Hasan, Afridi bowl Pakistan to series win over South Africa

By: News Desk
Published: 01:36 PM, 8 Feb, 2021
Hasan, Afridi bowl Pakistan to series win over South Africa
Caption: Pakistan's Hasan Ali celebrates with teammate Azhar Ali after taking the wicket of South Africa's Aiden Markram (L) during the fifth and final day of the second Test cricket match between Pakistan and South Africa. AFP
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Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali Monday became the 10th pacer who took 5 wickets in both innings of a Test as Pakistan beat South Africa by 95 runs in the second Test for a clean sweep in the series.

It was Pakistan’s first series victory over South Africa since 2002.

Hasan brought Pakistan back in the match after a fourth-wicket partnership between Aiden Markram and Temba Bavuma looked threatening and the match was almost slipped from Pakistan’s fingers.

However, Hasan took two wickets on two balls to remove century-maker Markram and Proteas captain Quinton de Kock to open the floodgates for Pakistan.

After that, Shaheen Shah Afridi was equally lethal with the ball as he also took three wickets in quick session and Hasan completed his five-wicket haul to take Pakistan to an emphatic victory on home soil.

When Yasir Shah took the last wicket, Pakistan players went into wild celebrations.

It was also the first series win for Babar Azam as Test captain.

South Africa opener Markram hit a century to help the Proteas recover from Hasan Ali's double strike on the fifth and final day. Markram drove the last ball before lunch from Fawad Alam to wide mid-on for a single to reach his fifth Test century -- the first outside South Africa.

Temba Bavuma scored 61 as he along with Markram guided South Africa to 241-3 in pursuit of a daunting 370-run target in a possible 65 overs. Markram, who hit 12 boundaries and three sixes, added 84 runs for the fourth wicket with Bavuma after Rassie van der Dussen fell on his overnight score of 48 and Faf du Plessis for five.

Resuming on 127-1, South Africa saw Dussen bowled off a beautiful inswinger by Hasan -- only the third ball of the day -- while Du Plessis was leg-before to the same bowler in the fifth over of the morning. It capped a miserable series for the experienced Du Plessis who managed just 55 in four innings. Pakistan won the first Test in Karachi by seven wickets.

Hasan finished with figures of 5-50 while Afridi with 4-51.

In terms of individual performers, Markram is the only man to get 200+ runs in the two-match Test series, and Pakistan's top scorer is Faheem Ashraf, at an average of 85.50. Among the bowlers, Hasan finishes with 12 scalps, Maharaj with 10, Nortje 9 and Yasir-Nauman have 8 each.

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