The first Test between Pakistan and South Africa began in Karachi today and it’s safe to say that the opening day has been full of action, so far.
Bowlers dominated on the first day of the first Test between Pakistan and South Africa as 14 wickets fell at the National Stadium in Karachi to bring an end to an eventful yet even day of cricket.
After reducing the Proteas side to a small total of 220 in their first innings on a track that seemed flat initially, the Pakistan side was provided a rude awakening as South African bowlers ripped through their top-order.
Opener Abid Ali, who has been searching for form in recent times, had his stumps uprooted, by pacer Kagiso Rabada, after scoring just four runs off nine deliveries as the ball stayed low.
The fiery Rabada then got the ball to bounce higher than usual from the same length as debutant Imran Butt tried to fend off the brutal delivery only to get caught by substitute fielder Keegan Petersen.
Veteran batsman Azhar Ali and skipper Babar Azam then tried to negate the aggression shown by the Proteas bowlers with a cautious approach.
As Proteas opt to bat in the first Test against Pakistan, fans were thrilled to see Pakistani wicketkeeper Muhammad Rizwan belly-flopping just in time to run out South African batsman Rassie van der Dussen for 63 runs on Tuesday.
Pakistani cricketer Imran Butt also took an excellent leap to catch out South African opener Aiden Markram off Shaheen Shah Afridi on Tuesday making his Test debut a memorable one. The cricket fans were pleased to see the positive attitude of Pakistani team in the field today.
Here’s the video of Mohammad Rizwan diving full length:
Mohammad Rizwan doing @iMRizwanPak things ⚡️
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) January 26, 2021
Twittterati went all praise for Wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan’s brilliant display of athleticism: Here’s how they react:
— Ukkasha kalanchwi (@UKalanchwi) January 26, 2021
Jhonty Rodhes Ka badla ft. Mohammad Rizwan pic.twitter.com/0RsV0loQfT
— whom?️ (@imhassanahmed) January 26, 2021
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) January 26, 2021
— Psycho._.Girl? (@ZainabBangash12) January 26, 2021
Van der Dussan is Run Out!!!!
Super Man Mohammad Rizwan with a Diving Effort;Rizwan u Beauty
— Tajammal Writes ?? (@Tajamul_jatt) January 26, 2021
Itna crowd Pakistan me test matches me wesey aata nehi hae jitnay ki awaaz PTV per a rehi hae. #PAKvsSA
— Saqib Shah (@Saqibca) January 26, 2021