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South Africa vs Pakistan 2nd T20I: South Africa win by 6 wickets

South Africa celebrate
South Africa celebrate
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South Africa put up a commanding show to level the T20I series, with a six wicket win, with 36 balls to spare, against Pakistan at Wanderers, Johannesburg. 

The tourists were themselves to blame for they looked out of sort in all the departments of the game, having surprisingly dropped their in-form batsman, Fakhar Zaman. It was a day to remember for George Linde, named player of the match, after contributing with the bat, ball and three catches in the outfield.

Match Summary

South Africa 141/4 (14 ov)

Pakistan 140/9 (20 ov)

South Africa won by 6 wickets

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South Africa unchanged from the first game, might have gone with a batsman short. The match kicked off with an exciting overwhen Mohammad Rizwan, down the track to left-arm spinner Linde, was out to a high catch at mid-off. His partner, Sharjeel Khan, opened his account with a six over the long off. In the third over he too was caught too after an ill-advised lofted attempt for a big hit and Pakistan were 11-2, against the same bowler and both catches accepted by Aiden Markram. South Africa were clearly ahead on points in powerplay, having kept the score down to 35-2 after6 overs.

Looking in good touch, Mohammad Hafeez, hit 3 fours off his first 11 balls and was prepared for calculated risks and didn’t allow Tabraiz Shamsi, sitting at the top of the ICC T20I rankings, to strike early. South African captain Heinrich Klassen, only used four bowlers, till the half way stage and the score was 65-2 after 10 overs. Linde picked up Hafeez (32 off 24 balls) and finished his four-over spell with career-best excellent figures of 3-23.

Pakistan needed a total close to 180 to stay in the game and now all rested on their skipper Babar Azam, who had chosen to bat first, not common on this ground. Over number 12, bowled by Sisanda Magala, didn’t look ending for it featured three no-balls, three wides and worth 18 runs to Pakistan total. The hundred mark was reached in 14.1 overs and the batting side was in need of a cameo to post a match winning total.

In the end, Shamsi’s left-arm wrist spin only went for 22 and now his fellow bowlers were in the death overs. They did a splendid job in only giving away 38 runs in last five overs and Pakistan , never allowed to find any momentum, ended with a below par 140-9. Even Babar’s 50, seventh wicket to fall in the 18th over, had no significance

Chasing a modest target, South Africa opted to take the aggressive route and Markram with 54 off 30 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes, set it up for his side. By the first powerplay they had sped to 58-2 and Pakistan were clearly on the back foot. There were some easy pickings for both Klassen (36 not out) and Linde (20 not out), as the target was achieved with full six overs still to be bowled. It will be unfair to pick one player for Pakistan’s defeat but Sharjeel looked rusty, both in batting and in the field, particularly with a misjudged cat.

Teams

South Africa - Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen (c & wk), Pite van Biljon, Wihan Lubbe, George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo, Sisanda Magala, Beuran Hendricks, Lizaad Williams, Tabraiz Shamsi 

Pakistan - Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Qadir, Haris Rauf 


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