Pak vs SA: Babar Azam, Fawad Alam rescue Pakistan after early shocks

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Pakistan´s captain Babar Azam (R) performs a shot as South Africa´s wicketkeeper captain Quinton de Kock watches as teammate Dean Elgar reacts in the course of the first day of the second Test cricket match of a two-match sequence between Pakistan and South Africa on the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi on February 4, 2021. -AFP 
  • At tea, skipper Babar Azam was unbeaten on 77 with Fawad Alam on 42 not out.

  • Proteas are enjoying a Test match on the Pindi Cricket Stadium after 24 years.

  • No adjustments have been made to Pakistan’s 17-player squad from the primary Test in Karachi.


Skipper Babar Azam and Fawad Alam rescued Pakistan from early shocks and took the rating to 145-Three at tea on the opening day of the second Test in Rawalpindi on Thursday.

At the break, skipper Babar Azam was unbeaten on 77 with Fawad Alam on 42 not out on a flat, brownish Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium pitch.

The added 82 runs with out shedding any wicket.

Keshav Maharaj, introduced into the assault in simply the ninth over, had opener Imran Butt caught behind for 15 after which trapped senior batsman Azhar Ali leg-before for nought in his subsequent over.

Paceman Anrich Nortje then produced a pointy rising supply to Abid Ali (six) whose fended push was caught well at short-leg by Aiden Markram.

Azam appeared in higher contact after managing simply seven and 30 within the first Test.

Pakistan leads the two-match sequence 1-Zero after successful the primary Test in Karachi by seven wickets.

After successful the toss, the inexperienced shirts have determined to bat first within the second Test towards Proteas.

Proteas is enjoying a Test match on the Pindi Cricket Stadium after 24 years.

Speaking to media after the toss,  Pakistani captain Babar Azam mentioned:  “The wicket is looking good for batting. We will try to score well.”

No adjustments have been made to Pakistan’s 17-player squad from the primary Test in Karachi.

On the opposite hand, the South African captain mentioned the wicket is a bit grassy which can initially assist the bowlers.

Both groups arrived on the Pindi Stadium from a non-public lodge with strict safety preparations in place earlier within the day. The match is scheduled to begin at 10 am. 

Given the visitors disruptions and safety protocols, the metro bus service within the twin cities was suspended in the course of the groups’ travel to the lodge.

According to the administration, it has been determined to shut the metro bus service between Islamabad and Pindi at sure occasions because of the take a look at match.

The bus service operation shall be suspended from 8:30 am to 10 am right now, whereas the bus service will even be suspended from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.

According to the Metro Bus administration, the Metro Bus will run as standard at different occasions, nevertheless, Shamsabad station will stay fully closed all day.

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