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Dean Elgar says Proteas are on top as they look for early strike

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  • Proteas opener Dean Elgar says South Africa have the upper hand after the opening day of the first Test against Pakistan.
  • Elgar, who scored 58 as the Proteas scored 220, stated that the Proteas are getting more confident as the Test progresses.
  • Pakistan will resume on Day 2 on 33/4 in Karachi on Wednesday (07:00 SA time).

Opening batsman Dean Elgar believes the Proteas were on top at end of day one of the first Test against Pakistan in Karachi.

The Proteas were bundled out for 220 on a flat and slow pitch with spinner Yasir Shah claiming three for 52.

READ | Elgar looks to important first hour on Day 2 to cap Proteas' impressive fightback

Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada then led a much-needed fightback as he claimed two wickets with the hosts on 33/4 at the close of play on Tuesday.

Elgar, who top-scored for his side with 58, acknowledged that the Proteas had upper hand.

"I think we are [on top] though after our first innings of batting I don't think I would've said that. We would have paid good money to have them four (wickets) down for such a low score," said Elgar.

"I do think South Africa had the better day even though it was a very low score in the first innings for us. It could have gone either way with maybe 40 for nought and then we would've been in a bad position on day two."

Pakistan's experienced Azhar Ali (5*) is still at the crease with Fawad Alam (5*) as the hosts trail by 187 runs.

Elgar is hoping that the Proteas will wrap up the remaining six wickets as quickly as possible to extend their lead.

"Tomorrow we only need six wickets and we need to apply ourselves and hopefully learn from our mistakes, and try and get a sizeable lead on Pakistan," he said.

"Knowing that this pitch will get tougher, and knowing that we have good spinners, I am confident that we can get further ahead."

Rabada is one wicket away from claiming his 200th Test wicket from 44 Tests.

Play on Day 2 is scheduled to start at 07:00 SA time.

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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