Pak vs SA 2nd Test- Opening batsman Aiden Markram on Monday became the first South Africa opener to hit a century in fourth innings of a Test match in Asia. He is also the fifth batsman to hit a century twice in the fourth innings of a Test match for South Africa. The 26-year-old took 221 deliveries to bring up his fifth Test century on Day five of the second Test between Pakistan and South Africa in Rawalpindi. His innings also included 12 fours and three sixes.
Equals AB De Villiers, Faf Du Plessis record
Markram has equalled the previous record held by former SA skippers AB De Villiers, Faf Du Plessis and Herbie Taylor (two centuries in fourth innings for SA). He is only two centuries away from Graeme Smith who has the record of most (four) tons for SA in fourth innings.
A fifth Test century for Aiden Markram, and his first away from home 👏
— ICC (@ICC) February 8, 2021
Most 4th innings centuries in Test cricket for South Africa
4 – Graeme Smith
2 – Herbie Taylor / AB de Villiers / Faf du Plessis / Aiden Markram
Aiden Markram is also the first South African opener to score a 4th innings Test century in Asia. #PAKvSA
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) February 8, 2021
His performance comes a day after West Indies debutant Kyle Mayers scored a double hundred (highest score in Asia by visiting team) in the fourth innings against Bangladesh.
Markram’s effort with the bat has helped South Africa stay on top of the game against Pakistan in the opening session. At lunch break, the visitors required just 151 runs to level the series 1-1 in the two-match Test series.
On Sunday, Pak wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan had slammed 115 runs to help the hosts set a target of 370 runs for South Africa in the fourth innings. The two teams were bowled out for 201 and 272 runs in their first innings respectively. They will next face each other in a three-match T20I contest slated to begin on February 11.
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