Noman Ali got off to a great start with five wickets and fellow spinner Yasir Shah took four wickets to win the first Test against South Africa in Karachi by seven wickets on Friday.
Noman was making his Test bowling at the age of 34, ending 5-35 and Yasir taking 4-79 when South Africa were bowled out for 245 in their second innings on the fourth day at the National Stadium. Supported the spin bowlers on the pitch.
Pakistan needed 88 to win, with openers Abid Ali, Imran Butt and Babar Azam losing by a total of 52 runs in 52 matches to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series before reaching the target in 22.5 overs. Got it.
The second test will start on February 4 in Rawalpindi.
Azhar Ali was unbeaten on 31 while Fawad Alam, who scored a fitting century in the first innings, hit the winning boundary.
This was only Pakistan’s fifth victory against South Africa in 27 Tests.
Enrique Nortje bowled Ishita after lunch in the first over and then fell behind with a 2-24 draw.
Azam was the first leg out at the hands of Keshiu Maharaj at the start of his Test captaincy.
“Credit goes to the players,” Azam said. “Our bowling was great at a slow pace and the way Yasir and Noman bowled helped us get wickets.
When we lost the first four wickets, Fawad and Azhar formed a good partnership when they showed their experience. It gave us a very important and significant advantage.
Prime Minister’s counterpart Quiton de Kock, who endured the worst 50th Test of his career, lamented the loss of South Africa’s first innings.
“I think our first innings came from the game,” said De Cock. “It was a big reason we lost.”
This is South Africa’s first visit to Pakistan in 14 years. Foreign tours were halted in 2009 after a deadly attack on the Sri Lankan team.
De Kock rejected suggestions that South Africa had taken too long to adjust.
“We practiced a lot here but I think we were a bit soft in the first innings,” he said.
In the spinners’ battle for the gray wicket, Noman recorded 7-73 and Yasir 7-133. In contrast, South Africa’s spin bowlers took only four wickets.
Thanks to a century by Fawad and a half-century by Faheem Ashraf and Azhar, Pakistan took a crucial 158-run lead in the first innings.
The writing was on the wall as South Africa lost to Knight Watchman Maharaj on the first ball of the day, on which fast bowler Hassan Ali scored 2 runs.
De Cock had scored just two runs in his first innings with 15 runs when he was caught by Yasir’s Oval.
Tamba Bauma, who scored 40, added 42 for the seventh wicket with George Linde before becoming the last man, as Noman took four quick wickets off 22 balls.
Earlier, after removing Aden Markram, who was caught by Abid Ali, Noman dismissed Linde for 11, Kagisu Rabada for one, and Enrich Nortje for Bauma LBW.
Due to his impressive performance, he became only the 12th Pakistani bowler to take five wickets in his first innings.
The hosts have won just one of their previous seven Tests against Pakistan in South Africa, with visitors claiming two wins with four draws.