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Pakistan beat South Africa, take series 2-0 as Hassan Ali shines with twin fifers

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Pakistan beat South Africa in the second and final Test match of the series in Rawalpindi by 95 runs to take the series 2-0 after a rapid turnaround in the post-lunch session on the final day of the match on Monday, reports said.

Pacer Hassan Ali inflicted majority of the damage taking 10 wickets in the match.

From 241/3, South Africa lost their last 7 wickets for 33 runs.

Earlier, South Africa opener Aiden Markram hit a century to help the Proteas recover from Pakistan medium pacer Hasan Ali’s double strike in the morning session.

Markram drove the last ball before lunch from Fawad Alam to wide mid-on for a single to reach his fifth Test century — the first outside South Africa.

Temba Bavuma hit 44 not out as the pair guided South Africa to 219-3, needing another 151 runs in pursuit of a daunting 370-run target in a possible 65 overs.

But after the break, the visitors lost quick wickets in succession, with most of the damage being done by Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali.

South Africa were all out for 274, 95 runs shy of the target .

Both teams had been involved in a keen battle for victory as Pakistan eyes a first series win over South Africa since 2003 while the tourists pin hopes on their batsmen to get the highest run chase at this ground.

No team has ever chased more than the 369 runs that Australia achieved against Pakistan in a 1999 Test at Hobart.

The best chase at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in ten previous Tests is 200 scored by Sri Lanka in 2000. Resuming on 127-1, South Africa saw Dussen bowled off a beautiful inswinger by Hasan — only the third ball of the day — while Du Plessis was leg-before to the same bowler in the fifth over of the morning.

Hasan had figures of 5-60. It capped a miserable series for the experienced Du Plessis who managed just 55 in four innings.

Pakistan won the first Test in Karachi by seven wickets.

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