Player of the Match
Player of the Match

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Best performances - Batsmen

Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan
74(50) 9x4 - 2x6
Control %74%
  • Productive Shot
  • slog shot
  • 22 runs
  • 2x4 - 2x6
4 9 7 0 6 6 6 36
AK Markram
AK Markram
51(32) 8x4 - 1x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 22 runs
  • 5x4 - 0x6
0 1 0 16 17 6 8 3

Best performances - Bowlers

BE Hendricks
BE Hendricks
O4
M0
R32
W3
Eco8.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
Mohammad Nawaz(3)
Mohammad Nawaz(3)
O4
M0
R21
W2
Eco5.25
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH

Scorer: Ranjith P | Commentator: Sreshth Shah

And as the floodlights cover the ground beautifully, it's time for us to say goodbye on ESPNcricinfo. The second T20I is on Monday, so we'll see you there. Keep an eye out on the website and app to see all the reactions from the team press conferences that will happen very soon. On behalf of Karthik Krishnaswamy, this is Sreshth Shah signing off, but if you want to consume some more cricket, the second innings of the IPL is on. Click here for that.

Stat alert: This is Pakistan's 100th win today excluding the wins coming via super over.

We'll have the presentation very soon.

Babar: "Winning the first game gives us more confidence. We carried the confidence from the ODIs. Rizwan played an outstanding innings. First six overs of our bowling wasn't good, but we did well to restrict them in the back five. And Rizwan's innings was the difference too. The plan while chasing was to get momentum as openers, knowing that Fakhar and Hafeez will follow. The idea was to utilise the first six overs well."

Rizwan is the Player of the Match. He said: "It was a bit tricky track in the second innings,. But the way the skipper and I started in the Powerplay it was good. Fakhar's ODI innings was on my mind today while playing on how to play on this surface by taking some time early on. International cricket is always about pressure. Message was also coming from dugout and keep going. We like that we have good batsmen in the lower order too."

Klaasen: "We were 10-15 short. Wicket was good. Aiden and I had a good partnership. I reckon Janneman and Aiden played, showed early it was a good wicket. A few balls were inconsistent with the spinners. When I got in, Aiden said it was a good wicket to play shots. If we had executed better with the ball in the death, our score was enough. One or two things on the field too. Need to fine tune fielding choices and bowling effort too. We can turn it around with some fine tuning and execution."

Peanut: "This series has been great so far, tight games, good cricket, drama!"

Shoaib Manzoor: "Things to rememer, This is the highest t20 chase by Pakistan."

Rajat: "Depleted side or not, South Africa have themselves to blame here. Firstly a poor close with the bat in last 5 overs which meant they ended 20 runs short of what they should have easily got. Then they had a chance to restrict Pakistan who needed 57 off 28 balls with 5 wickets down. Most teams should be able to defend that even with their second string bowling attack. "

Zain: "I'd give Hassan Ali man of the match basically won Pakistan the match on both ends."

Sadiq Siddiqui: "Lizaad really bowled a brilliant last over under pressure. Unfortunate that two catches were dropped off his bowling. Pakistan was destined to win I think so."

6.08pm And some sloppy fielding in the final over means that Pakistan win this with one ball to spare. If they got a wicket in the first ball, and then the chance for Hendricks, and this game could've had a different story. Rizwan stays unbeaten on 74, and leads the handshakes. The visitors lead 0-1.

South Africa will have so many what-ifs today. Their death overs with the bat was poor too, and then too many full tosses when Pakistan were on the back foot. Faheem's 14-ball 30 was super useful too. South African support staff actually look very disappointed. Boucher and co definitely feel like this game was theirs to win, especially when Pakistan needed 52 off four overs. Their only positive is that the bowling attack was very inexperienced, while Pakistan were nearly full strength.

Mariam: "The 17th over brought Pakistan back into the game. Absolutely mindblowing by Rizwan and Faheem. "

19.5
3
Williams to Hasan Ali, 3 runs, yorker length, on off. Manages to squeeze it to deep midwicket for two. And oh dear, the bowler fluffs the throw and they take an overthrow for the third to seal the win. Pakistan win by four wickets

Three off two.

Bilal: "I already pointed out that the six of Shaheen's last ball will haunt Pak"

19.4
2
Williams to Hasan Ali, 2 runs, full just outside off. Tries to clear long off, but slices it. Cover runs behind to take the catch. Falls just beyond Hendricks

Five off three. Big ball coming up.

19.3
4
Williams to Hasan Ali, FOUR, full outside off. Gets inside the ball's line and looks to clear long off. Instead it takes a thick edge, and goes to the third man boundary

Pakistan need 9 off 4. Super over loading?

19.2
W
Williams to Faheem Ashraf, OUT, does the job next ball though! Full, on middle, and gets it under the swinging bat. Middle stump gone

Faheem Ashraf b Williams 30 (21m 14b 4x4 1x6) SR: 214.28

19.1
2
Williams to Faheem Ashraf, 2 runs, full on middle. Can't get under it, so mistimes the shot. Taken in the deep? No, dropped! Long on runs it, dives forward to take the catch, but the ball pops out.

Williams. 11 to win.

END OF OVER:
19 | 11 Runs | PAK: 178/5 (11 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 9.36, RRR: 11.00)

  • Faheem Ashraf28 (12b)
  • Mohammad Rizwan74 (50b)
  • Sisanda Magala3-0-35-0
  • Beuran Hendricks4-0-32-3

A solid comeback after the two fours.

18.6
1
Magala to Faheem Ashraf, 1 run, excellent finish to the over. Off-stump yorker, driven down the ground to long-on

Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st41Mohammad RizwanBabar Azam
2nd45Mohammad RizwanFakhar Zaman
3rd24Mohammad HafeezMohammad Rizwan
4th22Mohammad RizwanHaider Ali
5th0Mohammad RizwanMohammad Nawaz (3)
6th48Mohammad RizwanFaheem Ashraf
7th9Mohammad RizwanHasan Ali