result
2nd Test, Rawalpindi, Feb 4 - 8 2021, South Africa tour of Pakistan
272 & 298
(target 370)201 & 274
Pakistan won by 95 runs
Player Of The Match
5/54 & 5/60
hasan-ali
Player Of The Series
166 runs
mohammad-rizwan
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• Firdose Moonda

Hasan Ali ten-for gives Pakistan first series win over South Africa since 2003

Aiden Markram and Temba Bavuma give visitors hope before they unravel against the new ball

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Scores: @Thilak_Rama
Comms: Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx)
Scorecard summary
Pakistan272/10(114.3 overs)1st INNINGS
Babar Azam77 (127)
Anrich Nortje5/56(24.3)
South Africa201/10(65.4 overs)1st INNINGS
Temba Bavuma*44 (138)
Wiaan Mulder33 (83)
Hasan Ali5/54(15.4)
Nauman Ali1/36(17)
Pakistan298/10(102 overs)2nd INNINGS
Nauman Ali45 (78)
South Africa274/10(91.4 overs)2nd INNINGS

And as Babar Azam lifts the series trophy, and poses for the camera, it's time for all of us to say goodbye from the Test series. On behalf of all our commentators and Thilak Ram from our scoring team, this is Sreshth Shah signing off on ESPNcricinfo. Don't forget, the T20Is begin Feb 11 and if you want some more cricket action right now, there's always India v England.

2.35pm Presentation.

Winning captain Babar Azam: "Thanks to South Africa for coming and playing competitive cricket. No real pressure as captain. When team successfully does the plans we decided, then you don't feel so much pressure. Shaheen's start, Hasan's comeback after one year, showed character. Outstanding from Hasan because he has awareness and took advantage of the experience of playing here. We keep trying new players, a combination of senior-junior. Our slip fielding was improved. We are trying to fix the little things. Confidence we get after winning against a good team is important. At one time, we thought the game could've gone either way when Markram and Bavuma were playing well. But we knew, one wicket and we can come back into the game again. And then we did that with the new ball."

Losing captain Quinton de Kock: "The first-innings deficit did play a big part. We lost the big moments in the game and that cost us. It's quite special to see Linde to come through after dislocating his finger. Showed big heart. It's painful at the moment, disappointment at losing. When we get back home, we'll have to look at our performances and improve on the way forward. Aiden had a question mark in the subcontinent. But the way he batted in the last two Test matches showed his fight, the pride he has in his performances."

Mohammad Rizwan is the Player of the Series. He says, "Basically when team planning happens and you do it well, then everything becomes easy. I got such plans from management, and tried to deliver. Wicketkeeping in Pakistan is difficult but the drills in practice helped me. In NZ you need to expect high balls, here low balls, so I practiced hard at this. Honestly, I go to bat in pressure time mostly, but I keep my faith in allah. Don't think about seam or swing, what is happening. So I forget about the pressure then and things become easy for me to play fearlessly. With stump mics (laughs) always on, I reduce my chatter these days. Being multilingual helps me communication with the pacers well too."

Hasan Ali is the Player of the Match for his ten-wicket haul. He says, "It was an important series since I was making a comeback, it's a dream for any player. Best thing was my team won the series with my performance. Mix of all aspects like confidence, line-length, fitness all played crucial role. I've become fitter and it's there for all to see. First-class cricket helped, nine games back to back. When you play domestic cricket you learn a lot. I got my rhythm from the domestic cricket."

Some PCB Awards to be given apparently. Pakistan's U-19 World Cup captain in the 2020 World Cup Rohail Nazir receives the PCB Emerging Player of the Year Award. And Kamran Ghulam wins the PCB Domestic Cricketer of the Year award. He was part of this Test squad. Mohammad Rizwan is the PCB Test Cricketer of the Year.

2.25pm Before the post-match presentation get underway. A reminder that in three days we have the three-match T20I series starting (Feb 11-14). All matches in Lahore.

A recap of the series, in terms of individual performers. Markram is the only man to get 200+ runs, 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.

Ezen: "What a turnaround for Pakistan after New Zealand series."

2.20pm Pakistan players and team management are doing the baby cradle celebration with Fawad leading the way. Don't forget his contribution in the first Test.

2.15pm That's Babar Azam's first series win, and what a location to get it in. South Africa looked in pole position to actually win this Test when the new ball was taken at 241 for 3. But then the new-ball magic from Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi rocked them with the swing. Yasir then took the last. South Africa lost 7 for 33 runs after the new ball, and that's 2-0 for Pakistan.

Both teams now shaking hands. Hasan Ali has a stump as a souvenir. Linde, Markram and Maharaj have been South Africa's standout players. Don't forget Nortje's five-for either. But overall, as a unit, Pakistan were head and shoulders over South Africa. Elgar, du Plessis and de Kock had under-par contributions in both Tests.

Amjad Imdad: "@Michael this is not a collapse of any proportion brother this how test cricket is. It's a fourth innings day 5 of test cricket, against Pakistan and last but not least against Pakistan bowling attack who is renowned for these types of performances. I would say SA has shown guts."

91.4
W
Yasir Shah to Mulder, OUT

Pakistan win the series 2-0 as he goes for a wild hoick to this full ball by coming down the wicket. Misses the slog, and Mulder's stumps have been knocked back. This is Pakistan's first series win against SA in 17+ years

Wiaan Mulder b Yasir Shah 20 (61m 40b 3x4 0x6) SR: 50

Khurram Khan: "@Adnan.. How can you give Rizwan MoM and MoS to Hassan! I wont be able to understand that if a person cannot be a MoM in any of the two games, how can he get MoS! .. I will give both MoM and MoS to Hassan!"

91.3
Yasir Shah to Mulder, no run

full on middle, and he mistimes the attempted drive to mid on

Imtiaz: "Collapse or not, This is quality new ball bowling"

91.2
4
Yasir Shah to Mulder, FOUR runs

short ball, just outside off and he rocks back to cut this through point for four!

Simon: "Tughral is just casually dropping some timeless wisdom into the commentary, refracted through the timeless lens of test cricket :)"

91.1
Yasir Shah to Mulder, no run

fullish, on off and turning a bit away. Tapped towards point

Yasir Shah

end of over 912 runs • 2 wickets
SA: 270/9CRR: 2.96 
Anrich Nortje2 (3)
Wiaan Mulder16 (36)
Shaheen Shah Afridi 21-6-51-4
Hasan Ali 16-2-60-5
90.6
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Nortje, no run

around the stumps, yorker on leg. Flicked to fine leg

sandeep: "Markram will be disgusted with himself for that poke, he imposed the end with 29/6 after that."

Tughral: "Hardus my friend there is an apt urdu idiom "kahin ke din baray kahin ki shamein.." loosely translated "Some places have longer nights, other have days" ..Fans want their sides to be world beaters all the time..sadly thats just not possible.Enjoy the memories that those legends of the game gave you and be patient with this lot and dont put on them a burden which they might not be able to lift."

90.5
2
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Nortje, 2 runs

good length, outside off. Pokes at it, and gets it past the diving fielder at point

Adnan: "Now time for MoM and MoS award contenders. MoM is m rizwan and MoS hassan ali. "

Yousuf Ahmed: "Saying anybody has 'the quality to become the new Kallis' is disrespectful to Kallis! The greatest all rounder ever. "

90.4
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Nortje, no run

good length ball on off and angling across. Pokes at it, through to Rizwan

Michael: "This is a collapse of the most epic proportions. Pakistani proportions even, only this time, it is Pakistan giving it out!"

Mirza Zaid: "A pitch that was supposed to be spin friendly has shaken hands with pacers."

90.3
W
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Rabada, OUT

through his gates! And now Afridi is one wicket away from a five-for. Full, on off. Searing in with a bit of movement. Rabada wants to defend but there's zero movement of the feet. Ball goes past the inside of the bat, and crashes into middle and leg

Kagiso Rabada b Shaheen Shah Afridi 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Steve: "For his catching alone, keep Butt on"

90.2
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Rabada, no run

welcomed with a short ball as this back of a length delivery on middle goes over his shoulders. Ducks

Aidan Steyn: "Mulder has the quality to be our new "Kallis". This might be the innings that proves if he is capable of such stature." -- Just two partners left for him though. Kallis mostly had plenty alongside him in the prime of his career

Pakistan two wickets away from a 2-0 series win.\

Fahad Rahim: "@Tamryn... Same situation is for SA now. Score 102 while the last 2 wickets are left :)"

90.1
W
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Maharaj, OUT

second slip in play again! This seems like the Pakistan template is working perfectly. Full, outside off and angling away. Maharaj chooses to drive, it flies off the edge, and Butt - at second slip - moves to his left, gets in front of first slip, and pockets a simple practice-session catch

Keshav Maharaj c Imran Butt b Shaheen Shah Afridi 0 (12m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
end of over 904 runs
SA: 268/7CRR: 2.97 
Wiaan Mulder16 (36)
Keshav Maharaj0 (3)
Hasan Ali 16-2-60-5
Shaheen Shah Afridi 20-6-49-2
89.6
Hasan Ali to Mulder, no run

yorker length, on middle and moving into his toes. Dug away, to midwicket

Tamryn Bates: "That 9th wicket partnership (with Nauman) has cost SA the game here. There are other issues that need to be addressed but you can't let the last two partnerships add 102 runs. The game would have been won already if it wasn't for that."

89.5
Hasan Ali to Mulder, no run

good length, on off stump. Fended back to Hasan

89.4
2
Hasan Ali to Mulder, 2 runs

good length, just outside off stump. Goes onto the back foot, and nudges it towards midwicket with soft hands. Deep midwicket needs to run in and intercept, and that allows Mulder to get back on strike one more time

89.3
Hasan Ali to Mulder, no run

full, just outside off. Bit of movement into off, and he presses forward to defend

89.2
Hasan Ali to Mulder, no run

good length ball, just outside off stump. Stands tall and punches it to mid off, off the back foot

89.1
2
Hasan Ali to Mulder, 2 runs

fullish ball on off and moving into the batsman. He flicks it, with pace, to the backward square region. Work for fine leg running across, allowing Mulder to get back on strike

end of over 896 runs
SA: 264/7CRR: 2.96 
Keshav Maharaj0 (3)
Wiaan Mulder12 (30)
Shaheen Shah Afridi 20-6-49-2
Hasan Ali 15-2-56-5
88.6
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Maharaj, no run

full just outside off stump. Past the outside edge with Maharaj poking at it tentatively. Through to the keeper

88.5
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Maharaj, no run

Hardus Engelbre: "Tough to watch as a Saffa fan! As belief and excitement grows, you get knocked back to reality by a brutal Tyson left hook confirming that this team is a long way from world class. While gaining conscious you can only dream of the old guard of "Smith, Kallis, Amla, de Villiers" that would make this seem possible! "

88.4
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Maharaj, no run

fullish, outside off stump. Left alone

88.4
2nb
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Mulder, (no ball) 1 run

back of a length, on off. Tapped to the gap near cover for a quick single. Overstepped too

Best performances - batters
Mohammad Rizwan portrait
Mohammad Rizwan PAK
115 runs (204)
15 fours
0 six
Control87%
Productive shot
cover drive
21 runs
4 fours
0 six
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Aiden Markram portrait
AK Markram SA
108 runs (243)
13 fours
3 sixes
Control90%
Productive shot
flick
32 runs
4 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Anrich Nortje portrait
A Nortje SA
O
24.3
M
8
R
56
W
5
ECO
2.28
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
2W
George Linde portrait
GF Linde SA
O
26
M
9
R
64
W
5
ECO
2.46
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
2W
Match details
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
TossPakistan, elected to bat first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of PakistanICC World Test Championship
Season2020/21
Player Of The Match
Hasan Ali
Hasan Ali
Player Of The Series
Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan
Series resultPakistan won the 2-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 2408
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00; Friday: Lunch 12.30-13.30; Tea: 15.30-15.50; Close: 17:20
Match days4,5,6,7,8 February 2021 - day (5-day match)
Umpires
Pakistan Image
Ahsan Raza
Pakistan Image
Aleem Dar
TV Umpire
Pakistan Image
Asif Yaqoob
Reserve Umpire
Pakistan Image
Rashid Riaz
Match Referee
Pakistan Image
Muhammad Javed
PointsPakistan 60, South Africa 0
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