Faheem Ashraf strikes, Markram out on 90

Monitoring, Jan 11 (INP) – South Africa lost second wicket when Aiden Markram Markram fell 10 short of his hundred and was caught behind down the leg side on Faheem Ashraf’s delivery.

Markram made a stroke-filled 90 on 124 balls. South Africa are 132-2.

At the beginning, Elgar was caught behind off Mohammad Abbas for five in the second over after winning the toss and deciding to bat on easily the best pitch for batsmen in the series.

Markram, who had to pass a fitness test after suffering a badly bruised right thigh while fielding in the second Test in Cape Town, gave a sharp chance to short leg Shan Masood off Mohammad Amir when he had two, but otherwise looked in command on an easy-paced surface.

Markram hit 14 boundaries off 101 balls in an innings marked by crisply-struck drives and clips to leg.

Hashim Amla was content to play a supporting role and made 22 not out in a partnership which was worth 102 at lunch.

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