South Africa arrived in Pakistan to play the two-match Test series followed by the three-match T20I series. Proteas captain Quinton de Kock won the toss and elected to bat first at National Stadium, Karachi.
Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram provided a decent start to the game. The Proteas opening pair added a 30-run stand before Markram departed after making just 13. Shaheen Afridi took his wicket.
After the fall of the first wicket, Dean Elgar and Van Der Dussen played gradually to keep the scorecard ticking. However, their partnership didn’t last long as Van Der Dussen was run out by the combined efforts of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan.
Rizwan affects a brilliant run-out
While South Africa was batting at 63/1, Faheem Ashraf was brought into the bowling attack by the skipper. The right-arm fast bowler delivered a length ball to Van Der Dussen and the latter nudged it towards the extra cover for a single.
But little did Russen know that he hit the ball straight to Babar Azam. Meanwhile, Van Der Dussen’s partner Dean Elgar didn’t respond to the single but the former already covered half the pitch.
Elgar sent him back and Van Der Dussen was rushing towards the striker’s end. The right-handed batsman put in a full-blooded dive to reach the crease. But all of a sudden, Rizwan affected a sharp run-out.
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As soon as Van Der Dussen hit the ball to Babar Azam, the latter picked up the ball and threw it quickly to the wicketkeeper. Mohammed Rizwan caught the ball and brought his wicketkeeping skills to his forefront when he affected a sensational run-out to dismiss Proteas batsman.
Fans from every nook and corner of the cricket fraternity are praising Rizwan for his top-class effort. The video clip of the same has gone viral on social media platforms. Van Der Dussen departed after making 17 with the help of 3 fours.
South Africa in complete command
The visitors kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and there was no stability in the batting line-up. Opening batsman Elgar top-scored for the visitors with 58 including 9 fours to his name. George Linde played his part down the order as he scored 35.
South Africa was bowled out for 220 in the first innings. Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah was the pick of the bowlers as he accounted for 3 dismissals. Shaheen Afridi and Nauman Ali took 2 wickets apiece while Hasan Ali settled for just 1 wicket.
In reply, Pakistan’s batting unit collapsed miserably as they fell prey to the South African bowling attack. South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada provided a sensational start to the game by getting rid of Pakistani openers. Imran Butt and Abid Ali departed for 9 and 4 respectively.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam was dismissed leg before wicket off Maharaj’s bowling. Anrich Nortje dismissed Shaheen Afridi for a duck as he made a mess of his stumps. Pakistan lost 4 wickets for just 33 runs at the end of Day 1. The hosts currently trail by 187 runs.