Pakistan Batting Folds Again To Hand South Africa Easy Win

Dale Steyn walks off
Dale Steyn was named man of the match in Dubai for his haul of three for 15.
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South Africa 99-1 (de Kock 48no) beat
Pakistan 98-9 (Steyn 3-15) by 9 wickets
First Twenty20 International, Dubai

South Africa had another dismal Pakistan batting effort to thank for a convincing win in the opening T20 International in Dubai.

The match was turned into a no-contest virtually from the start as Dale Steyn and Lonwabo wreaked havoc in their opening overs. Umar Akmal did take Pakistan close to three figures with a calm 49, but the Proteas eased to their target of 99 for the loss of only one wicket.

Tsotsobe had Ahmed Shehzad dismissed fifth ball for a duck in his first over after Pakistan had won the toss and chosen to bat. Sohaib Maqsood and Mohammad Hafeez then followed in the very next over, delivered by Dale Steyn, to make it four for three.

In truth, Pakistan never really recovered from this dreadful start. Shahid Afridi was fourth man out in the seventh over for 10 to make it 21 for four, with Shoaib Malik (12), Abdul Razzaq (10) and Sohail Tanvir (0) hardly posing too many problems.

Umar Akmal did at least show some fight in a match that could have turned into an embarrassment for the nominal home side. Entering the fray at number eight in the batting line-up, he made 49 off 41 balls before being ninth man out to the penultimate ball of the innings.

The South African bowling figures make for particularly pleasing reading if you are a Proteas fan. Tsotsobe recorded two for nine from his four overs, including delivering two maidens, while Steyn finished with three for 15. Imran Tahir was also effective after being rested for the final ODI and returned figures of two for 17; dismissing Shoaib Malik and Sohail Tanvir.

South Africa were never likely to be unduly troubled in their run chase despite losing Hashim Amla for 13 in Tanvir’s first over. Quinton de Kock carried over his good form from the latter half of the ODI series to finish on 48 off 38 balls, sharing an unbroken 83 with skipper Faf du Plessis (37 not out off 40 balls) for the second-wicket.

South Africa eventually won in the 15th over and go into Friday’s second and final game with at least a share of the series guaranteed.

© Cricket World 2013

Fixtures & Results

14th-18th October: 1st Test, Abu Dhabi

PAK 442 & 45-3 beat RSA 249 & 232 by 7 wickets
23rd-27th October: 2nd Test, Dubai

RSA 517 beat PAK 99 & 326 by an innings & 92 runs
30th October: 1st ODI, Sharjah

RSA 183 beat PAK 182 by 1 run
1st November: 2nd ODI, Dubai

PAK 209 beat RSA 143 by 66 runs
6th November: 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi

RSA 259-8 beat PAK 191 by 68 runs
8th November: 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi

RSA 266-5 beat PAK 238 by 28 runs
11th November: 5th ODI, Sharjah

RSA 268-7 beat PAK 151 by 117 runs
13th November: 1st T20I, Dubai

RSA 99-1 beat PAK 98-9 by 9 wickets
15th November: 2nd T20I, Dubai

RSA 150-5 beat PAK 144-9 by 6 runs