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South Africa´s Keshav Maharaj (2R) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Pakistan´s Hasan Ali (not pictured) through the fourth day of the second Take a look at cricket match between Pakistan and South Africa on the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi on February 7, 2021. / AFP / Aamir QURESHI  
  • Rizwan scores combating half-century to place up some resistance
  • Linde grabs 4 wickets for South Africa
  • Pakistan lead by greater than 260 runs towards South Africa

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan try to hold on to the second Take a look at match, with Rizwan scoring a combating half-century to place up some resistance regardless of the inexperienced shirts’ batting order failing to impress towards the South African spin assault. 

Led by Linde, who took 4 wickets to place Pakistan on the again foot within the second Take a look at match at Rawalpindi, the South African spin assault took benefit of the pitch and dismissed Pakistani batsmen to place the house aspect below strain on day 3. 

On Saturday, Pakistan closed the day on 129-6 with an total lead of 200 and 4 wickets intact on a cheesy Rawalpindi stadium pitch which has cracks to assist sluggish bowlers.

Linde (3-12) and Maharaj (2-74) rattled Pakistan´s prime order earlier than Faheem Ashraf (29) and Mohammad Rizwan (28 not out) saved Pakistan´s blushes throughout their 52-run sixth wicket stand.

Linde eliminated Ashraf caught in covers, leaving Hasan Ali not out on nought when dangerous gentle ended the sport.

The day might have led to South Africa´s domination had Ashraf and Rizwan not been dropped off the 2 spinners.

Ashraf was but to get off the mark when Dean Elgar grassed an edge off Linde in slips whereas Rizwan was 4 when Rassie van der Dussen let off a pointy likelihood off Maharaj.

Pakistan would hope one other 50 runs on day 4 might win them the match and the sequence, having gained the primary Take a look at in Karachi by seven wickets.

Hasan stated batting wouldn´t be easy given the situations.

“Even chasing 200 won´t be easy on this pitch,” he stated. “We will try to get to 240 to 250 and with our spinners it won´t be easy.”

The very best goal chased within the earlier ten Assessments at this venue is 220 which Sri Lanka chased to beat Pakistan by two wickets in 2000.

Linde stated South Africa had been “hungry to win”.

“Obviously we have to win this Test to level the series,” he defined. “I think anything under 300, we will take that for a chase.”

Earlier, Hasan´s 5-54 — his second 5 wicket haul in Assessments — restricted South Africa´s first innings to 201, giving the house group a lead of 71.

Pakistan had made 272 of their first innings, however South Africa decreased them to 42-2 by tea.

Pakistan misplaced newcomer Imran Butt — managing simply 36 in 4 innings of his first sequence — within the fifth over, leg-before to pacer Kagiso Rabada for duck.

Butt´s companion, Abid Ali fell caught behind off Maharaj for 13, ending up with 33 within the sequence to spotlight Pakistan´s prime order woes.

Azhar, on 11, survived a assured leg-before attraction off Maharaj solely to see the referral confirmed it was the umpire´s name.

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