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Markram helps South African recovery against Pakistan

AFP  |  JOHANNESBURG 

hit a half-century as recovered from the early loss of stand-in on the first day of the third and final Test against on Friday.

made a stroke-filled 78 not out in a South African total of 108 for one at lunch.

Elgar was caught behind off 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 off when he had two, but otherwise looked in command on an easy-paced surface.

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

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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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 17:55 IST
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