Skipper Babar Azam hit a pretty half-century and in-form Fawad Alam batted solidly to help Pakistan battle again because the opening day of the second Take a look at in opposition to South Africa was minimize brief by rain in Rawalpindi on Thursday. Azam was batting on 77 and Alam on a stable 42 as Pakistan recovered from a precarious 22-3 to 145-3 in 58 overs, however play couldn’t be began after the tea break. Heavy rain lashed the stadium and covers have been positioned on the pitch earlier than play was referred to as off as a result of rain and a moist outfield.
The house workforce had received the toss and batted on a flat, brownish Rawalpindi Stadium pitch, which helped spinners from the outset, however Pakistan recovered from the early lack of three wickets.
Spinner Keshav Maharaj (2-51) and pacer Anrich Nortje (1-30) had left Pakistan struggling on 63-3 at lunch however Azam and Alam added 123 for the unbroken fourth wicket stand to regular the innings.
Azam, who managed simply seven and 30 within the first Take a look at, returned to his fashionable greatest, having thus far punched 12 boundaries in his sixteenth Take a look at half-century.
Alam, who scored a combating hundred within the first Take a look at, was regular with 5 hits to the fence.
When it seemed like Azam would hit one other hundred — his third within the final three Exams at this venue — rain performed spoilsport as umpires Aleem Dar and Ahsan Raza — each from Pakistan — referred to as off the day’s play after an inspection of the bottom.
Play will resume quarter-hour early at 9:45 am on Friday to compensate for the misplaced time.
Earlier, Pakistan reached 21 with out loss earlier than throwing away three wickets for one run within the area of 23 balls.
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.
Nortje then produced a pointy rising supply to Abid Ali, whose fended push was caught neatly at short-leg by Aiden Markram.
Pakistan lead the two-match collection 1-0 after successful the primary Take a look at in Karachi by seven wickets.
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