KARACHI: Azhar Ali and Fawad Alam were moving toward their fifties as they batted dependably taking Pakistan’s score to 104-4 at lunch on the second day of the main Test played at the National Stadium on Wednesday.
Alam, playing his first Test at home, was unbeaten on 39 and Azhar was on 38 as Pakistan added 71 runs without losing any wickets toward the beginning of the day meeting.
Pakistan are 116 runs behind South Africa’s first innings complete of 220 with six wickets flawless.
The National Stadium pitch appeared to have quietened down as South Africa’s speed and turn assault worked hard in the wake of lessening Pakistan to 33-4 at the nearby on Tuesday.
Kagiso Rabada, who took 2-8 on Tuesday, glanced undermining in his six-over spell yet Azhar and Alam batted mindfully to take Pakistan past the 100-run mark.
Be that as it may, both batsmen endure alarms, with left-arm spinner George Linde verging on catching Azhar leg-before on 29. The umpire’s not-out choice was maintained on audit.
Alam might have been excused on 35 yet Dean Elgar neglected to hold a sharp edge off spinner Keshav Maharaj in the slips.
The two-coordinate arrangement checks South Africa’s first excursion to Pakistan in quite a while, after the lethal 2009 assault on Sri Lanka’s group ended visits by unfamiliar sides.