Proteas comeback strong against Pakistan on day three

ISLAMABAD:South African all-rounder George Linde and spinner Keshav Maharaj proved fatal for the Pakistani batsmen as the green-shirts lost six wickets on day three of the second Test at Pindi Stadium, Rawalpindi on Saturday.

Despite the five-wicket haul from pacer Hasan Ali the Pakistani batsmen failed to create magic in the second innings and lead by 200 runs for the loss of six wickets.

Pakistan’s top order yet again failed as Imran Butt 0 and Abid Ali 13 were dismissed in the 5th and 17th over, respectively in the second innings.

Imran was trapped lbw by Rabada as the ball hit him in front of middle stump and was given by the umpire while Abid went straight into the keeper’s gloves down the leg side in Maharaj’s over.

The second highest scorer (77) of the first innings Skipper Babar Azam (8) went early as he was trapped lbw by Maharaj in the 23rd over. Babar looked to defend, but the ball whizzed past the inside edge of the bat and hit his front pad.

George Linde destroyed the middle order of Pakistan as he took two major wickets of Azhar Ali (lbw) 33 and danger man Fawad Alam 12 in the 32nd and 36th over, respectively. Linde struck again in the 50th over and took the highest scorer (78) of the first innings Faheem Ashraf on 29.

Meanwhile, Hasan bagged two wickets on the second day while took three on the third. He bagged wickets of Elgar 15 and Rassie van der Dussen 0 on day two while took wicket of George Linde 22, Keshav Maharaj 1 and Arnich Nortje 0 on day three. Shaheen Shah Afridi, Faheem Ashraf and Nauman Ali took one wicket each.

Afridi struck early morning on day three as he grabbed the South African Skipper Quinton de Kock in the 31st over when he tried to drive the ball away from his body, but an inside edge crashed into the leg stump. Quinton de Kock was out for a 20-ball 29.

South Africa were 106 runs for four in 28 overs and trailed by 166 runs at end of the second day. South Africa lost its 6th wicket of Wiaam Mulder who was run out as he attempted to make second run in the 54th over while George Linde 22 and Keshav Maharaj 1 was bold by Hasan in the 58th and 62nd overs, respectively, who made a comeback in the Pakistan team after June 2019.

Hasan also bagged two wickets on day two of Dean Elgar 15 and Rassie van der Dussen 0.

The 66th over bowled by Hasan saw the last two wickets coming. Kagiso Rabada was run out by Abid Ali on a duck while Arnich Nortje 0 was dismissed by Hasan. South African was all out of 201 runs in 65.4 overs.