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Pakistan defeat South Africa by four wickets, wins Series 2-1

February 15, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

The Pakistan cricket team defeated South Africa by four wickets in the final Twenty20 game and clinched the series 2-1. Zahid Mahmood scalped three wickets from 40 in his debut game. His brilliant performance with the ball restricted South Africa to 65-7 before David Miller's power-hitting helped to achieve a total of 164-8. Miller smashed five fours and seven sixes in his unbeaten knock.

Tabraiz Shamsi picked up four wickets in the game, but Pakistan's lower-order batsmen hung in to reach 169-6. Hasan Ali raised the victory for the hosts with two sixes and a four against Andile Phehlukwayo. Babar Azam was the top-scorer for his side with 44 runs off 30 deliveries.

Pakistan became the first team to post 100 wins in the shortest format of the game

Babar Azam won the toss and his decision of adding an extra spinner paid dividends. South Africa struggled in the batting powerplay when left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz dismissed Reeza Hendricks and Jon-Jon Smuts in his first two overs.

Pite van Biljon hit three back to back boundaries in Hasan's first over before giving away his wicket. With his dismissal, South Africa slipped to 41-3 in six overs. Miller added 41 runs along with Bjorn Fortuin (10) to lift South Africa's total. Miller provided the perfect finish to the team when he smashed Faheem Ashraf for four sixes in the last over which went for 25 runs.

Mohammad Rizwan and Haider Ali provided the hosts with a strong start of 51 off 37 balls. However, both the opening batsmen were removed by Shamsi in his first two overs. Babar Azam, who managed scores of 0 and 5 in the last two matches, lowered himself to Number three and held the innings together.  In between Shami's strike, Babar was bowled out by Dwaine Pretorius, and this left the hosts struggling at 117-5 in the 15th over. However, Nawaz who remained unbeaten on 18 got the home team over the line in the 19th over. With this victory, Pakistan became the first international team to accomplish a century of wins in Twenty20 format.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh