PAK vs SA: Pakistan clinch a consolation win in the final T20I

Pakistan restricted South Africa to 141 runs in response to their 168 runs, winning the game by 27 runs at Centurion on Wednesday.


Despite Pakistan’s win in the third T20I, the hosts won the series by 2-1, breaking the top-ranked side’s glorious streak of remaining unbeaten in 11 consecutive series.


As South Africa came out to chase the target of 169 runs, Pakistan kept striking at regular intervals, leaving the hosts reeling on 6 down on 80.


The batsman who emerged as a star during the tour, Rassie van der Dussen looked dangerous for 41 runs on 35 balls with the help of two towering 6’s and two 4’s.


After his departure, Chris Morris threatened Pakistan with his strokeplay, he struck 18 runs in one over of Faheem Ashraf that sent signs of danger to Pakistan.


However, the pace bowling all-rounder kept losing partners from the other end and eventually, they required 40 runs in the last over.


He remained unbeaten on 55 off 25 deliveries.


Mohammad Amir, who played his first match of the T20I series, was the best bowler for Pakistan with three wickets. Shadab Khan took two, while, Shaheen Shah, Faheem Ashraf and Imad Wasim took one wicket apiece.


Earlier, South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl first. Once again, Pakistan’s Babar Azam was off to a flier, but he played one shot too many and lost his wicket after scoring 23 off 11 deliveries to Chris Morris.


On the other hand, the left-handed opening batsman, Fakhar Zaman’s inning once again ended in a disappointment when he lost his wicket because of a reckless shot after contributing 17 (17).


Mohammad Rizwan and Shoaib Malik were playing sensibly and scored 42 runs together before the wicketkeeper-batsman lost his wicket while trying up his scoring rate, he scored 26 runs off 22 balls.


Malik became a victim of horrific mix up with Hussain Talat, where they both ended up at the same end.


Pakistan lost their way in the middle overs, where none of the batsmen could capitalize their starts. Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali and Imad Wasim scored 18, 25 and 19 runs respectively. Whereas, Hussain Talat and Faheem Ashraf were unimpressive with 3 and 4 runs in their accounts.


It was Shadab Khan who shined with the bat. The young leg-spinner faced just 8 deliveries and scored 22 runs with the help of three sixes in the last over of the inning, taking his team to 168 runs.


Bueran Hendricks was the pick of the bowler for Proteas, who took four wickets for 14 runs in his quota of 4 overs. Whereas, Chris Morris took 2 wickets, while Andile Phehlukwayo and Lubabalo Sipamla struck once in the inning.

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