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Pak vs SA: Proteas end fourth day on 127-1 as they chase 370-run goal by house crew

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South Africa’s Aiden Markram (C) and teammate Rassie van der Dussen (L) run between the wickets as Pakistan’s Shaheen Shah Afridi (R) watches throughout the fourth day of the second Check cricket match between Pakistan and South Africa on the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi on February 7, 2021. — AFP/Aamir Qureshi

RAWALPINDI: Aiden Markram hit a strong half century and Rassie van der Dussen gave him ready firm to provide South Africa hope of an inconceivable and intriguing win within the second Check in Rawalpindi on Sunday.

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

Pakistan hand South Africa 370-run goal after Rizwan’s preventing century

Earlier, Pakistan had 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.

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.

Markram, who didn’t rating off his first 22 balls, modified gears to achieve his fifth fifty off 71 balls and has thus far hit 9 boundaries and two sixes.

Dussen has thus far hit eight boundaries.

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 crew has chased greater than the 220 scored by Sri Lanka in 2000 in ten Assessments in Rawalpindi, and that South Africa haven’t chased 250-plus since 2014.

South Africa’s assistant coach Enoch Nkwe hoped his crew 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 had been in search of a series-levelling win.

Rizwan, dropped on 4 by Dussen off Keshav Maharaj on Friday, punished South Africa and quashed their hopes of a win with 115 not out, unfold over 292 minutes and laced with 15 boundaries.

He took a pointy single to achieve his hundred, surpassing his earlier better of 95 scored in opposition to Australia at Brisbane in November 2019.

The 97-run stand can also be a brand new document for the ninth wicket in opposition to South Africa, bettering the 80 runs scored between Azhar Mahmood and Shoaib Akhtar at Durban in 1998.

Spinner George Linde, who took 5-64, recorded his first five-wicket haul when he dismissed the final man Shaheen for 4. Maharaj completed with 3-118 whereas Kagiso Rabada had figures of 2-34.

Pakistan, resuming on 129-6, added 88 runs for the lack of Hasan Ali (5) and Yasir Shah (23) within the first session.

Hasan was the primary to go when he was trapped leg-before within the sixth over of the day however Yasir helped Rizwan placed on 53 for the eighth wicket in a cussed stand.

Linde, who dropped Yasir off his personal bowling when the batsman was on 15, lastly had him caught behind by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock to interrupt the stand.

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