PAK vs SA, 2nd Test: George Linde heroics on Day 3 revive South Africa’s chances despite 1st innings deficit

PAK vs SA, 2nd Test: George Linde heroics on Day 3 revive South Africa’s chances despite 1st innings deficit


South Africa tour of Pakistan, 2nd Test: George Linde bagged three important wickets, including Fawad Alam’s, before the close of Day 3 to revive South Africa’s chances in the 2nd Test. 

South Africa celebrate George Linde’s wicket of Azhar Ali on Day 3. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pakistan’s Hasan Ali bagged a 5-wicket haul as South Africa were 201 all out
  • George Linde scored 21 runs and bagged 3 wickets despite injury
  • Pakistan (129/6) lead by 200 runs at stumps day three

Quinton de Kock was on 24* off 11 balls when came out to bat on Day 3 of the Rawalpindi Test. His breezy knock before the close of Day gave the visitors some hope after they were reduced to 81/4, and stayed on 106/4 at stumps day two after a 25-run partnership between de Kock and Bavuma.

But the partnership barely survived 3 overs on Day 3 as Shaheeh Shah Afridi got his man, de Kock. Following the dismissal, the 6th wicket stand between Bavuma (44 not out) and Wiaan Mulder (33) added 50 crucial runs for South Africa, who finally managed to score 201 in the first innings after a run-a-ball 21 by George Linde.

Linde batted on Day 3 despite suffering from a broken finger while fielding during Pakistan’s first innings in the ongoing Test. His heroic efforts continued with the ball (3 for 12) as he impressed with 3 key Pakistan wickets, of Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, and Faheem Ashraf out of the 6 that fell on Day 3. Anrich Nortje and Hasan Ali, both, bagged 5-wicket hauls on Day 2 and Day 3, respectively, but Linde has emerged as the real fighter in the contest.

Keshav Maharaj struck early to get rid of opener Abid Ali and came back to remove Pakistan captain Babar Azam from the attack. South Africa are trailing by 200 runs as Pakistan are on 129/6, as of stumps on Saturday. The visitors are still desperate for a win since they lost the 1st Test by 7 wickets.

“I thought it was my season done when I saw the injury. I just started running off the field because I saw bone sticking out (on the finger). As I started running, I just popped it back in myself. I got stitches and went for X-rays and luckily it was not broken,” Linde told reporters.

“I had to make a small adjustment with the grip (of the ball), but not too much. I never actually knew I used my pinkie when I bowl, but every time now I have to first lift it up a little to get a better grip on the ball. Some balls were keeping low, but I believe we will have good game-plans for tomorrow. For us, (chasing) anything under 300, we will take it. But hopefully it is somewhere between 220 to 250. Then I am confident we will chase it down,” he added.

(Inputs from Reuters)



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