The 1st match of Pak vs SA T20 series was played today at Newlands and even after giving a tough fight to the Proteas, Pakistan wasn’t able to chase the target.
Du Plessis – Hendricks pair, a nightmare for Pakistan
Cloete and Hendricks opened the innings for South Africa and both the openers took a blistering start. In the fourth over though, Imad Wasim broke the opening partnership by taking Cloete out. He was caught on the offside by Fakhar Zaman who put on a good effort to send him off to the pavilion.
Then came the captain Du Plessis and both him and Hendricks started hitting the ball all over the ground. The Pakistani bowlers took some very hard bashing by the Proteas till the score reached 157 in the 16th over.
Du Plessis’s played brilliant innings of 78 runs off 45 balls which included six 4s and four 6s. He was caught at the mid-off by Malik on a low full toss by Shinwari and the amazing partnership of 131 runs came to an end. Hendricks, on the other hand, kept on going and scored 74 off 41 balls, hitting eight 4s and two 6s.
This proved to be the turning point of the South African innings as the wickets started falling one after the other.
The Proteas were looking to post something around 220-230 on the scoreboard but the excellent death-overs bowling by green shirts restricted them to 192. Shinwari took 3 wickets while Hassan, Imad, and Faheem managed to grab 1 each.
Pakistan’s shaky batting line-up unable to finish
Pakistan looked nervous and under pressure from the very start of their innings. Fakhar got dismissed by Beuran Hendricks in the opening over as he was caught at the slip. Babar and Hussain Talat took the charge and built up a decent partnership of 81 runs. It was then Tabraiz Shamsi who got the breakthrough for Proteas by taking Talat out on a slightly moving out delivery.
The South African bowlers didn’t let the Pakistani batting line-up to settle again. Babar was unfortunate to get run out on a brilliant throw by David Miller. Asif and Imad didn’t spend much time on the crease either and were sent to the pavilion by the opposition bowlers.
The skipper Shoaib Malik gave a hard fight until the end but he wasn’t accompanied by any reliable partner to support him. In the end, South Africa won the match by 6 runs.
The second match of Pak vs SA T20 series will be played on 3rd February.
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