Rizwan’s maiden ton leaves SA with uphill task


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Mohammad Rizwan batted superbly with the lower order to help Pakistan set South Africa a target of 370 on Day 4 of the second Test in Rawalpindi. Starting the day at 129 for 6, Pakistan were in danger of being bowled out cheaply. ButRizwan showcased his skills under pressure, and had confidence in both Yasir Shah and Nauman Ali with whom he added 53 and 97 respectively for the eighth and ninth wicket, to help Pakistan finish with 298 that left South Africa with an uphill task, even as George Linde's spirited bowling earned him a five-wicket haul.

South Africa were steady in the chase with Dean Elgar’s four fours off Hasan Ali helping them get a move on while Aiden Markram wasn't in any hurry to get off the mark. When he finally scored his first runs, off his 23rd ball, it was thanks to his good footwork as he came down the track to send a Nauman Ali delivery over midwicket for a four. The next ball was glanced away fine by Markram who survived a leg-before review in the same over before coming down the track to the left-arm spinner to send the ball over the long-on fence. The opening stand, however, came to an end when Elgar chased a delivery outside off from Afridi as the visitors went into Tea on Sunday (February 7) at 37 for 1.