Although SouthAfrica were in control at end of play on day 2 Pakistan managed to gain the confidence and the control back with help of fifties from Azhar Ali and Faheem Ashraf and a gritty 100 by Fawad Alam. At the end of play on day 2 Pakistan lead by 88 runs with 2 wickets still in hand.
Alam scores 100 to put Pakistan in control
Fawad Alam scores his third test century and his first at home that too in his own city on the soil of National Stadium Karachi. Fawad brought his 100 in style with a maximum. He is the only Pakistani to convert all his 50+ scores into hundreds as Alam doesn’t have a single fifty in tests, he decided to straight up with centuries. Fawad Alam also holds a record of scoring his test 3 centuries in three different decades!
Alam lost his wicket at 109.
Faheem and Azhar Ali play a helping hand
Faheem Ashraf scored a stunning and quick 50 to help Pakistan gain the base and control for their batting. He scored 64 off 88 with 9 fours included.
Azhar Ali played a helping hand too and scored a solid 51 off 151 with four fours.
Tough day out for SA bowlers
Rabada got bowled 23 overs and got two wickets conceding 45 runs and bowling 7 maidens. Nortje, Nigidi and Maharaj also took two wickets each.