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Pak vs SA: Pakistan begin last day of Rawalpindi Check on constructive be aware

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South Africa´s Rassie van der Dussen (R) is clear bowled by Pakistan´s Hasan Ali (not pictured) throughout the fifth and last day of the second Check cricket match between Pakistan and South Africa on the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi on February 8, 2021. -AFP
  • Hasan Ali took the wicket of Rassie van der Dussen in first over.
  • South Africa want one other 243 runs to win the Check and stage the collection. 
  • South Africa completed the fourth day on 127-1 with Aiden Markram on 59 and Dussen unbeaten on 48.

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan began the ultimate day of the Rawalpindi Check as they wished, taking the wicket of Rassie van der Dussen within the first over transferring nearer to the historic victory on Monday.

Pacer Hasan Ali clear bowled der Dussen in his first over elevating hopes of ending the collection on a constructive be aware.

Set a frightening 370-run goal, South Africa completed the fourth day on 127-1 with Aiden Markram on 59 and Dussen unbeaten on 48. The vacationers will want one other 243 runs to stage the collection on Monday.

Earlier, Pakistan have been helped to 298 all out of their second innings by a scintillating maiden hundred by wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan who completed on 115 not out.

Learn extra: Second Check at an fascinating stage, says former selector Iqbal Qasim

South Africa had misplaced opener Dean Elgar to quick bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi for 17 on the complete of 33, earlier than Markram and Dussen negated Pakistani spinners on a seemingly unresponsive pitch, having added 94 for the unbroken second wicket stand.

South Africa can take confidence from the truth that two targets of 300 plus have been chased within the final 20 days with India overhauling 324 in opposition to Australia in Brisbane on January 18 and West Indies scoring 395 in opposition to Bangladesh at Chattogram on Sunday — each on the final day.

Pakistan can take coronary heart from the truth that no group has chased greater than the 220 scored by Sri Lanka in 2000 in ten Exams in Rawalpindi, and that South Africa haven’t chased 250-plus since 2014.

South Africa’s assistant coach Enoch Nkwe hoped his group can cross the road.

“We need to build on this partnership (Markram-Dussen) as we know wickets can fall in cluster like the first Test,” stated Nkwe. “The pitch is playing well so the guys need to apply themselves to get to the target.”

Rizwan stated one wicket can open the door for Pakistan.

“Whenever we get one more wicket we are confident that we can catch them,” he stated. “We need this win and we have spoken positively about it.”

It was Rizwan who gave Pakistan a sniff of victory.

He was at his greatest, placing on a match-turning 97-run partnership for the ninth wicket with quantity ten batsman Nauman Ali who made 45, irritating the South Africans who have been on the lookout for a series-levelling win.

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