Pakistan completed a 2-0 series whitewash in Rawalpindi as they beat South Africa by 95 runs to win the second and final Test. The thumping saw Pakistan gain eight rating points and moved to the no.5 spot in the latest ICC Test team rankings. Pakistan now has 90 rating points, while South Africa dropped one spot down to no.6 with 89 rating points.
New Zealand occupies the first place with 118.44 rating points while India is at no.2 with 117.55 points. Sri Lanka dropped a place following England’s whitewash at home to finish seventh in the list.
Pakistan’s thumping victory
The series win was the first for Babar Azam as the captain of the side. Pakistan were brilliant in all departments of the game as they outplayed the Proteas to seal a comfortable win. Captain Azam’s half-century and Faheem Ashraf’s unbeaten 78* helped Pakistan put on 272 runs in the 1st innings. In reply, South Africa only managed 201 as Hasan Ali, returning from injury ran through the Proteas side scalping five wickets.
Mohammad Rizwan’s maiden Test ton along with Nauman Ali’s well made 45 saw the hosts score 298 in the second innings. South Africa, who needed 370 runs to win the game, succumbed under the scoreboard pressure. Aiden Markram’s 108 and 61 from Temba Bavuma went in vain as South Africa bundled out for 274, losing the match by 95 runs.
Hasan Ali took yet another fifer in the second innings to complete 10 wickets for the game. He was adjudged as the Player of the Match for his heroics on comeback.