2nd T20I: South Africa beats Pakistan by 6 wickets to level the series 1-1 | Cricket News

LAHORE: Fast bowler Dwaine Pretorius recorded the best numbers for South Africa in the shortest format to help his team beat Pakistan by six wickets in the second Twenty20 international in Lahore on Saturday.
The 31-year-old caught 5-17 to keep Pakistan 144-7 in 20 assists before Pite van Biljon (42) and Reeza Hendricks (42) defeated the modest target in 16.2 assists.
It was a shrewd performance from Pretorius which improved slightly from a South African’s previous best numbers, 5-19 by middle stimulus Ryan McLaren against the West Indies in North Sound in 2010.
Mohammad Rizwan was the top scorer for Pakistan with a 41-ball 51 laced with six limits and a six while Faheem Ashraf hit two limits and as many six in his 12 balls 30 not out.
Skinny Pakistani paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi gave his team an ideal start as he dismissed Janneman Malan with the second ball in the set and Jon-Jon Smuts in the next, finishing 2-18 in three overs.
But Hendricks and Biljon punished erratic bowling on their third 77-point stand before the two fell in successive overs.
Hendricks, who hit three sixes and as many limits in his 30-ball stroke, was eventually caught by leg spinner Usman Qadir in the 12th. Biljon hit two sixes and three limits on 32 balls before gently returning a leading edge to left arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz.
David Miller (25 steps out) and skipper Heinrich Klaasen (17 steps out) added 40 in an unbroken fifth wicket to see their team across the line.
Pakistan were lifted again by Rizwan who followed up his 89 against New Zealand in December and 104 not out of the first game with another great shot.
After losing the toss, Pakistani skipper Babar Azam opened the stick but was soon on his way back to the lodge as Pretorius trapped him in the front leg in the second.
At 48-6, the home side struggled but Rizwan, who became just the fourth Pakistani batsman to score three consecutive T20I 50s, added 45 for the fourth wicket with Iftikhar Ahmed making 20.
Mohammad Hafeez (twice), Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal and Azam have already hit three fifties in successive T20I matches.
Rizwan ultimately left for 51 years, coming up against Andile Phehlukwayo after falling for a slower ball from Pretorius.
Pretorius also knocked out Iftikhar and Khushdil Shah for 15 years before luring Mohammad Nawaz for a second ball duck to take more than a wicket for the first time in his 13-game Twenty20 international career.
The third and final match will also take place in Lahore on Sunday.

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