last to help Pakistan complete the demolition work.
Earlier, South Africa lost Rassie van der Dussen in the first over of the day, bowled by Hasan who also trapped Faf du Plessis in front a few overs later. But South Africa did well to recover from the early blows as Markram and Bavuma batted with discipline to keep the bowlers at bay while also scoring at a steady rate. Yasir Shah did go past the bat a few times but the batsmen put that behind them as they built a good partnership, capitalising on the loose deliveries, rotating the strike while being solid with their defence.
Markram, like he did on Day 4, was also confident coming down the track to Yasir to dispatch one over the long-off fence. Bavuma, meanwhile, got a thick outside edge for a four when he tried to cut a Faheem Ashraf delivery. But he made no mistake when Yasir bowled one short, cutting with authority and also creamed a drive through cover off Nauman Ali while Markram executed a slog sweep. With a single off Fawad Alam off the last ball before the break, Markram got to three figures for the first time in 27 innings.
The opener continued handling the bowlers without any problems in the post-lunch period, as did Bavuma who reached fifty while the partnership crossed the 100-run mark. But the second new ball changed the fortunes quickly, with Hasan and Afridi running through South Africa.
Hasan was also the hero in the first innings, helping Pakistan gain a crucial lead of 71 runs by bowling South Africa out for 201. Anrich Nortje and Linde also bagged fifers in the first and second innings respectively but Pakistan’s lower order contributions, coupled with South Africa’s inability in the same department, led to the downfall of the visiting side.
Brief Scores : Pakistan 271 (Faheem Ashraf 78*, Babar Azam 77; Anrich Nortje 5-56) & 298 (Mohammad Rizwan 115, Nauman Ali 45; George Linde 5-64) beatSouth Africa 201 (Temba Bavuma 44*, Wiaan Mulder 33; Hasan Ali 5-54) & 274 (Aiden Markram 108, Temba Bavuma 61; Hasan Ali 5-60) by 95 runs.