After an average day with the ball on day one of the tour game against CSA, Pakistan fought back with the back as Babar Azam and Azhar Ali hit hundreds. However, the concerns regarding the top order remain as the top three failed to convince.
Imam ul Haq and returning Fakhar Zaman feel on 23 and 19 respectively. Shan Masood, making a comeback to the team again fared a bit better with a 41. Seamer Thandolwethu Mnyaka picked up Fakhar and Shaan, while Lwandiswa Zuma got rid of Imam ul Haq.
Harris Sohail just added 4, while Asad Shafiq got out for a duck. However, Azhar Ali and Babar Azam came together at 112-5 and knitted a 155 run partnership. Azhar retired after getting to his ton. Sarfraz Ahmed, didn’t contribute significantly either and with his dismissal, Pakistan declared their innings. Babar remained not out at 104.
Starting with a 12 run lead, CSA XI ended the day on 45 for 1. Mohammad Amir had Richards bowled for 8. While, Pakistan would take heart from the performance of their two middle order batsmen, the shakiness of their batting would definitely concern them. South African are a couple of bowlers down but still remain a potent attack. Challenging times ahead for Pakistan.