Pakistan beats South Africa by 3 runs in 1st T20I, takes 1-0 lead

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

11th Feb, 2021. 10:02 pm
Pakistan beats South Africa

Pakistan has won the first T20I series against South Africa by three runs and took the 1-0 lead at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium here on Thursday.

Mohammad Rizwan shined as he scored his maiden T20I century for the Men In Green as he hit 104 for 64 balls against South Africa.

He was on song despite losing wickets at the other end after regular intervals. His magnificent knock included six boundaries and seven towering sixes.

Pakistan suffered a collapse after losing an early wicket of skipper Babar Azam who got run-out in the first over. Haider Ali was caught in the sixth over when Pakistan was 37-1. He scored 21 off 16 balls with the help of three sixes.

Pakistan scored 43-2 in the powerplay with Rizwan and Hussain Talat at the crease.

Thereafter, Rizwan didn’t look back and kept the scoreboard ticking. On the last ball of the 11th over, he raised the bat for scoring maiden T20I fifty but his mood looked different.

He helped Pakistan score 22 runs in the last two overs to set a 170-run target for South Africa.

However, soon after Rizwan’s magnificent innings, the Twitter flooded with heaps of praise for the batsman.

PAK Vs SA T20I Squad:

Pakistan:  Babar Azam (capt), Haider Ali, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Usman Qadir, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf

South Africa: Janneman Malan, Reeza Hendricks, Jacques Snyman, Heinrich Klaasen (capt &wk), David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Bjorn Fortuin, Junior Dala, Lutho Sipamla 11 Tabraiz Shamsi

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