Fawad Alam of Pakistan hit his third Test century as Pakistan established the lead of 88 runs on the second day of the first Test against South Africa.
Fawad, who returned to the Pakistan squad in 2019 after more than a decade-long absence, reached 109 off 245 balls as the hosts made 308 in Karachi.
Pakistan had lost four late wickets for 33 runs on a charming opening day.
But Azhar Ali and Faheem Ashraf made 50s as Pakistan recovered to surpass South Africa 220 opening day.
Despite rebounding in a vulnerable position of 33-4, the hosts held firm on Wednesday, adding 71 without a loss before lunch and closing into 42 of South Africa’s first total of innings with four wickets in hand.
Azhar and Fawad led the charge, half a century first including four boundaries before he was caught by South African skipper Quinton de Kock off spinner Keshav Maharaj.
Fawad moved to 63 as Pakistan reached 178 for six tea – Mohammad Rizwan pulled by Lungi Ngidi for 33 – and the 35-year-old brought up his impressive century in style by clearing the border.
The breakthrough in South Africa eventually arrived as Temba Bavuma caught Fawad for the second Ngidi wicket of the day.
Faheem continued to add to the total, reaching 64 before being bowled by Anrich Nortje, as Pakistan finished the day with two wickets remaining.
The two-match series marks South Africa’s first trip to Pakistan in 14 years, after a lethal attack in 2009 on a Sri Lankan team prevented visits from foreign sides. (BBC Sport)