- Pakistan in driving seat after Babar-Fawad stand, says former chief selector Iqbal Qasim
- Pakistan had misplaced three wickets for simply 22 within the first hour of the sport
- Qasim says Pakistan would have been in large bother in first innings if it weren’t for Babar, Fawad partnership
KARACHI: Pakistan is accountable for the second Check towards South Africa due to the 123-run unbeaten partnership of Babar Azam and Fawad Alam, says former chief selector Iqbal Qasim.
Pakistan had misplaced three wickets for simply 22 within the first hour of the sport as a terrific spell by left-arm Keshav Maharaj dismissed Imran Butt and Azhar.
Giving his opinion on the second Check, the previous Check cricketer stated Pakistan’s opening batsmen had been as soon as once more uncovered. “They are continuously struggling which is a concern as it puts pressure on the middle order,” he was quoted as saying by The Information.
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Qasim praised the efficiency of Baber and Fawad, saying they saved the Pakistan crew from “destruction” and “batted with responsibility”.
“If they had not played well, Pakistan would have been in big trouble in the first innings,” Qasim noticed.
He stated that each one the remaining batsmen ought to play responsibly and contribute sufficient on the second day to take Pakistan near 400.
Pakistan vs South Africa: What’s taking place within the second Check match?
Heavy rain delayed the resumption of the post-tea session on the opening day of the second Check match between Pakistan and South Africa on Thursday.
Babar Azam and Fawad Alam introduced Pakistan out of the woods with a 100 runs plus partnership, after the inexperienced shirts misplaced three fast wickets.
As gamers walked off the sphere on the tea break, it started to pour, with rain lashing the Rawalpindi stadium as groundsmen positioned the covers on the pitch and adjoining space.
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Play was as a consequence of resume at 3:00 PM native time (1000 GMT) however persistent rain stored gamers within the dressing rooms.
Pakistan, who received the toss and batted, had been 145-3 on the tea break with skipper Babar Azam on 77 not out and Fawad Alam unbeaten on 42.
Pakistan leads the two-match sequence 1-0 after profitable the primary Check in Karachi by seven wickets.
Pakistan had been struggling at 63-3 at lunch on the primary day of Rawalpindi Check after South Africa left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj took two wickets in successive overs on Thursday.
On the break, skipper Babar Azam was unbeaten on 24 with Fawad Alam on 16 not out on a flat, brownish Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium pitch.
Pakistan, who received the toss and batted, reached 21 with out loss earlier than throwing away three wickets for one run within the house of 23 balls.
Pakistan lead the two-match sequence 1-0 after profitable the primary Check in Karachi by seven wickets.