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Pakistan win second Test against South Africa by 95 runs

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan have won the second Test against South Africa by 95 runs at the Rawalpindi Cricket Ground to win the series 2-0.

This is Pakistan’s first series win against South Africa in 16 years. South Africa were in high hopes of winning the second Test against Pakistan after Aiden Markram hit a century while chasing a target of 370 runs on the final day of the Test.

However, Hasan Ali struck and claimed five wickets for 60 runs while Shaheen Shah Afridi claimed 4 wickets for 51 runs to claim the historic win for Pakistan on the fifth and final day.

Markram drove the last ball before lunch from Fawad Alam to wide mid-on for a single to reach his fifth Test century — the first outside South Africa. Temba Bavuma hit 61 runs in pursuit of a daunting 370-run target in a possible 65 overs before he was dismissed by Afridi.

Both teams had been involved in a keen battle for victory as Pakistan won the first series win over South Africa since 2003 while the tourists hoped to get the highest run chase at this ground.

No team has ever chased more than the 369 runs that Australia achieved against Pakistan in a 1999 Test at Hobart. The best chase at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in ten previous Tests is 200 scored by Sri Lanka in 2000.

Resuming on 127-1, South Africa saw Dussen bowled off a beautiful in-swinger by Hasan on the third ball of the day, while Du Plessis was leg-before to the same bowler in the fifth over of the morning.

It capped a miserable series for the experienced Du Plessis who managed just 55 in four innings. Pakistan won the first Test in Karachi by seven wickets.