South Africa clinch series after Pakistan choke
South Africa break Pakistan’s consecutive 10 series win streak after pulling off a sensational fightback to clinch the series.
Just like the first T20I, the second T20I saw another exciting battle between the sides with South Africa coming out on top. After winning the toss, the visitors elected to bowl first.
South Africa were off to a good start and the openers put 58 runs in the opening stand. Jaaneman Malan was the first man to depart for 33 while Reeza Hendricks ran himself out for 28.
Despite having wickets in hand, South Africa were maintaining a slow run-rate, but Van Der Dussen’s 45 off 27 gave Proteas a massive boost. And in the end, the stand-in skipper David Miller (65* off 29) led his side to a huge score of 188 runs courtesy of a firing knock.
In reply, unlike the South Africa openers, Pakistan were off to a firing start, having scored 45 runs in just 4 overs. Fakhar Zaman departed early, but it was Babar Azam, who smacked the bowlers all over the park.
Babar hit three bowlers for three consecutive fours in this innings and was taking the bowlers to the cleaners. With 13 fours and 1 six, Babar scored 90 off just 58 balls.
Pakistan was taking the game away comfortably, but the dismissal of Babar caused a massive twist. The new batsmen came in with no other option but to hit because of the required run-rate and none of the batsman couldn’t produce a cameo.
A spectacular death bowling from Chris Morris and Phehlukwayo turned the game around for the hosts. Needing 15 runs off the last over, Phehlukwayo removed the Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik and Hasan Ali to clinch the match by 7 runs.
SA 188/3 (20 ov) | Miller 65*, Van der Dussen 45 | Imad 1/9
PAK 181/7 (20 ov) | Babar 90, Talat 55| Phehlukwayo 3/36
RESULT: South Africa won by 7 runs