Rizwan steers Pakistan to an exciting 4 wicket win
Mohammed Rizwan continues to enhance his reputation as one of the best keeper- batsman across formats with another excellent knock of 74 notout off 50 balls as he opened the innings, carried his bat through to stay till the end and took Pakistan over the line in a tense 1st T20I match at Johannesburg to take 1-0 lead in the 3 match series. Rizwan steers Pakistan to an exciting 4 wicket win.
Chasing down 189 for a win Rizwan batted with skill and determination pulling off some great strokeplay as Pakistan lost crucial wickets at important times in their chase. Babar went for 14 early. ODI series hero Fakkar Zaman batting at 3 looked in good nick during his quickfire 27 off 19 balls. There were some quickfire cameos in the middle and Pakistan required 57 to win in last 5 with 7 wickets in hand.
However 2 wickets fell at 132 which brought Faheem Ashraf to join Rizwan. They batted beautifully during last five overs hitting timely boundaries and finally winning with 1 ball to spare. Faheem scored a brilliant 30 off 14 balls before getting out in last over but Rizwan took the team over the line to get a deserving man of the match award.
Earlier South Africa scored an imposing 188/6 with Aiden Markram scoring 51 off 32 balls and later Klaasen hammered a breezy 50 off 28 balls with 4 towering sixes to explode at the end. Janneman Malan (24 off 16 balls) provided a quick start and Van Biljon (34 off 24 balls ) provided got thrust at the backend. Nawaz and Hassan Ali bowled economically for Pakistan while Tabraiz Shamsi and Hendricks bowled well for South Africa in Pakistan innings. Rizwan steers Pakistan to an exciting 4 wicket win.
This was Pakistan’s highest ever chase in a win in T20Is.
Pakistan won by 4 wkts
RSA 188/6 (20 Ovs)
Klaasen(c & wk) 50(28)
Mohammad Nawaz 2/21
Hasan Ali 2/28
PAK 189/6 (19.5 Ovs)
Faheem Ashraf 30(14)