South Africa’s first order fell to 106-4 on stumps after Faheem Ashraf’s second half-century in a row rallied Pakistan’s first set to 272 in second test on Friday.
South Africa is trailing Pakistan by 166 points in a game they must win to draw the series.
Pakistani fast bowler Hasan Ali (2-29) grabbed his successive delivery wickets and Ashraf caught up with Faf du Plessis (17) to leave South Africa struggling in their opening innings on day two.
Left-arm spinner Nauman Ali (1-19), who pocketed seven wickets in his first test in Karachi last week at the age of 34, secured the key wicket from Aiden Markram (32) with South Africa troubled by both the pace and the effects.
Temba Bavuma survived a lost hold and went undefeated on the 15th. Captain Quinton de Kock hit three successive limits off Yasir Shah for his undefeated 24 on 11 balls.
Previously, pacemaker Anrich Nortje had picked up 5-56 to take out Pakistan half an hour before tea.
Ashraf anchored Pakistan’s lower-ranking resistance with a best score of 78 unreleased, including 12 on four, before Nortje finished the innings by winning the final two wickets in three balls.
Nortje played at a menacing pace – on a wicket that lightened considerably for the stick – to win his third shot from five wickets in his 10th tryout game.
“I think with the hard ball there is something for fast bowlers,” said Nortje. He called his performance “really special”.
Nortje won two wickets in the first session, including Babar on the second ball of the day after Pakistan picked up on 145-3. Azam played a free shot and du Plessis held a heads-up hold on the second slip.
Babar could not add to his 77 overnight. He helped revive Pakistan’s 22-3 innings with Fawad Alam the first day before the rain and a wet field wiped out the final session on Thursday.
Alam, who scored 45, fell to Bavuma’s splendid direct throw to the non-attacking end from a short center gate as the left-handed batsman set off on an unnecessary run.
Ashraf then provided the bulk of the scoring and shared a 41-point stand with Mohammad Rizwan (18) before Nortje immediately hit with the second new ball.
Nortje tested Rizwan with a short-step delivery and the top pull went straight to the hands of thin-leg Kagiso Rabada before Ashraf raised his fourth 50 in his eighth test game.
Ashraf finished his half century with 97 balls with a straight limit off Rabada just before lunch and two balls later shot the quick pitcher at midwicket for his ninth limit.
Ashraf survived an early lbw TV reference to left arm spinner Keshav Maharaj (3-90), and he also needed a brief treatment after Rabada’s short-distance delivery with the second short story. bullet struck the right arm of the left.
Ashraf showed a lot of patience in his shots over 3-1 / 2 hours. He extended Pakistan’s resistance after lunch, adding 30 points with Yasir (8) and 21 with Nauman Ali (8) before Nortje claimed the last two wickets in three balls.
“I still believe that I am a versatile player and that the stick is my most,” said Ashraf.
Hasan, back to test cricket in this series after a two-year absence, caught Dean Elgar (15) in the last class before tea and then followed him uprooting the stump of Rassie van der Dussen during the next delivery.
Du Plessis denied Hasan a hat-trick with a sharp limit through slips, but his poor run continued when Ashraf secured a slim advantage in the final Pakistan-dominated session.
Pakistan lead the two-game series 1-0 after beating the Proteas in the first test by seven wickets in Karachi.