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Pak vs SA: Keshav Maharaj thinks Proteas are ‘nonetheless within the recreation’ as second day of Take a look at match concludes

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South African cricketer Keshav Maharaj hopes to show the sport round in coming matches. SCREENGRAB
  • Pakistan is in lead with 88 runs in opposition to South Africa on the finish of day two Take a look at.
  • Proteas spinner stated that South Africa managed the run charge all through the sport which has given his facet an edge
  • The South African cricketer praised Fawad Alam’s spectacular inning.

KARACHI: South African cricketer Keshav Maharaj opined that his facet can nonetheless flip the sport round within the Karachi Take a look at regardless of Pakistan taking an 88-run lead in opposition to South Africa on the finish of day two on Wednesday.

Talking to media by way of a web based convention, the 30-year-old participant stated that the South African workforce will “try to get the remaining two wickets of Pakistan quickly on the third morning in order to put a good score on the board” earlier than asking the host to bat once more within the 4th innings.

Learn extra: Pak vs SA: Males in Inexperienced at 308-8 on day two of Take a look at in reply to Proteas’ 220

Responding to a query about who leads the second day of the check match, Maharaj stated: “I think Pakistan is obviously in the lead so I’ll probably give a little bit more to them”.

However, the Proteas spinner added that he doesn’t think South Africa falls behind in terms of who wins the day because his side “controlled the run rate throughout.”

“We didn’t let the scoring rate get out of hand and that’s still under three runs an over. So, you know hopefully tomorrow we can get the two wickets up and put a substantial score on the board and turn the test match around to be able to put ourselves in a position to win this test match,” Maharaj hoped.

Replying to a query, Maharaj stated that he feels that his facet “did properly on day two regardless of dropping catches and never getting a lot help from the wicket.”

He went on to add that the wicket now “seems to be good and the batsman can nonetheless rating good runs” there giving an example of Fawad Alam, who scored a century in today’s match.

Read more: ‘Never give up’: Fawad Alam smashes another ton

“I think it’s actually still a good wicket, Fawad just showed if you put even a bit of application, you can bat along and score runs. I think it’s still a decent wicket. I’m not quite sure if it’s going to deteriorate as it still has some footmarks from bowlers but that’s just worn and tear but for now, it seems like a good wicket,” he added.

The South African cricketer praised Fawad Alam’s inning saying that they’ll have to come with new plans against the Pakistani batsman who scored 109 to bring Pakistan back in the game.

Commenting about Alam’s flair in batting and his game overall, Maharaj said: “There were a few opportunities but it just fell into no man’s land. And, I think that was our plan, especially after seeing him play. There were a few catches put down and half chances here and there”.

“So honest play to him however we now have to provide you with another plans within the subsequent innings and clearly in for the second check match,” the South African bowler concluded.

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