Fast bowler Hasan Ali’s five-wicket haul earned Pakistan a vital 71-run first innings lead against South Africa on the third day of the second Test in Rawalpindi.
Hasan, returning to the five-day format after a two-year absence due to injuries, took 5-54 as South Africa was bowled out for 201 on Saturday.
Pakistan’s problems up front continued in the series after losing openers Abid Ali (13) and Imran Butt (0) before going to tea at 2-42 with a 113-run lead.
Kagiso Rabada trapped Butt lbw before Pakistan had scored in their second innings. The right-handed opener, who made his Test debut at Karachi where Pakistan won by seven wickets, has only scored 36 runs in four innings after Shan Masood was dropped for the home series.
Abid also had below-par scores of 4, 10 and 6 in the previous three Test innings before he was caught behind off left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj for his top score in the series.
Azhar Ali survived a close lbw against Maharaj and was unbeaten on 22 while captain Babar Azam was not out on 5.
Earlier, Hasan picked up three wickets, and poor running cost South Africa two run-outs before the visitors were bowled out half-an-hour after lunch.
Temba Bavuma, who resumed on 15, fought a lone battle to remain unbeaten on 44 off 138 balls before Hasan wrapped up the innings by claiming the last two wickets off successive deliveries.
Bavuma and Wiaan Mulder (33) dug in for 90 minutes and raised a half-century stand before Pakistan struck with two quick wickets in the last half hour before lunch.
Mulder was was run-out while going for a needless second run before George Linde, who scored a run-a-ball 21 with three fours and a six, was deceived by Hasan with a slower delivery and was clean bowled.
Resuming on 4-106, captain Quinton de Kock’s poor run of form in the series continued when he could add only five to his overnight score of 24 and was clean bowled by Shaheen Afridi (1-37) in the third over of the day.
Umpire Ahsan Raza erred for the second time in the day when Maharaj successfully went for lbw television review after the on-field umpire had ruled him out off Hasan as South Africa moved to 7-188 at lunch.
Hasan returned after the interval and cleaned bowled both Maharaj and No.11 Nortje, and Rabada was run out.