South Africa vs Pakistan

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Hamza replaced suspended regular captain Faf du Plessis and became South Africa's 100th Test cap since the country returned to global cricket in 1991.

The rest of the team should remain unchanged unless the selectors decide to rest one or two players and their bowlers may be candidates to make way with Keshav Maharaj available to come in but given the changes in the batting order and the dominance their pace bowlers have over Pakistan, they may go unchanged there.

The visiting team was 17 for 2 in nine overs, still trailing by 245 runs, with Imam-ul-Haq and nightwatchman Abbas unbeaten on 10 and 0 respectively when stumps were drawn.

Left to negotiate a tricky 40 minutes before the close, Pakistan lost Shan Masood, their top scorer in the series, for two when a successful review by South Africa showed he had got a faint edge to a ball angled across him. Markram was then joined by Hashim Amla and the two ensured that the home team didn't lose any more wickets in the morning session.

Meanwhile, Amla was content to play a supporting role in a partnership that was worth 126. He looked set for a fifth test century before getting a slight touch to Faheem Ashraf's wayward leg-side delivery and being snagged behind. Hamza impressed with the bat as he scored 41 runs.

Theunis de Bruyn (49) and Zubayr Hamza (41), who was on his test debut, had a 75-run stand for the fourth wicket to keep South Africa in apparent control. De Bruyn too looked solid during his stay and pounced on every bad delivery.

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Allrounder Faheem Ashraf took 3-57 after being one of three players called into the side for the series-ender.

Earlier in the day, South Africa was bowled out for 262 after they failed to build on the superb foundation laid by opener Aiden Markram.

Amir grabbed two crucial wickets in quick succession, working over Temba Bavuma with a series of outstanding deliveries before the batsman edged behind.

For South Africa, it was a case of missed opportunities.

For Pakistan, Ashraf picked up three wickets, while Abbas, Amir and Hassan took two scalps each.

Talented youngster Shaheen Shah Afridi could be rested for this final Test as he has started to look somewhat worn out as many of their players did in the last Test so Hasan Ali could come back in while spinner Shadab Khan could be handed an opportunity to get some more experience in the Test match format.

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