KARACHI: Pakistan took over South Africa on 220 runs on day one of the first Test on Tuesday at the National Stadium Karachi (NSK).

Opener Dean Elgar top scored with 58 runs followed by George Linde (35). Aiden Markaram (13) was the first batsman to lose his wicket this morning – caught brilliantly at slip by Imran Butt off Shaheen Afridi.

Keshav Maharaj was bowled by Yasir Shah. Hassan Ali – who is making a comeback in the Pakistan squad – dismissed George Linde. Anrich Nortje was removed by Shah while Shaheen Afridi picked up the last wicket of Lungi Ngidi (8). 

Earlier, South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first. 25-year-old opener Imran Butt and 34-year-old left-arm spinner Nauman Ali are making their debuts for Pakistan. South Africa have opted for two specialist spinners Keshav Maharaj and George Linde.

South Africa are playing their first Test in Pakistan after 14 years after international cricket was suspended following as attack on the Sri Lanka team’s bus in Lahore in 2009.

Babar Azam is making his Test captaincy debut against a tough South Africa team. Azam has recovered from a thumb injury that kept him out of the two-Test series in New Zealand, which Pakistan lost 2-0.


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