Pakistan beat South Africa in a thriller, win by 3 runs. South Africa was in the game almost throughout. But they were not able to hold on to the important moments of the game. Overall it was a very exciting and thrilling T20 game.
Pakistan 169-6(20 overs). M Rizwan 104*(64), H Ali 21(16), A Phehlukwayo 2/33, T Shamsi 1/21.
South Africa 166-6(20 overs). R Hendrics 54(42), J Malan 44(29), U Qadir 2/21, H Rauf 2/44.
Man of the Match-Mohammad Rizwan
South African captain Heinrich Klassen won the toss and elected to field first. This was because of the dew and hence chasing would be comparatively easier on this ground.
Mohammad Rizwan scored his second century in 4 days, across formats
For Pakistan, captain Babar Azam was runout and it looked like they would not be able to put up a big score. But in form wicket keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan scored a scintillating century.
This helped Pakistan put up a competitive total on the board. But with dew to come into play, people expected a close contest. And that is exactly what happened here at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
The visitors had a good opening partnership of 52 runs. But the Pakistani bowlers slowed things down in the middle overs. This put a lot of pressure on the visiting batsmen. They thus kept losing their wickets at frequent intervals.
48 was required of the last 4 overs. But Pakistan kept their nerve and won the match in the last over by just 3 runs.
Mohammad Rizwan was adjudged the man of the match. He was the only Pakistan batsman to look in good touch. He scored a counter attacking century of just 64 balls.Pakistan beat South Africa in a thriller .