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1st Test: Pakistan Beat South Africa By 7 Wickets, Take Lead 1-0 (Match Report)

Sahil Mathur
By Sahil Mathur
January 29, 2021 • 17:43 PM View: 1800

Pakistan, needing 88 for victory, lost the wickets of openers Imran Butt (12), Abid Ali (10), and skipper Babar Azam (31) before Azhar Ali (31 not out) and Fawad Alam (4 not out) made sure the hosts didn't suffer any hiccups during their chase. 

In the first innings, the visitors were bundled out for 220 before Pakistan replied with 378, gaining a healthy 158-run lead. Left-handed batsman Fawad had scored a brilliant 109 while Faheem Ashraf and Babar also made useful contributions of 64 and 51 respectively.

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It was a spinners' battle on a brownish wicket, allowing Nauman to record figures of 7-73 and Yasir 7-133. In contrast, South Africa's spinners managed just four wickets.

It was only Pakistan's fifth victory against South Africa in 27 Tests.

The two teams will next face each other in the second and final Test beginning February 4 in Rawalpindi.



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