Pakistan and South Africa met in the first T20 match of the series on Thursday night, February 11 at Gaddafi Stadium (Lahore). After being whitewashed in the Test series, the visiting South Africa came to the field with the conviction of victory. But Depending on the first T20 century of the career of Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan, Pakistan got a great victory by 3 runs against the Proteas.
South Africa captain Heinrich Klaasen decided to field after winning the toss and sent Pakistan to bat.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam was run out in the second ball of the first over and returned to the dressing room. After that, when everyone was coming to the crease and leaving as well, Mohammad Rizwan played an invincible inning at the other end of the crease. Thanks to his unbeaten innings of 104 off 64 balls, Pakistan lost six wickets in 20 overs and managed to score a challenging 169 runs. He has hit six fours and seven sixes in this innings. Andile Phehlukwayo(2-33, 4 overs) was the highest wicket-taker for the Proteas.
Coming to bat for chasing down 170, South Africa got off to a great start. The visitors were on their way to victory with 53 runs in the first 6.5 overs. But the Proteas’ innings seemed a bit chaotic after losing Janneman Malan and No. 3 batsman Jacques Snyman within scoring 8 runs. Malan was bowled by Usman Qadir scoring 44 off 29 balls with 8 fours and 1 six. Snyman was then lost his wicket after scoring two runs off the ball of Usman Qadir.
Even then, South Africa was hoping their opener Reeza Hendricks could boost their hope of victory. But Reeza Hendricks ended up with a disappointing run out for 134 runs. Their hopes of victory were shattered completely after Andile Phehlukwayo got out being caught at the fist of Haider Ali in one of Haris Rauf’s deliveries. But in the end, Dwaine Pretorius and Bjorn Fortuin raised hopes again. They needed 19 runs to win in the last over. The pair could manage to put on 15 runs in the last over with a six and a four. Usman Qadir (2-21, 4 overs) and Haris Rauf (2-44, 4 overs) took the wickets for Pakistan.
After winning this match, Pakistan goes ahead in the three-match T20 series (1-0). The two teams will meet in the second match of the series at Gaddafi Stadium (Lahore) tomorrow.
Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Babar Azam (c), Hussain Talat, Mohammad Nawaz, Usman Qadir, Haris Rauf, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi.
South Africa: Janneman Malan, Jacques Snyman, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen (c & wk), Andile Phehlukwayo, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi, Bjorn Fortuin, Lutho Sipamla.
Pakistan – 169/6 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Babar, 0.2 over), 2-37 (Haider, 5.1 over), 3-69 (Talat, 9.2 over), 4-99 (Iftikhar, 12.2 over), 5-134 (Khushdil, 16.3 over), 6-143 (Faheem, 17.6 over)
South Africa – 166/6 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-53 (Malan, 6.5 over), 2-61 (Snyman, 8.6 over), 3-83 (Miller, 11.6 over), 4-115 (Heinrich, 15.2 over), 5-134 (Reeza, 17.2 over), 6-139 (Phehlukwayo, 17.5 over)
Result – Pakistan won by 3 runs
Player of the Match – Mohammad Rizwan
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