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  • Hasan Ali credit child him and spouse expect for stellar efficiency at present
  • The precise-arm quick pacer took 11 wickets within the Take a look at match
  • Pakistan win collection in opposition to South Africa 2-0

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan right-arm pacer Hasan Ali intrigued lots of people when after taking a wicket, adopted up his normal generator-styled celebration with one other one.  

After bowling out a South African batsman and doing the generator transfer, Hasan Ali celebrated the wicket by making a cradling movement together with his arms. The transfer left many puzzled, till sports activities journalist Saj Sadiq said that the transfer was as a result of baby Hasan Ali was anticipating together with his spouse.

“The celebration was because Mr and Mrs Hassan Ali are expecting their first child next month,” tweeted Sadiq. 

Through the post-match press convention, Hasan Ali credited the newborn for his stellar efficiency. “Credit goes to the baby,” he mentioned after taking 11 wickets within the second Take a look at match and profitable Pakistan the collection. “I believe God is blessing me because of the child me and my wife are expecting.”

Hasan mentioned that his spouse had additionally arrived on the stadium to look at the match therefore he wished to do effectively understanding she was watching him from the stands. 

Magnificent Pakistan whitewash South Africa in Take a look at collection

Hasan completed with 5-60 to file his finest match figures of 11-114 and assist dismiss South Africa — who have been set a frightening 370 to chase — for 274 earlier than the tea break.

Hasan’s new-ball companion Shaheen Shah Afridi completed with 4-51, whereas spinner Yasir Shah took the final wicket to spark jubilation among the many Pakistan gamers.

Opener Aiden Markram scored a preventing 108 and Temba Bavuma 61.

They placed on a 106-run stand for the fourth wicket to offer Pakistan a scare.

Markram took a single off the final ball earlier than lunch as South Africa reached the break on 219-3, needing 151 for a win.

However Hasan ripped by the vacationers’ batting order, which misplaced seven wickets for simply 33 runs with the second new ball.

Hasan struck with the second over of the brand new ball to finish Markram’s resistance by getting the opener caught within the slip and finish his 335-minute combat.

Markram’s fifth Take a look at century — the primary outdoors South Africa — included 13 boundaries and three sixes.

Subsequent ball, Hasan had Quinton de Kock caught within the slip for nought, ending the South African skipper’s depressing collection with simply 46 runs.

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam was delighted with the win.

“Thanks to South Africa for coming and playing competitive cricket,” mentioned Azam. “Hasan’s comeback after one year was great and he showed great character.”

Hasan was sidelined for greater than a 12 months with a number of accidents however got here again strongly with 12 wickets within the collection.

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