Pakistan fight back after South Africa’s steady effort

The first Test between Pakistan and South Africa in Karachi continues to surprise, as the visitors now have a 29-run lead with six wickets in hand at the end of third day’s play, thanks to some solid batting from Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen.

Pakistan fight back after South Africa's steady effort

Half centuries from Markran and van der Dussen meant the Proteas finished Day 3 with 187 for four on the scoreboard.

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However, things could have looked much better had they not lost the wicket of van der Dussen in the first ball of 68th over, and a little collapse not followed.

The visitors were on 175 runs for just one wicket, already having taken a lead of 19 runs, when Yasir Shah picked up the wicket of Rassie to bring Pakistan back in the game.

Faf du Plessis departed on team score of 185, making just 10, and Markram was also quick to follow to throw away all the advantage they had been looking poised to achieve.

Before dismissal, both Markram and van der Dussen looked slow but steady with the bat. While van der Dussen made 64 off 151 balls at a strike rate of 42.38, Markram was even slower in his 74 off 224 balls at 33.04.

Keshav Maharaj and captain Quinton de Kock were batting at stumps of Day 3.

For Pakistan, Yasir Shah was the pick of the bowlers, striking thrice for 53 runs in 24 overs. Nauman Ali got the other wicket of Markram.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan resumed with overnight score of 308 for eight, and brilliant fighting spirit from Hasan Ali (21), Nauman Ali (24) and Yasir Shah (38 off 37 balls) made sure they put on 378 runs before getting skittled out.

Brief Scores: South Africa 220( Elgar 58, Linde 35; Shah 3-22) and 187 for 4 (Markram 74, van der Dussen 64; Shah 3-53) lead Pakistan 378 (Fawad 109, Faheem 64, Rabada 3-70, Maharaj 3-90) by 29 runs.

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