Gulf Today (UAE) – JOHANNESBURG: Aiden Markram made 90 before a promising partnership involving new cap Zubayr Hamza pushed South Africa to 226-3 against Pakistan at tea on the first day of the final Test on Friday.

Summary

  • JOHANNESBURG: Aiden Markram made 90 before a promising partnership involving new cap Zubayr Hamza pushed South Africa to 226-3 against Pakistan at tea on the first day of the final Test on Friday.
  • Opener Markram missed out on a century when he was caught down the leg side, ending a 126-run stand with Hashim Amla that put South Africa in a strong early position.
  • Hamza, on Test debut, joined Theunis de Bruyn in the middle and they put on an unbroken partnership of 72 to consolidate South Africa control as the home team seeks a 3-0 series whitewash.
  • Pakistan didn’t capitalise on an early breakthrough, when stand-in captain Dean Elgar was out for 5 in the second over and South Africa was 6-1.
  • South Africa retained its four-pronged pace-bowling attack of Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier, with South Africa’s fast bowlers instrumental in the home team dominating the series.

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