All didn’t turn out well when Pakistan came on to bat in their second innings in the Pak Vs SA Test after restricting the Proteas for a lower total. The openers provided a good start but not even a single player could retain the momentum.
Pakistan vs South Africa first test became a journey of disappointment and disbelief for the cricket fans.
The result was a catastrophe:
Pakistan was bowled out for 190 and could only pose a target of 149 for South Africa in the first test.
However, some moments during Pakistan vs South Africa first test seemed completely surreal; one could either laugh over the subtlety of these or simply be amazed.
Here are the top five happenings from the first test which left us utterly astounded:
1. Asad Shafiq losing his wicket
Just after Azhar Ali’s immediate dismissal, Asad Shafiq came on the pitch to give the team some support. He was bowled out on Dale Steyn’s bowl after an LBW appeal but Shafiq took a review and got saved. South African captain, Du Plessis, and the whole team were shocked after the decision was reversed.
Although it seemed like a confirm wicket to the host team but hotspot saved Asad and he was given another chance; however, Asad did not relish it and was caught out on the very next ball.
From disappointment to relief to anger to disbelief, cricket fans got to experience everything in these two balls of the first test match between Pakistan and South Africa.
2. Sarfaraz getting a golden duck
Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed broke many hearts with his poor performance. He could not make any runs in both the innings and had an early departure.
Pakistan team was in desperate need of a true captain’s knock but all dreams remain unfulfilled as Sarfaraz got out on the very first ball in the second innings.
Critics have raised many eyeballs on his terrible performance and many questions whether he will remain the test captain or not. The chances seem slim.
3. Babar Azam’s back to back fours
Babar Azam showed his class in the first innings, he knocked some beautiful shots to the most competitive bowler of the world: Dale Steyn. Not one, not two, not three but four 4’s in one over, Babar sure gave Steyn a run for his money.
It was hard to believe what was happening as Babar continued hitting shot after shot, it was surely one of the highest points for Pakistan and one of the few moments disappointed Pakistani fans could celebrate.
4. 9 wickets for 90 runs
One can expect such a horrible downfall only from team Pakistan, from 100/1 to 190/10, nobody could have imagined such a quick descent.
At one point it was expected that Pakistan might put up a huge total for South Africa considering the kind of shots the openers were playing, but staying true to their title of the most unpredictable team of the world, they did what they know best, giving shocking surprises..
5. Imam & Shan finally getting a 50
The only highlight of the second innings was Imam ul Haq’s and Shan Masood’s half-century. Both these batsmen performed after a really long time.
Imam ul Haq’s performance was particularly important for two reasons:
Pakistan was in desperate need of a good start, the openers have repeatedly failed to provide a solid start to the team hence affecting overall performance. Imam’s knock helped give some confidence to the team, at least in the beginning.
The performance was also much required due to the increasing pressure on Imam who was being labeled as a child of nepotism. Many criticized that he was only able to retain his position in the team due to his relationship with the team’s chief selector Inzamam ul Haq.
Another welcome sight was Shan Masood’s stellar 50, he was perhaps the only batsman who stood till the very last. Wickets continued crumbling in front of him but he held his ground firm. It was encouraging to see the resistance he put up against the Proteas bowlers.
Although the match turned out to be a disappointment for the Pakistani fans; these moments truly kept us entertained.
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