Medium pacer Hasan Ali took a maiden ten-wicket haul to help Pakistan win its first series against South Africa since 2003 with a 95-run victory in the second Test on the fifth and final day in Rawalpindi on Monday. Hasan finished with 5-60 to record his best match figures of 11-114 and help dismiss South Africa — who were set a daunting 370 to chase — for 274 before the tea break. Hasan’s new-ball partner Shaheen Shah Afridi finished with 4-51, while spinner Yasir Shah took the last wicket to spark jubilation among the Pakistan players.
Pakistan had set South Africa a daunting target of 370 to win. Opener Aiden Markram scored a fighting 108 and Temba Bavuma 61. They added 106 runs together for the fourth wicket to give Pakistan a real scare. But Pakistan took the second new ball and wrapped up the last seven wickets for just 33 runs to bowl South Africa all out for 274.
Pakistan’s new Test captain Babar Azam said Monday they can get even better after a historic first series win against South Africa since 2003. He led Pakistan to a 2-0 sweep over the Proteas in Rawalpindi on Monday in a hard-fought 95-run win on the fifth and final day of the second Test “It’s a welcome sign but we have to further improve,” said an elated Azam, who was leading Pakistan for the first time. “It was a much-needed win and the best part of this series win is that now we are number five in Test rankings.”The win lifted Pakistan above South Africa in the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings, jumping two places to fifth, their best standing since January 2017. Victory also came on the back of a humiliating 2-0 defeat in New Zealand — a series that Azam missed due to a fractured thumb.
Medium pacer Hasan Ali — recalled after a year on the sidelines with multiple injuries — took 5-60 to finish with 10-114 in the match. “Hasan was outstanding, he came after a year but showed character. Yes, at lunch we were thinking that it’s getting away.
Historic win –
Hasan dismissed George Linde for four to record his third five-wicket haul as he improved upon his previous best match figures of 7-83 against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi in 2018.
In the morning, both teams were involved in a keen battle for victory as South Africa resumed on 127-1, knowing the best chase at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in ten previous Tests was the 200 scored by Sri Lanka in 2000.
South Africa saw Dussen bowled off a beautiful inswinger by Hasan — only the third ball of the day — while Du Plessis was leg-before to the same bowler in the fifth over of the morning.
It capped a sub-par series for the experienced Du Plessis who managed just 55 in four innings.
This is Pakistan’s only second Test series win over South Africa in 12 attempts, having lost eight and drawn three.
Pakistan last beat South Africa 1-0 in a two-match series at home in 2003.
Pakistan South Africa
272/10(114.3 ov) 201/10(65.5ov)
298/10(102.0ov) 274/10(91.4 ov)