Pakistan earn consolation win in last match of SA tour
After a disappointing series defeat, Pakistan crawled back to their old form in the T20Is to win the final game of the tour against South Africa.
Winning the toss, the hosts opted to field first in the final game. Babar Azam, who opened the innings departed after a short cameo of 23 from 11 balls. Fakhar Zaman’s poor form in the T20 format continued as he departed for 17.
Skipper Shoaib Malik was run-out in a ridiculous way after a miscommunication with Hussain Talat. After the run-out, Talat himself departed for only 3 runs. Pakistan were tottering with 94-5 and Hendricks was the pick of the bowler, who picked up 4 wickets, conceding only 14 runs.
The hosts were well set to restrict Pakistan to a small total, but Shadab Khan’s stunning cameo of 22* off just 8 balls took the visitors to a healthy total of 168 in the end.
In reply, South Africa were in trouble right from the word go after losing both the openers. The hosts couldn’t recover from the early blow and wickets kept tumbling one after another.
With 6 wickets down for only 80 runs on the board, South Africa were already out of the game. However, Chirs Morris showed some glimpse of hope with a brutal knock.
With 5 fours and 3 sixes, Morris hammered an unbeaten 55 off just 29 balls. But it wasn’t enough to chase down the total and Pakistan bowlers came out on top in the end.
Mohammad Amir, who was finally back into the side picked up 3 wickets while Shadab and Faheem picked up 2 wickets each. The visitors lost all series in all the formats of the game in this tour, but they can take away some consolation from the final T20I after a huge win by 27 runs.
Pakistan 168/9 in 20 overs (Mohammad Rizwan 26; Beuran Hendricks 4-14, Chris Morris 2-27) beat South Africa 141/9 in 20 overs (Chris Morris 55*, Rassie van der Dussen 41; Mohammad Amir 3-27) by 27 runs.