Mid-size pacer Hasan Ali took a ten-wicket first flight to help Pakistan win its first series against South Africa since 2003 with a 95-run victory in the second test on the fifth and final day at Rawalpindi on Monday. Hasan finished 5-60 to record his best match scores of 11-114, sending South Africa – which had a daunting 370 behind – for 274 for the tea break. Hasan’s new ball partner Shaheen Shah Afridi finished 4-51, while spinner Yasir Shah took the last wicket to spark jubilation among the Pakistani players.
Opener Aiden Markram scored a fight with 108 and Temba Bavuma 61.
They set up a 106-run grandstand for the fourth wicket to scare Pakistan.
Markram singled to the last ball before lunch when South Africa reached halftime at 219-3 and needed 151 to win.
But Hasan tore through the tourists’ batting order, losing seven wickets for just 33 runs with the second new ball.
Hasan struck with the second over from the new ball to end Markram’s resistance by getting the opener into the slip and ending his 335-minute fight.
Markram’s fifth Test century – the first outside South Africa – comprised 13 borders and three sixes.
The next ball had caught Hasan Quinton de Kock in the slip for nothing, ending the South African skipper’s miserable streak with just 46 runs.
– Historical victory –
Hasan fired George Linde for four to pick up his third five-wicket swipe while improving his previous best match scores of 7-83 against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi in 2018.
In the morning, both teams were engaged in a fierce battle for victory as South Africa resumed at 127-1, knowing that the best chase at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in ten previous tests was the 200 Sri Lanka scored in 2000.
South Africa saw Dussen bowling a beautiful inswinger through Hasan – only the third ball of the day – while Du Plessis was leg-before for the same bowler in the morning’s fifth.
It covered an underperformance for the experienced Du Plessis, who only managed to score 55 in four innings.
This is Pakistan’s only second win over South Africa in 12 tries, after eight losses and three draws.
Pakistan last defeated South Africa 1-0 in a series of two games at home in 2003.
Pakistan won the first test with seven wickets in Karachi.
The series against South Africa – which toured Pakistan for the first time in 14 years – is the largest hosted by the home side since a tour of Sri Lanka in 2009.
The series win also moves Pakistan to fifth place in the international test rankings – the first time they’ve made it to the top five since January 2017.
South Africa is moved from fifth to sixth place.
The two teams will now play three Twenty20 internationals on February 11, 13 and 14, all in Lahore.
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