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1st Test, Karachi, January 26 - 29, 2021, South Africa tour of Pakistan
220 & 245
(T:88) 378 & 90/3

Pakistan won by 7 wickets

Player Of The Match
South Africa 1st Innings
Pakistan 1st Innings
South Africa 2nd Innings
Pakistan 2nd Innings
Match Flow
South Africa 1st Innings 
c Babar Azam b Nauman Ali581061639054.71
c Imran Butt b Shaheen Shah Afridi1316233081.25
run out (Babar Azam/†Mohammad Rizwan)1730473056.66
c †Mohammad Rizwan b Yasir Shah2346574050.00
c Imran Butt b Nauman Ali1523271065.21
run out (Hasan Ali/†Mohammad Rizwan)1767760025.37
c sub (Mohammad Nawaz) b Hasan Ali3564955054.68
b Yasir Shah01114000.00
not out 2136473158.33
b Yasir Shah0913000.00
lbw b Shaheen Shah Afridi815222053.33
Extras(b 5, lb 1, nb 7)13
TOTAL69.2 Ov (RR: 3.17)220
Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Aiden Markram, 4.6 ov), 2-63 (Rassie van der Dussen, 15.2 ov), 3-108 (Faf du Plessis, 28.3 ov), 4-133 (Quinton de Kock, 35.2 ov), 5-136 (Dean Elgar, 37.4 ov), 6-179 (Temba Bavuma, 54.3 ov), 7-179 (Keshav Maharaj, 58.2 ov), 8-194 (George Linde, 61.2 ov), 9-195 (Anrich Nortje, 64.3 ov), 10-220 (Lungi Ngidi, 69.2 ov)
4.6 to AK Markram, taken! And what a catch at second slip. Good length ball angling away, looks to defend, takes the outside edge and second slip dives in front of first slip to take a low catch! The Pakistan team are in a huddle. 30/1
69.2 to L Ngidi, struck on the pads, and the umpire gives it! He came across a fair way and this looks dead, even though South Africa have reviewed. To no avail, though, that's hitting. Shaheen makes a difference pretty much straightaway, and South Africa end their innings with 220. 220/10
61.2 to GF Linde, and as soon as I say that, Hasan strikes! Pushes Linde onto the backfoot and instead of keeping it down, he scoops it straight to the man deep midwicket. Mohammad Nawaz, in as a substitute, completes an easy catch to send Linde on his way after a decent innings. 194/8
35.2 to Q de Kock, and de Kock falls trying to wallop Nauman over cow corner! It's one of those shots that looks AWFUL when it doesn't come off. He never got underneath it and scoops it straight to wide midwicket, where the excellent Imran Butt takes a sharp catch. De Kock is on his knees in disbelief, and Pakistan have a fourth. 133/4
37.4 to D Elgar, and SA are crumbling here. Elgar falls now! Played for spin that wasn't there, trying to punch it through the offside. Gets a juicy outside edge for a comfortable catch at first slip. Another one of those shots he won't exactly be proud of. It's been a good innings, but South Africa needed much, much more. 136/5
28.3 to F du Plessis, brilliant from Yasir, he's got the former South African captain! Beautifully flighted, classic legspinner. Drifted in and spun away from the right-hander, who's tentative push only succeeds in making contact with the outside edge. Sharp catch from Rizwan behind the stumps, and Yasir's enterprising start after lunch is rewarded. 108/3
58.2 to KA Maharaj, and he does! Wow that happened sooner than I expected! Maharaj played for the turn, but it went straight on and through the gate between bat and pad to crash into off stump. Maharaj gone, and South Africa sink further into trouble. 179/7
64.3 to A Nortje, castles him this time. That was almost like a flipper. Perfect length, with Nortje not sure whether to move forward or back, and could only watch helplessly as it cannons into the off stump. 195/9
Pakistan 1st Innings 
c sub (KD Petersen) b Rabada925291036.00
b Rabada49180044.44
c †de Kock b Maharaj511512204033.77
lbw b Maharaj730420023.33
b Nortje044000.00
c Bavuma b Ngidi1092453539244.48
c du Plessis b Ngidi3359836055.93
b Nortje64841289076.19
b Rabada2133532063.63
lbw b Maharaj2449823048.97
not out 38374841102.70
Extras(b 1, lb 7, nb 10)18
TOTAL119.2 Ov (RR: 3.16)378
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Abid Ali, 4.1 ov), 2-15 (Imran Butt, 6.4 ov), 3-26 (Babar Azam, 15.3 ov), 4-27 (Shaheen Shah Afridi, 16.2 ov), 5-121 (Azhar Ali, 53.6 ov), 6-176 (Mohammad Rizwan, 72.3 ov), 7-278 (Fawad Alam, 97.5 ov), 8-295 (Faheem Ashraf, 100.6 ov), 9-323 (Hasan Ali, 108.5 ov), 10-378 (Noman Ali, 119.2 ov)
4.1 to Abid Ali, off stump rattled! And that's the first Pakistan wicket. Good length ball, doesn't bounce as much, Abid Ali defends expecting the ball to come near his chest, but it stays a bit low, goes under the bat, and knocks off stump. Was also late into the shot, beaten by pace. 5/1
6.4 to Imran Butt, off the glove! Good length on off and seaming in, takes some extra bounce a he looks to defend. Hits the glove, pops up in the air, and the specific fielder at leg gully comes into play. Petersen the sub, and Butt's first Test innings ends after 25 deliveries. 15/2
108.5 to Hasan Ali, wicket number 200! Length ball angling in, and Hasan wants to slog leg side. Misses, and the ball crashes into middle stump. 323/9
16.2 to Shaheen Shah Afridi, and that's why there's merit in protecting the nightwatchman against such pace, especially when you've already faced 32 balls. Will Pakistan send another nightwatchman? That's absolutely gone through Shaheen. Full, fast, on middle, and it's broken middle stump before he could even get the bat down. 27/4
100.6 to Faheem Ashraf, Oh dear, Faheem will be disappointed! Nortje bowls a yorker, just outside off, and Faheem did well to get the bat down. The ball takes some back spin after hitting the bat, and then rolls back to dislodge the bails! His 64, though, was entertaining, at a strike-rate of almost 75. 295/8
72.3 to Mohammad Rizwan, edged and taken! And Rizwan's counter-attacking innings comes to an end. Reward for Ngidi as he drops his length, getting it to bounce a bit, and Rizwan's attempt at a poke behind point goes to the left of first slip instead. Dive from Faf, and he's pouched this well. 176/6
97.5 to Fawad Alam, the breakthrough has come! Full on middle, and the flick has gone straight to midwicket! Fawad is disappointed because of how well he struck that, but de Kock got the field spot on. Couldn't keep the ball down, and Ngidi is delighted. Been a difficult day for the SA pacers today. Applause all around as he walks out with yet another Test century. 278/7
15.3 to Babar Azam, full on off, and big appeal for lbw and given! Babar Azam reviews, but he seemed reluctant about it. This was full on off, skidding right through, a quicker ball if you will. He looked to defend with the bat in front of off stump, but it hits him near middle. No bat involved, and ball tracking shows three reds. Would've hit leg stump and Babar is out, Dar is right, Maharaj is ecstatic, and Pakistan are in trouble.. 26/3
53.6 to Azhar Ali, finally a wicket for South Africa. Azhar Ali perishes while trying to play a cut. Too full and too close. The shot wasn't on. Gets a thick outside edge and de Kock pouches it smartly. 121/5
119.2 to Nauman Ali, lbw appeal, given, but Nauman reviews anyway. This was a quicker ball, lands just outside off, and he misses the sweep. Hits him in front of off, goes under the bat too and the TV umpire confirms it's three reds. Nauman is out and Pakistan are all out for 378. 378/10
South Africa 2nd Innings 
c Abid Ali b Nauman Ali7422430410033.03
c †Mohammad Rizwan b Yasir Shah2945774064.44
c Abid Ali b Yasir Shah641512055042.38
lbw b Yasir Shah1021201047.61
b Hasan Ali27130028.57
c Abid Ali b Yasir Shah217270011.76
lbw b Nauman Ali40931133043.01
c Imran Butt b Nauman Ali1129642037.93
b Nauman Ali11118009.09
c Fawad Alam b Nauman Ali0810000.00
not out 3480075.00
Extras(lb 1, nb 7, w 1)9
TOTAL100.3 Ov (RR: 2.43)245
Fall of wickets: 1-48 (Dean Elgar, 16.1 ov), 2-175 (Rassie van der Dussen, 67.1 ov), 3-185 (Faf du Plessis, 71.6 ov), 4-185 (Aiden Markram, 72.3 ov), 5-187 (Keshav Maharaj, 75.1 ov), 6-192 (Quinton de Kock, 78.2 ov), 7-234 (George Linde, 92.6 ov), 8-238 (Kagiso Rabada, 96.6 ov), 9-240 (Anrich Nortje, 98.5 ov), 10-245 (Temba Bavuma, 100.3 ov)
75.1 to KA Maharaj, what a start to the day! Was a length ball around off, that one kept low and went underneath Maharaj's bat to rattle the off stump. There was a bit of shape away as well. Hasan Ali brings out his trademark celebrations as South Africa lose their fifth wicket. 187/5
72.3 to AK Markram, silly mid-off in action once again. This Test has suddenly taken a different shape. Was a length ball outside off, Markram came forward to block but wasn't to the pitch of the ball. The extra bounce means the ball hits the shoulder of the bat and lobs towards Abid Ali, who takes his second catch of the innings. 185/4
92.6 to GF Linde, Inside edge flies to leg slip! The fielder was there for the flick, but instead gets a catch via the drive. Flighted outside off, wants to drive, but takes the inside-edge and flies to the right of leg slip. Nauman strikes, Linde's 29-ball stay ends. And Butt's making it a habit, of taking some screamers. 234/7
96.6 to K Rabada, Hasan Ali's happier than Nauman Ali! A big hug between the two Alis as they celebrate Rabada getting clean bowled. Full outside off, in the rough there. Rabada tries to drive, but big gap between bat and body. Turns, and crashes into middle and leg stump. 238/8
98.5 to A Nortje, lobs away to point! Full on off, and Nortje wants to crack it towards midwicket. But it turns away, takes the leading edge and goes in the air to the safe Fawad. Not easy playing against the turn as a tail-end batsman. 240/9
100.3 to T Bavuma, appeal for lbw, and given! Five for on Test debut Or is it? Bavuma reviews, he might as well. Full just outside off and angling in. Bavuma tries to sweep but misses, and it hits the inside-half of his front leg. UltraEdge says there is no bat involved. Ball-tracking says impact in line, hitting middle stump and what a wonderful moment for Nauman Ali! The 12th Pakistan bowler to take a five-wicket haul on Test debut. All smiles for him. Does the sajdah to celebrate the achievement. Pakistan need 88 to win. 245/10
16.1 to D Elgar, Elgar's agony ends as Rizwan takes a stunning catch! Full outside off from around the stumps, trying to use the rough. Turns in as Elgar tries to sweep. Bottom-edged onto the pad, the ball pops up, and Rizwan has to dive full-length in front, and takes a catch from outside the popping crease. 48/1
67.1 to HE van der Dussen, Yasir Shah snares van der Dussen. Tossed up around off, slower in the air. The batsman comes forward to defend with soft hands but the ball dips at him and goes towards silly mid-off after hitting the middle of the bat where Abid Ali takes it with both hands and a smile. 175/2
71.6 to F du Plessis, gone! Flatter on the stumps, du Plessis plays back and misses the straight one. Gets rapped in front. An appeal for lbw and a simple decision this time for Aleem Dar. Was hitting the middle of the middle stump. 185/3
78.2 to Q de Kock, de Kock goes back. South Africa in deep, deep trouble here as Yasir Shah snares another one. Was a tossed up delivery in the rough, de Kock went for the flick but got an inside edge on to the pads, and the ball went to the left of short leg, where Abid Ali showed great reflexes to grab it with both hands. His third catch of the innings. 192/6
Pakistan 2nd Innings (T: 88 runs)
c †de Kock b Nortje1230343040.00
b Nortje1017292058.82
not out 3147704065.95
lbw b Maharaj3039626076.92
not out 44210100.00
Extras(b 1, lb 2)3
TOTAL22.5 Ov (RR: 3.94)90/3
Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Abid Ali, 7.1 ov), 2-23 (Imran Butt, 7.6 ov), 3-86 (Babar Azam, 22.1 ov)
7.1 to Abid Ali, Abid chops on. Was a length ball outside off, but it kept low. Abid Ali went to punch it through the off side only to get an inside edge on to the pads and it rattles the stumps. 22/1
7.6 to Imran Butt, Nortje snares another one. That's a loose shoot from Imran Butt. It's not that full. It's away from him. And he went at it without any feet movement. Got a healthy edge to de Kock' right who takes at knee height. Can South Africa pull off something magical here?. 23/2
22.1 to Babar Azam, second time Maharaj gets Babar Azam lbw but he reviews. Looked out, but what does the TV sumpire say? Almost like the first innings dismissal, although this turned a bit more across the bat. Fullish on middle, and spinning across the bat, hitting his back leg as he defends down the wrong line. Impact is on off stump, but did that turn across a bit too much? That's the only question, and nope, crashing into off stump. Babar is gone.. 86/3
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Tue, 26 Jan - day 1 - Pakistan 1st innings 33/4 (Azhar Ali 5*, Fawad Alam 5*, 18 ov)
Wed, 27 Jan - day 2 - Pakistan 1st innings 308/8 (Hasan Ali 11*, Noman Ali 6*, 107 ov)
Thu, 28 Jan - day 3 - South Africa 2nd innings 187/4 (Keshav Maharaj 2*, Quinton de Kock 0*, 75 ov)
Fri, 29 Jan - day 4 - Pakistan 2nd innings 90/3 (22.5 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
  • South Africa: 200 runs in 81.4 overs (497 balls), Extras 9
  • New ball taken after 85.2 overs
  • Drinks: South Africa - 234/6 in 92.0 overs (T Bavuma 33, GF Linde 11)
  • Innings Break: South Africa - 245/10 in 100.3 overs (L Ngidi 3)
  • Over 100.3: Review by South Africa (Batting), Umpire - Ahsan Raza, Batsman - T Bavuma (Struck down)
  • Pakistan 2nd innings
  • Over 6.5: Review by South Africa (Bowling), Umpire - Ahsan Raza, Batsman - Imran Butt (Struck down)
  • Lunch: Pakistan - 22/0 in 7.0 overs (Imran Butt 12, Abid Ali 10)
  • Pakistan: 50 runs in 15.5 overs (95 balls), Extras 0
  • Drinks: Pakistan - 65/2 in 19.0 overs (Azhar Ali 21, Babar Azam 21)
  • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 73 balls (Azhar Ali 26, Babar Azam 22, Ex 3)
  • Over 22.1: Review by Pakistan (Batting), Umpire - Ahsan Raza, Batsman - Babar Azam (Struck down)
National Stadium, Karachi
TossSouth Africa, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Series resultPakistan led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2406
Hours of play (local time)10.00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days26,27,28,29 January 2021 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsPakistan 60, South Africa 0