Pakistan Wins Toss, Will Bat In 2nd Test Vs South Africa

Pakistan Wins Toss, Will Bat In 2nd Test Vs South Africa

While Keshav Maharaj got the first two dismissals, Anrich Nortje has Aiden Markram to thank for his wicket.

Bbar, who managed just seven and 30 in the first Test, returned to his stylish best, having so far punched 12 boundaries in his 16th Test half-century.

Earlier, Pakistan, who won the toss and batted, reached 21 without loss before throwing away three wickets for one run in the space of 23 balls.

Azhar Ali struggled for nine deliveries but fell for zero when Maharaj trapped the former Pakistan skipper leg before wicket off a full pitched delivery that skidded through the right-hander. Rabada was brought back late in the session but Babar and Fawad kept him at bay as they went into the break unbeaten.

Nauman, 34, and experienced legspinner Yasir Shah bagged 14 wickets and skittled South Africa for two below-par totals of 220 and 245 in the first test.

Babar was aware that Pakistan has a great opportunity to clinch the series and said the win at Karachi has given the team enough confidence for the second test.

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Senior Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez too followed, caught and bowled by Naveed Ul Haq, for 20 in the eighth over. Abu Dhabi bowled tightly challenging Warriors to score 31 runs off the last two overs and 15 off the final over.

"We will be more focused and will try to get the result in our favor", Babar told reporters during a virtual press conference on Wednesday. "We don't want to relax after taking the lead and will push for 2-0".

They stand to rise two places to fifth in the rankings with a series victory, while defeat would push South Africa down from fifth to sixth.

No fracture was detected after Proteas spinner George Linde underwent an X-ray on his finger on Thursday.

De Kock was appointed at the start of the worldwide Test season, but Cricket South Africa made it clear that he would only serve in a temporary capacity until a long-term solution was found.

Pakistan, meanwhile, have Fawad Alam and their spinners to thank for the win in the first Test. Azhar Ali and Faheem Ashraf also did well with the bat but they'll be hoping for the rest of the top order to do the job.

Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma, Keshav Maharaj and Rassie van der Dussen have all been mentioned as options but, of that quartet, only Maharaj has established himself in the Test side.

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