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Pakistan win by 7 wickets in 1st Test against Proteas

By The Assam Tribune
Pakistan win by 7 wickets in 1st Test against Proteas

Karachi, Jan 29: Spinners Nauman Ali and Yasir Shah rattled South Africa to help Pakistan win the first Test by seven wickets inside four days on Friday.
Nauman, a 34-year-old left-arm spinner making his Test debut, returned with 5/35 and Shah took 4/79 to dismiss South Africa for 245 in the second innings before lunch on day four.

It set up a small target of 88 and despite Anrich Nortje’s (2/24) twin strike in one over, Pakistan reached 90/3 before tea in 22.5 overs.

Azhar Ali remained unbeaten on 31 while Fawad Alam raised the victory with a boundary off left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.

It was only Pakistan’s fifth victory in 27 Test matches against South Africa, which had won at the same venue when it last toured in 2007.

Nauman and Shah shared 14 wickets in the match as South African batsmen struggled against spinners in both innings.

The win also earned Babar Azam success in his first Test as Pakistan skipper. Babar was due to lead the side in the last series in New Zealand but missed it due to a fractured thumb

Nortje clean bowled Abid Ali (10) and then had Imran Butt (12), playing his first Test, caught behind before Maharaj had Babar (30) trapped leg before wicket when only two runs were needed for victory.

Pakistan had been in control since taking a 158-run first-innings lead, when its lower order rallied from 27/4 to reach 378, helped by Alam’s gritty century.
Brief scores: South Africa 220 and 245 (Aiden Markram 74, Rassie van der Dussen 64; Nauman Ali 5/35). Pakistan 378 and 90/3 (Azhar Ali 31 not out, Babar Azam 30; Anrich Nortje 2/45). – AP

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