Pakistan lost early wickets after bowling South Africa out

The first day of the last Test match between South Africa and Pakistan was finished in an even position as Pakistan lost early wickets before stumps after bowling South Africa out for 262.

SA on top
Stand-in captain Dean Elgar won the toss and opted to bat first. The hosts lost their skipper early, but afterward, South Africa started to dominate the day as Markram (90) and Hashim Amla (41) built a solid partnership of 126 runs.

Theunis de Bruyn (49) and Zubayr Hamza (41) chipped in and kept South Africa on top. However, it all started to fall apart after the dismissal of de Bruyn.

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The hosts collapsed badly and bundled out for 262 runs in the end. They lost their last six wickets with only 33 runs on the board. Pakistan’s seam attack was right on action with Amir, Abbas and Hasan Ali all picked up 2 wickets each. Though, the pick of the bowler was Faheem Ashraf, who picked up three wickets.

In reply, Pakistan failed to end the day remaining on top as they lost two wickets before stumps. Azhar Ali departed for a golden-duck while Shan Masood departed for 2. Vernon Philander picked up both the wickets with Dale Steyn creating troubles from the other end.

Brief scores:

South Africa 262 (Aiden Markram 90; Faheem Ashraf 3-57) lead Pakistan 17/2 (Vernon Philander 2-1) by 245 runs

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