The oscillating first test between Pakistan and South Africa has moved significantly in favor of the hosts Pakistan was 33 to 4 after reversing South Africa for 220 on a first day with 14 wickets It took a determined and careful approach to get back into the game the next day, and Fawad Alam and Azhar Ali gave them just that

In the last phase of the first day there was not even a quarter as busy as in South Africa. The treacherous upswing that shocked Pakistan at the stump yesterday was almost unbearable for the visitors, and it was thanks to the tenacity of the two batsmen who carefully navigated the path of recovery in a wicket-free first meeting for their opponents

Kagiso Rabada, who was so effective yesterday, got a bit wrong, which according to Wasim Akram on the air, was due to trying to reverse the ancient Kookaburra while there was an odd hint of a backward swing in the first session , Rabada’s mistake was perhaps the line from which he took advantage of the momentum

Pakistan didn’t manage more than a single limit in a quiet first hour of play, but that just underscores their plan to spend their time in the middle. And since the track doesn’t show that many demons, they made it through without too much jitter to reach

There was a curious moment when luck favored the hosts when Fawad Alam received a life, when Dean Elgar didn’t take a sharp chance on Maharaj’s slip and de Kock was guilty of dumping Faheem Ashraf later in the day Pakistan was far better than its rivals at fighting the weirdos, and with that, Alam had laid the foundation for a heavy blow when Pakistan went to lunch at 104/4

The 94-run stand for the fifth wicket had pestered the bowlers thoroughly, although they were resuscitated at the start of the second session when Azhar Ali, who had just reached his half-century, passed away to Maharaj when he chose the Spinner to cut on a shipment that was too full for the shot

Mohammad Rizwan entered a testing phase where the old ball reversed enough and there was a lot going for Keshav Maharaj.Although Rizwan refused to submit to the odds, he made a couple of crisp drives and flicked Ngidi off

It wasn’t a day for South Africa with the ratings – they checked some calls unsuccessfully in the first session and also the third went in vain when Quinton de Kock’s adventurous lbw rating didn’t reap anything favorable in front of Ngidi The partnership had grown to 55, and just as Rizwan seemed to have accepted Fawad Alam’s ploy of unshakable grit and resilience, he tentatively pushed Ngidi’s length delivery outward and blamed it on the first slip over tea

After planting its roots deep and having reached it with patience during the day (something he has no shortage of), the final session was no different for Alam by the third session it was clear that Pakistan had to be the day Alam and Ashraf added 102 for the seventh wicket, and while his stay at the crease was slightly in contrast to his partner (Ashraf got a hit rate above 75), he did well to lead his team in front of South Africa and beyond

Luckily for him, Ashraf was given a life by Skipper de Kock, and in fairness he made her pay. He broke a few lines early on in his innings, and once he fell, his patience let Ashraf race for his half Century and his counterattack ended with Nortjes Yorker rolling back to his stump after hitting his bat

While Ashraf’s manner of firing was disappointing, Fawad Alam’s immaculate display of Test Batsmanship, which took quite a long time in the ’90s to finally hit triple the numbers, wasn’t disappointing at all after spending the day at opposing bowlers bravely defied, it was an uninterrupted moment for Alam as he put Maharaj on long-on for six minutes to reach his third testing century

Although his 245-ball stint ended 9 runs later when he flicked Ngidi straight to Midwicket, he made sure Pakistan ended the day in a position least thought possible: 88 runs ahead with 2 Wickets still in hand

What an upbeat story Every time I see Fawad Alam score my heart is rejoicing for 10 years denied that he will never return but all we can do is celebrate those high points with him Well played; # Fawadever👏👏👏

Another 100 from @ iamfawadalam25 I would like to know who is responsible for not choosing him all these years

The first 100 against SL when the trail was 150 and Pakistan was left out in the first inns for 90 Second 100 against New Zealand when Pakistan chased 37-3373 The third 100 against South Africa after Pakistan was 27-4 #fighterbatsman

When players like Fawad Alam score, cricket gets nicer, he waited for a testing ground more than a decade after his debut, but his hunger and fighting stance was never lost at this stage and did his best when given the opportunity to Total Respect, Fawad ImageTwittercom / 35Gy9Vi0O2

You don’t need to change your attitude @ iamfawadalam25, but the critics may change their attitude towards you soon! Well beaten 👏 I’ve always believed that you had what it takes to perform at this level #PAKvSA https: // tco / oSGQEDpcYK picTwittercom / 6V1peX4JnW

Fawad Alam today commended Misbah for giving him the confidence and of course he deserves credit for choosing and allowing Fawad to express himself

Cricketer with the largest intervals 1 #fawadalam 10 years old 2 @ DineshKarthik 8 years old Never give up your dreams and goals on #PAKvsSA #PAKvSA

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