Live Blogs, South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd Test, day 1, SA stumps

It’s been very hard day for visiting team Pakistan, they just bowled out for only 177 runs and gave away 123 runs in a single day, South Africa only trails by 54 runs now with 8 wickets in hand.

At the stumps day 1 South Africa 123/2.

Shan gets main wicket, Shan who can bowl with some pace has just removed well settled Markram 78, it was second wicket for Pakistan

South Africa 123/2

Markram is nearing his fifty, he is looking in good touch, everything goes in his way, getting runs easier, he moves to 71 now

South Africa 114/1

South Africa has utilised pitch handsomely, there was grass on the pitch, it seemed to help seamers and they took the decision wisely by electing bowling after winning the toss, now they are playing very well with just one loss of wicket.

South Africa 97/1

Markram 60 and Amla 15 are playing.

Markram has his first fifty in this series, he was in under pressure while giving easily wicket to Hassan Ali in first Test Match but in the 2nd innings he is now well set and has brought his fighting fifty in style

South Africa 79/1

Markram 52 and Hashim Amla 5 are playing.

Finally a wicket for Pakistan, Amir gets the man, it’s Elgar gone 18. He played vital rule in fifty partnership.

South Africa 56/1

South Africa brings up  fifty partnership stand between openers, Markram is playing vital rule here, he seems to be well settled out, Elgar is also contributing well.

South Africa 50/0

Markram 31 and Elgar 18 are playing.

South Africa shows Pakistan how to bat on these pitches, they just started their innings in positive way, as the gets runs without difficulty, Markram and Elgar are joining the party to gets Pakistan under pressure,

South Africa 27/0

Markram 18 and Elgar 9 are playing.

That’s the end of the Pakistan’s first innings on 177, they were bowled out for low score yet again, this series has been headache for their batting side, Sarfaraz was the top scorer of the side and Shan contributed vital runs too but Muhammad Amir has come up with great score when team needed the most, he made 22 vital runs too.

Things have changed in few minutes for Pakistan as they lost wicket yet again

Abbas has been removed by Steyn

Pakistan 163/9

Pakistan is in deep trouble now as Olivier once again gets wicket, this time Yasir Shah 05 gets out. Pakistan is now way behind the game, everything looked very good when skipper was there but now nothing goes Pakistan’s way

Pakistan 162/8

Olivier proved to be headache for Pakistan as yet again he gets wicket and this time its’s Sarfaraz who was playing the gem of knock, goes to the pavilion on 56 runs

Pakistan 161/7

Finally captain is leading from the front, when everyone failed he delivers, against Australia side few matches he always contributed vital runs for the te when they were at 54/5 and it’s similar situation for him too and he is contributing yet again, his all runs came when team needs him most, his all centuries came in under pressure situations too

Pakistan 154/6

Sarfaraz 56 and Amir 7 playing.

Shan Masood who has good tour so far has been removed too, Pakistan is in deep trouble but they have Skipper at the crease who is looking positive at the moment and playing the good innings after some innings.

Pakistan has survived a bit here, as they lost only 6 wickets on the tough pitch to bat on

Pakistan 117/6

Sarfaraz 29 and Amir 2 are playing.

South Africa made the most of the pitch, they utilised it very well by playing 4 seamers, among all of them have taken wickets in the first session of the first day

Pakistan 75/5

Sarfaraz 16 and Shan 17 are playing at the end of the first session.

Pakistan collapses yet again, they had worst year as a batting unit last year too and they started it yet again,

Babar has been removed by Olivier on 2 score

Pakistan 54/5

Shan 13 is playing.

Rabada gets Asad Shafiq now who was batting good, he is dismissed now on 20

Pakistan 51/4

Asad Shafiq is proving his worth that why Sarfaraz captain has belief in him, Mickey didn’t want to see him in this Test match but Sarfaraz has his say while saying he will play at any cost, now he is playing good and looking well set

Pakistan 41/3

Asad 11 and Shan 11 are playing.

Olivier gets Pakistan’s main wicket, it’s Azhar Ali who has been removed now, Hashim caught him off Olivier

Pakistan 26/3

Pakistan lost two early wickets once again, South Africa gets two quick wickets as Steyn removes Fakhar ans Philender gets Imam LBW.

Pakistan has bad habit of keeping player in playing XI for 6,7 innings once he gets fifty or century, same case they had with Muhammad Hafeez and now they have with Imam ul Haq who played 6 consecutive innings without performance and then he got fifty in last match now he has been removed way early once again.

Pakistan 18/2.