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Pakistan beat South Africa by 95 runs in second Test, win series 2-0

Pakistan beat South Africa by 95 runs in second Test, win series 2-0
February 8, 2021

RAWALPINDI (Reuters) - Seamer Hasan Ali took a career-best 10 wickets in the match as Pakistan blitzed South Africa with the new ball on Monday to complete a 95-run victory in the second and final test in Rawalpindi and claim the series 2-0.

Chasing a target of 370 for victory, which would have been a test record in Pakistan, South Africa were well placed at 241 for three just after lunch on the fifth day following a century from Aiden Markram (108).

But when the home side took the new ball, Hasan (5-60) and Shaheen Afridi (4-51) decimated the South African middle order with expert swing bowling to dismiss the visitors for 274.

Hasan took career-best figures of 10-114 in the match as South Africa lost their last seven wickets for the addition of only 33 runs on their return to Pakistan for the first time since 2007.

Pakistan moved up on the ICC Test Team Rankings after winning South Africa series 2-0, according to the cricket regulatory body. Pakistan jumped to No 5 after gaining eight rating points.

Pakistan won its first series against South Africa since 2003 by 2-0 with a 95-run victory in the second Test on the fifth and final day in Rawalpindi. Set 370-run to win South Africa were bowled out for 274 with Pakistan medium pacer Hasan Ali taking 5-60 -- recording his best match figures of 10-114.

Opener Aiden Markram scored a fighting 108 and Temba Bavuma 61. Pakistan won the first Test by seven wickets in Karachi.