All-round Linde leads Proteas to level series
Hosts South Africa have levelled the four-match T20 series against Pakistan at 1-1 by picking up a convincing six-wicket win at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Monday (April 12), thanks to an all-round performance from George Linde.
Proteas opener Aiden Markram cracked a wonderful 54-run knock off 30 balls to see the hosts chase down Pakistan’s 141-run target with six wickets in hand.
Of Markram’s 54 runs, 46 of them came in boundaries; he smacked 7 fours and also cleared the ropes on three occasions.
Linde finished the chasing job with Heinrich Klaasen. While Linde scored 20 not out off 10 balls, Klaasen remained unbeaten 36 off 21 deliveries.
Earlier Babar Azam scored a run-a-ball fifty for the touring side. Left-arm spinner Linde and fast bowler Lizaad Williams took three wickets each.
Linde was adjudged the man of the match for his work with both bat and ball.
“It’s never easy bowling in the Powerplay as a spinner. We had a couple of game plans and I’m just glad it worked out well for us,” said Linde after the match.
“Personally it was a big confidence booster because I didn’t bowl that well the previous game. When I got that, I was just trying to keep that momentum. We chased it down in 14 overs so it was a good game for us all-round,” he added.
The two teams will meet again in the third T20 at Centurion on Wednesday (April 14), with the series set to conclude at the same venue two days later.
Brief scores: Pakistan 140/9 in 20 overs (Babar Azam 50; George Linde 3-23, Lizaad Williams 3-35) lost to South Africa 141/4 in 14 overs (Aiden Markram 54, Heinrich Klaasen 36*; Usman Qadir 2-26) by six wickets.