Pakistan blitz South Africa with new ball to claim second Test and series

The fast bowler Hasan Ali’s maiden test 10-wicket haul gave Pakistan their first series win against South Africa in 18 years as they beat the Proteas by 95 runs in the second Test on Monday.

Hasan, who took five wickets in the first innings, tormented the Proteas again returning figures of five for 60 and South Africa collapsed to 274 all out after lunch on the last day. The last time Pakistan beat South Africa in a Test series was in 2003 when it won 1-0 at home.

Aiden Markram hit a resolute 108 – the opener’s first Test hundred in almost three years – and Temba Bavuma made 61 before Hasan got two wickets off two deliveries with the second new ball to spark the collapse.

Markram and Bevuma put on 106 runs for the fourth wicket and had given South Africa hope of chasing down the 370-run target after the Proteas resumed on 129 for one. But Hasan had Markram and the captain, Quinton de Kock, caught at second slip off successive deliveries and South Africa lost their last seven wickets for just 33 runs after lunch.

Shaheen Afridi mopped up the tail with four for 51 before the leg-spinner Yasir Shah brought up the victory by clean bowling Wiaan Mulder for 20. Markram hit 13 fours and three sixes in his five-and-a-half hour stint at the crease, but once Hasan provided the twin breakthrough South Africa lost wickets in bunches as they did in Karachi where they lost the first Test by seven wickets.

Pakistan rose to No 5 in the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings for the first time, their highest position since 2017, while South Africa slipped to No 6.