South Africa Win Rain-Curtailed Opener
South Africa 153-7 (de Kock 43) beat
Pakistan 60-2 by four runs (D/L)
First Twenty20 International, Johannesburg
South Africa won the first Twenty20 International against Pakistan in Johannesburg by four runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method after heavy rain cut the game short.
The home side had posted 153 for seven from their 20 overs and when the rain arrived at The Wanderers, Pakistan were on 60 for two after 9.1 overs.
To have won the match they would have needed to have been on 65 but were eventually made to pay for failing to keep things tight in the field and then being unable to accelerate to keep up with the required run-rate.
Cruelly, the four byes that Umar Akmal let through from the final ball of South Africa's innings ended up being the margin that separated the two sides.
South Africa decided to rest AB de Villiers and thanks to Quinton de Kock's 43 in 33 balls and Hashim Amla's 31 in 20 balls at the top of the order, made a superb start.
Despite Pakistan leaving out Saeed Ajmal, they pegged the Proteas back, Mohammad Hafeez taking two for 25, Junaid Khan two for 24 and Shahid Afridi one for 14.
Debutant Bilawal Bhatti took one for 35, having JP Duminy caught by Hafeez for 11. Faf du Plessis hit 22 and David Miller was unbeaten on 19 in 11 balls at the end to give South Africa a late flourish.
It was the sort of flourish that with the rain clouds hovering, Pakistan could have done with as they began their run chase.
Instead, Ahmed Shehzad made nine in as many balls and Nasir Jamshed a pedestrian 18 in 25 as the pair were kept quiet by Lonwabo Tsotsobe (1-19) and Dale Steyn (0-13).
Tsotsobe completed his four overs and deserves credit for pulling things back after his first two deliveries leaked six runs in wides.
He bowled Shehzad, Jamshed was caught and bowled by Duminy and although Hafeez tried to up the run-rate, hitting 13 in 15 balls and Akmal made five in three, they hadn't quite done enough when the bad weather rolled in.
The second and final match is in two days (22nd November).
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