An unbeaten 94-run partnership for the second wicket between Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen has set up an exciting final day of the Pakistan-South Africa second Test in Rawalpindi.
South Africa finished the fourth day with 127 for one, meaning they need 243 runs on the final day to square the two-match series.
Chasing a mammoth target of 370 on a seemingly deteriorating pitch, Dean Elgar fell cheaply on team score 33, scoring 17 off 24 balls. But after his departure, Markram and van der Dussen saw the day off with a strong response from their willows.
While Markram was on 59 off 131 balls striking 9 fours and 2 sixes, van der Dussen made 48 off 94 with the help of 8 shots to the boundary.
Shaheen Afridi was the man from the home side to get the better of Elgar in the 9th over of the innings.
Earlier, Pakistan were bowled out for 298 in their second innings, but that was enough to set South Africa a challenging target of 370 runs.
Resuming Day 4 on 129 for six, wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan smacked an unbeaten 115-run knock to extend Pakistan’s overnight lead of 200 to 369.
Rizwan’s innings featured 15 boundaries, as he was ably supported by Yasir Shah (23) and Nauman Ali (45) in the lower-order. Specially his match-turning 97-run partnership for the ninth wicket with number ten batsman Nauman Ali was way too much to frustrate the Proteas.
For the visitors, George Linde finished with figures of 5-64 while Keshav Maharaj took 3-118.
Brief scores: Pakistan 271 & 298 (Mohammad Rizwan 115*, Nauman Ali 45; George Linde 5-64, Keshav Maharaj 3-118) lead South Africa 201 & 127/1 (Aiden Markram 59*, Rassie van der Dussen 48*; Shaheen Afridi 1-22) by 242 runs.