The dream of Pakistan to end the opening day of the Karachi Test on a high note has been shattered by the South African bowlers Rabada, Nortje and Maharaj.The green shirts bundled out South Africa for 220 runs but the Proteas bowlers struck in the final session and brought the team back into the match.
Both the Pakistani openers, Abid Ali and Imran Butt were removed by Rabada, while Maharaj took the big wicket of Pakistani skipper Babar Azam (7) in the third last over of the day. Shaheen Shah Afridi was sent in the middle as a nightwatchman but Nortje dismissed him for a 4-ball duck. Pakistan is still trailing South Africa by 187 runs.
At stumps former Pakistani captain Azhar Ali (5*) and Fawad Alam (5*) were present on the crease. Earlier South Africa who are visiting Pakistan after a span of 14 years, won the toss and opted to bat first on Tuesday. South Africa got off to a quick start and made 30 runs in the first 5 overs but after that Shaheen Shah Afridi dismissed Aiden Markram who made 13 runs off 16 balls.
Dean Elger continued from where he left against Sri Lanka series and made an impressive 33 runs partnership with Rassie Van Der Dussen. Van Der Dussen was then sent home for 17 after a stunning fielding effort from Babar Azam. Former South African skipper Faf du Plessis was the next to walk in and he along with Elgar took the Proteas total past 100 but Pakistan pnce again was successful in breaking a partnership which was budding.
Du Plessis was the victim of Yasir Shah and the skipper Quinton de Kock was the next to depart after making 15 runs. De Kock was followed by Dean Elgar, the highest run scorer of the Proteas innings. Debutant Nauman Ali got both de Kock and Elgar in consecutive overs. At 136 for 5 South Africa was in dire straits but all rounder Linde (35) and Kagiso Rabada (21*) helped them cross 200 mark.