Debutant Nauman Ali took five wickets and fellow spinner Yasir Shah took four to give Pakistan a seven-wicket victory in the first test against South Africa in Karachi on Friday. Nauman finished 5-35 and Yasir took 4-79 as South Africa dropped to 245 all-out in their second innings on the fourth day on a worn-out National Stadium field favored by spin bowlers. Pakistan, which needed 88 to win, lost openers Abid Ali, Imran Butt and Babar Azam for a total of 52 runs before hitting the goal in 22.5 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the two match series.
The second test starts on February 4 in Rawalpindi.
Azhar Ali was 31 not out while Fawad Alam – who hit a fighting hundred in the first innings – hit the winning line.
It was only Pakistan’s fifth win against South Africa in 27 tests.
Anrich Nortje threw Abid over in the first after lunch, then trailing Butt to finish 2-24.
Azam, on his debut captaining Test, was previously rejected by Keshav Maharaj.
It was a spinner fight on a brownish wicket, allowing Nauman to score 7-73 and Yasir 7-133. In contrast, the South Africa spinners managed only four wickets.
Pakistan had taken a crucial lead of 158 runs in the first innings, thanks to a century of fighting from Fawad and half a century from Faheem Ashraf and Azhar.
The writing was on the wall when South Africa lost night watchman Maharaj on the first ball of the day, thrown for two by pacemaker Hasan Ali.
South African skipper Quinton de Kock had a miserable 50th test when he followed his 15th in the first innings with just two runs when he was caught on a lazy push-off by Yasir.
Temba Bavuma, who scored 40, added 42 for the seventh wicket with George Linde before being the last man when Nauman took the last four wickets in a quick 22 balls.
He sent Linde for 11, Kagiso Rabada for a single run and Anrich Nortje for a duck, before removing Bavuma, to become the 12th Pakistani bowler to take five wickets in one innings on his debut.
South Africa is touring Pakistan for the first time in 14 years.
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