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Pakistan in command despite Nortje’s five-fer in second Test

Rawalpindi, Friday: Pakistan took four early South African wickets to dominate the second Test in Rawalpindi on Friday, despite a five-wicket haul by touring fast bowler Anrich Nortje.

South Africa were in trouble at 106-4 after the second day’s play on a tricky Rawalpindi stadium pitch, trailing Pakistan’s first innings total of 272 by 166 runs.

At close, South African skipper Quinton de Kock was on a breezy 24 with five boundaries and Temba Bavuma -- surviving two close appeals -- was unbeaten on 15 after Pakistan’s medium pacer Hasan Ali took two wickets off two balls.

Hasan had opener Dean Elgar caught behind for 15 with the fifth delivery of his third over, and at the next ball bowled Rassie van der Dussen for a duck in the last over before tea.

Senior batsman and former skipper Faf du Plessis, who failed in the first Test in Karachi with scores of 23 and ten, managed 17 before he was caught behind off pacer Faheem Ashraf, playing a loose shot. Four over before close opener Aiden Markram’s fighting 60-ball 32 ended when he top edged spinner Nauman Ali to Shaheen Shah Afrid at mid-wicket, leaving South Africa tottering at 81-4.

Earlier, Nortje grabbed his third five wicket haul with 5-56 to restrict Pakistan’s total.

The 27-year-old took the prized wicket of Babar Azam off the second ball of the day before wrapping Pakistan’s innings half an hour before tea.

Nortje bowled with fire and aggression on a flat, brownish pitch which was suited more to spin.

Keshav Maharaj finished with 3-90.

Chief Scores:

Pakistan 1st innings: 272 in 114.3 overs (Faheem Ashraf 78, Babar Azam 77, Fawad Alam 45, Nortje 5/56, Keshav Maharaj 3/90)

South Africa 1st innings: 106/4 in 28 overs (A. Markram 32, Hasan Ali 2/29). - AFP