Pakistani spinners Yasir Shah and Nauman Ali grabbed three wickets in a ten-run timeframe to stop South Africa’s fightback on the third day of the first test in Karachi on Thursday. When it appeared that South Africa would tie the day after wiping out Pakistan’s big 158-run first innings lead, Yasir struck twice and Nauman once to leave the tourists at 187-4. Night watchman Keshav Maharaj was unbeaten at second and skipper Quinton de Kock had yet to score, as South Africa now leads with 29 runs with six second innings wickets in hand.
Previously, Pakistan scored 378 to take a crucial lead on the total of 220 in South Africa’s first innings.
Opener Aiden Markram, who scored a polished 74 for his 8th fifty, added 127 for the second wickets with Rassie van der Dussen scoring a solid 64.
But Yasir, with numbers 3-53, changed the scenario by jailing Dussen and then holding Faf Du Plessis leg-before for ten, while Nauman had Markram caught by a close-in fielder to make a collapse of three cause wickets in 33 balls.
Markram, who was dropped on 27 by Pakistani skipper Babar Azam from spinner Yasir, also had a leg-for decision quashed on four.
Dussen also had a leg-for decision overturned at 56. Markram hit ten boundaries and Dussen five.
Both Yasir and Nauman will pose a major threat to South Africa on a fourth day National Stadium Field, which produced 14 wickets on day one, four on the second and six on the third.
South Africa got off to a confident start with Markram and Dean Elgar defying Pakistan’s attack, and were 37 without a loss at lunch.
Elgar, in apparent discomfort after being hit in the left hand by a rising delivery from pacemaker Shaheen Shah Afridi, was caught by diving wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan at Yasir for 29.
In the morning, Pakistan’s tail added 70 runs to frustrate South Africa, which was looking for fast wickets.
Kagiso Rabada, South Africa’s spearhead, pitched Hasan Ali for 21 and reached 200 wickets in his 44th Test.
Rabada, 25, is the eighth South African to have completed 200 or more test wickets.
Pakistan was 323-9 at the time, but Yasir and Nauman added 55 valuable runs for the final wicket.
Yasir, who scored a test century in Australia in 2019, hit a six and four fours in his 38 not out, while rookie Nauman scored three limits before falling to 24.
Rabada with 3-70 and spinner Maharaj, who took 3-90, were the choice of the South African bowlers.
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