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South Africa captain Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma will continue their 5th wicket partnership, currently standing at 25 runs, on Day 3 of the second test in Rawalpindi on Friday. De Kock might have had a breezy start to his innings with 24 off just 11 balls but he will have to bat under pressure as hosts Pakistan have reduced South Africa to 106/4, as of Stumps Day 2.


After ace pacer Anrich Nortje’s 5-wicket haul in the 1st innings that restricted Pakistan to 272, the hosts bounced back and thumped South Africa’s top four to maintain the pressure on the visitors. South Africa are still trailing by 166 runs and will be looking to shrug off the pressure on Day 3.


South Africa are up against a big challenge in Rawalpindi as they have crossed the 300 mark only three times in their last 25 Test innings in the sub-continent. After Aiden Markram was dismissed by Nauman Ali, the visitors were reduced to 81/4, it seemed as if South Africa are down for another collapse.


The onus will be on the 5th wicket pair of Bavuma and de Kock to build a partnership as South Africa focus on levelling the two-match series after having suffered a 7-wicket defeat in the 1st test in Karachi.

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