Alam scored his first century on home soil in 221 balls with a strike rate of 45.25

KARACHI (Dunya News) – Fawad Alam hit fighting third century on Wednesday with a six to lead Pakistan s resistance against South Africa on the second day of the opening Test at the National Stadium Karachi (NSK) in Karachi.

Alam scored his first century on home soil in 221 balls with a strike rate of 45.25, including eight fours and two sixes.

This is the first time Alam is playing red-ball cricket at home as all of his earlier seven appearances in the format had featured the left-arm batsman on foreign soil.

His experience in Karachi shone through especially in the way he handled the spin of Keshav Maharaj, who threatened most consistently through the session and was responsible for breaking the seemingly impregnable partnership between Alam and Azhar Ali.

Alam was dropped on 35 by Dean Elgar, who failed to hold a sharp edge off spinner Keshav Maharaj in the slips.

The two-match series marks South Africa s first trip to Pakistan in 14 years, after a deadly 2009 attack on Sri Lanka s team halted visits by foreign sides.


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