A preferred saying in cricket is “catches win matches” and that definitely is true for Aiden Markram, who dove to his proper facet to tug off a stunner and ship Pakistani opener Abid Ali to the pavilion.
Abid seemed shaky proper from the beginning and his poor run of type continued in opposition to South Africa after he was trapped by a Nortje supply.
Nortje bowled a fast-paced supply to Abid’s leg-side, prompting the opener to glancce it right down to the facet. Nevertheless, the ball flew and as a substitute of zooming previous him, Markram guarantee he caught it by diving to his proper.
A upset Abid hung his head and walked again to the dressing room because the South Africans celebrated.
Abid, who seemed shaky proper from the beginning, went for six runs from 43 balls.
Pakistan had received the toss and determined to bat first within the second Check in opposition to Proteas on the Rawalpindi Stadium.
Earlier within the day, each groups arrived on the Pindi Stadium with strict safety preparations in place.
South Africa is taking part in a Check match on the Pindi Cricket Stadium after 24 years.
Chatting with media after the toss, the South African captain had mentioned the wicket is a bit grassy which can initially assist the bowlers.
No modifications have been made to Pakistan’s 17-player squad from the primary Check in Karachi.