Pakistan bushed South Africa by 4 wickets successful the archetypal T20 planetary successful Johannesburg connected Saturday to instrumentality a 1-0 pb successful the 3-match series. Mohammad Rizwan's unbeaten 74 helped the visitors weapon down the people of 189 with 1 shot to spare.
Rizwan stitched 3 important partnerships with Babar Azam (41), Fakhar Zaman (45) and Faheem Ashraf (48) during the tally pursuit to usher Pakistan to triumph successful the last implicit of the match.
Rizwan's 50-ball sound was laced with 9 boundaries and a mates of sixes. Faheem (30), Fakhar (27) and Babar (14) made immoderate utile contributions and much importantly, provided the enactment that Rizwan needed astatine the different extremity to propulsion disconnected Pakistan's highest palmy tally pursuit successful T20I cricket.
"It was a spot tricky way successful the 2nd innings,. But the mode the skipper and I started successful the Powerplay it was good. Fakhar's ODI innings was connected my caput contiguous portion playing connected however to play connected this aboveground by taking immoderate clip aboriginal on.
"International cricket is ever astir pressure. Message was besides coming from dugout and support going. We similar that we person bully batsmen successful the little bid too," Rizwan said aft being adjudged Player of the Match.
Earlier, the Proteas posted a challenging full of 188 for 6 connected the committee aft they won the flip and opted to bat archetypal astatine the the Wanderers Stadium.
Captain Heinrich Klaasen led from the beforehand with 50 disconnected 28 balls with 2 fours and 4 sixes portion Aiden Markram top-scored with 51 disconnected 32. Pite van Biljon besides made a utile publication of 34 but the wide people inactive wasn't capable to opt Pakistan from crossing the decorativeness enactment first.
Hasan Ali and Mohammad Nawaz were the prime of the bowlers for Pakistan with 2 wickets each portion Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf grabbed 1 wicket each.
The 2nd T20I betwixt the 2 sides volition beryllium played astatine the aforesaid venue connected April 12.