Debutant Nauman Ali took five wickets & spinner Yasir Shah grabbed four wickets to give Pakistan a seven wickets victory in the first test match against South Africa in Karachi on Friday.
Nauman displayed the heroics with ball as he scalped 5 wickets by conceding just 35 runs & Yasir took 4 wickets by conceding 79 runs as South Africa bundled up at 245 in their second innings on the fourth day of the test. Pakistan needed 88 runs to seal victory & has lost openers such as Abid Ali, Imran Butt & Babar Azam for a total of 52 runs before achieving the target in 22.5 overs to take a lead of 1-0 in the two match series. The second test is scheduled to be played on 4th February in Rawalpindi.
Azhar Ali was 31 not out while Fawad Alam — who hit a fighting hundred in the first innings — hit the winning boundary. Anrich Nortje bowled Abid Ali right in his first over after lunch & then had Butt caught behind to finish with 2-24. Babar Azam on his test captaincy debut was dismissed early by Keshav Maharaj. The pitch was favorable for spinners which allowed Nauman to record figures of 7-73 & Yasir 7-133 whereas South Africa could scalp just four wickets in response.
Pakistan had taken a crucial 158 runs lead in the first innings thanks to a spectacular century from fawad & half centuries from Faheem Ashraf and Azhar. South African captain Quinton De Kock had a miserable 50th test match as his fifteen first innings was ended with just 2 runs as he was caught early by Yasir.
Temba Bavuma scored 40 runs added 42 for the seventh wicket with George Linde before being the last man out as Nauman took the last four wickets in a rapid 22 balls. Nauman was quick to dismiss Linde for 11, Rabada for just a single run & Anrich Nortje for a duck before sending Bavuma back to the pavilion to become the 12th Pakistani bowler to take five wickets in an innings on his debut. South Africa are on their first tour of Pakistan for 14 years.