1st Test: Pakistan fight back to establish lead as top-order performs

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CENTURION: The Pakistani top-order lived batted well on the 2nd Day of the first Test match between the two sides on Thursday, establishing a 58-run lead at tea.

Imam-ul-Haq pulled everything short and drove everything too wide. He experienced hiccups earlier on when the South African bowling was on point. However, he was lucky in the sense that the ball found the boundary rather than the fielder’s hands.

Fakhar Zaman’s wicket was the only one to fall. He hit a silly shot at fine leg off a poor ball from Duanne Olivier.

Earlier, Temba Bavuma’s half-century and Quinton de Kock’s quickfire 45 had given the hosts a crucial advantage.

South Africa had begun the day on 127-5 at stumps, still 56 runs behind Pakistan’s first innings tally of 181, with Babar Azam’s 71 being the highlight of the knock.