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Pakistan off to solid start after South Africa’s 249

 

ABU DHABI: Pakistan was 122-0 in a solid start to their first innings after bowling out South Africa early on the second day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

Khurram Manzoor was unbeaten on 55 and with him debutant Shan Masood was on a confident 66 as Pakistan trail South Africa’s first innings total of 249 by 172 runs.

Both Pakistani openers conveyed a four-pronged South African pace attack without any trouble on a Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch which had little on offer for the fast bowlers.

Khurram, playing his 10th Test, has so far hit four boundaries while Masood, a productive scorer in Pakistan’s domestic matches, has also hit as many boundaries.

Earlier, Mohammad Irfan (3-44) dismissed centurion Hashim Amla off the second ball of the day after South Africa had resumed at 245-8.

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