Fast bowler Dwaine Pretorius took a record 5-17 in South Africa’s six-wicket victory over Pakistan in their second Twenty20 international match on Saturday.
Pretorius’ numbers were the best of a South African melon in a T20 international and helped limit Pakistan to 144-7 after Heinrich Klaasen again won the draw.
A 77-run partnership for the third wicket on 53 balls between Reeza Hendricks (42) and Pite van Biljon (42) scripted Proteas’ clinical chase as the visitors reached 145-4 in 16.2 overs and took ended their five-game losing streak. .
The third and final match will take place in Lahore on Sunday.
“We had good plans which we executed quite well,” said Pretorius. “I was just trying to mix my line and my length to make sure the guys couldn’t line me up.
Pakistani captain Babar Azam (5) saw a miserable run in the T20 series continue when Pretorius trapped his leg before removing his second ball.
Babar, who was knocked out without scoring in Pakistan’s three-point win in the opening T20, played across the line for a delivery that came to the batter.
Spinners Tabraiz Shamsi (1-16) and Jon-Jon Smuts (0-20) limited Pakistan in the middle of the overs with wrist spinner Shami not conceding a single limit of his four overs.
“We weren’t able to score enough points in the mid-overs and weren’t able to kick off the partnerships,” Babar said. “It was a similar wicket to the first game, but we made mistakes with the ball that cost us.
Pakistan’s middle order struggled against both spinners and only Mohammad Rizwan, who scored his first T20I ton on Thursday, showed promise again with a 51-ball of 41.
Iftikhar Ahmed (20) and Rizwan tried to force the run rate, but both sank into Pretorius’ return spell.
The right arm stimulator caught Khushdil Shah (15) in his last game before bowling Mohammad Nawaz for a duck from a brilliant yorker to improve Ryan McLaren’s previous South Africa record of 5- 19 against the Antilles in 2010 in Antigua.
Faheem Ashraf hit an undefeated 12-ball 30, which featured two fours and two sixes.
Shaheen Afridi (2-18) provided Pakistan with two early breakthroughs, but Hendricks and van Biljon dominated as bowlers struggled to grab a wet ball.
Legspinner Usman Qadir was crushed for two fours and three sixes on his four overs to finish with 1-43.
Hendricks hit three fours and three sixes before getting lost long in Qadir’s final pass.
Van Biljon, one of three changes South Africa made since the first game, followed in the next when left-arm spinner Nawaz found the leading edge.
David Miller (25 steps out) and Klaasen (17 steps out) finished the match with 22 balls in reserve.