The South African visitors made a brilliant comeback in the T20I three-game series against host Pakistan after comfortably winning the second T20I of this series by six wickets.
Behind the series by 1-0, the visiting captain chose to line up first after winning the draw in this Lahore T20I. While Pakistan managed to score 144/7 in the opening innings, South Africa chased that goal in 16.2 overs after losing four wickets.
Pakistan vs South Africa 2021, 2nd Q20I
2nd leg (South Africa): Pakistan made an early breakthrough but the visitors soon controlled the game
On the very second ball of the heats, Shaheen Shah Afridi | threw Janneman Malan (4), who started the innings with a four. In the third, Afridi sacked JJ Smuts (7) as South Africa struggled on 21/2.
Opener Reeza Hendricks and Pite van Biljon put the crucial 77-run partnership for the third wicket, which helped the visitors take full control of this chase. The two scored 42 points each where Usman Qadir took the wicket from Hendricks and Biljon was caught and played by Mohammad Nawaz.
Later David Miller and the Captain Heinrich Klaasen guided South Africa safely to the crucial series victory. While Miller scored 25 non-eliminated points, Klaasen scored 17 non-eliminated points as they had the 40-point partnership for the unbroken fifth wicket.
1st round (Pakistan): Dwaine Pretorius was the hero while fit Mohammad Rizwan scored fifty more
Opener and wicket keeper Mohammad Rizwan continued his superb form but once again didn’t get the proper support from the other end. Captain Babar Azam (5) again lost his wicket on the eighth ball of the day by becoming the first victim of Dwaine Pretorius in this T20I match. Haider Ali (10) also lost his wicket in the power play as Andile Phehlukwayo picked up that wicket.
Just after the power play, Tabraiz Shamsi fired Hussain Talat (3). Then Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed put in the crucial 45-innings partnership for the fourth wicket. But then Pretorius dominated with the ball in hand. After Rizwan finished his third consecutive T20I fifty on 39 balls, Iftikhar (20) lost his wicket on the next ball as Pretorius got that wicket.
In his next, Pretorius took the big wicket from Rizwan who scored 51 of 41 balls (6 to four and only six). In his last over, Pretorius dismissed Khushdil Shah (15) and Mohammad Nawaz (0) and finished with bowling numbers of 4-0-17-5.
Faheem Ashraf did his best to play a quick cameo at the end as he scored 30 paces on 12 balls (2 fours and 2 sixes).
Short scores: Pakistan – 144/7 in 20 overs (Mohammad Rizwan 51, Faheem Ashraf 30 *; Dwaine Pretorius 5/17)
South Africa – 145/4 in 16.2 overs (Reeza Hendricks 42, Pite van Biljon 42; Shaheen Shah Afridi 2/18)
Result – South Africa won by 6 wickets