Pakistan has on Saturday won the first T20I match against South Africa by four wickets and leads the series 1-0.
The Green Shirts successfully chased their highest T20I total to beat South Africa by 4 wickets in the last-over thriller.
Mohammad Rizwan’s 50-ball 74* and Faheem Ashraf’s explosive 14-ball 30 helps the visitors across the line.
Rizwan once again becomes the star for Pakistan, batting through the innings and scoring a swift 74 from 50 balls, including nine fours and two sixes.
Pakistan win the first #SAvPAK T20I by 4 wickets
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) April 10, 2021
Moreover, after winning the match, team Pakistan has garnered immense appreciation from fans, politicians and the national cricket fraternity.
— Imad Wasim (@simadwasim) April 10, 2021
پاکستان ٹیم نے آج ایک ٹیم بن کر کھیلی ہے۔ ایک بڑے ٹارگٹ کا بہترین چیز کیا۔ بہترین کپتانی۔ بہترین پلان کے ساتھ سنئیر اور جونئیر کھلاڑیوں نے پوری جان لگا کر جیت اپنے نام کی۔ شاباش
— Dr. Shahbaz GiLL (@SHABAZGIL) April 10, 2021
#pakvsSa Rizwon it! Great knock and a great chase.
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) April 10, 2021
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) April 10, 2021
M proud & humbled to achieve this feat. Would like to thank @TheRealPCB , all my team mates & supporting staff during this beautiful journey, my fans for their support & encouragements. It was a special game & win made it so memorable & enjoyable. Pakistan 🇵🇰 Zindabad pic.twitter.com/Gsbiux9Le7
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) April 10, 2021
— Hassan Ali 🇵🇰 (@RealHa55an) April 10, 2021
Alhumdulillah, great start of the series. Special shout out to @iMRizwanPak on another match winning performance. Three more matches to go. Let's keep the momentum going lads, in sha Allah.
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) April 10, 2021
What a spectacular win! Our highest ever run chase in T20s. Congrats to @MHafeez22 as well, as he played his 100th T20 today. I would also like to take this opportunity to request the fans to join @CHDHospital and #donate #zakat towards conquering #CHD at: https://t.co/rjtKdLcJ27 pic.twitter.com/UHlYsKXjKM
— Misbah Ul Haq (@captainmisbahpk) April 10, 2021
South Africa wins the toss and opted to bat first against Pakistan in the first fixture of the four-match T20I series at The Wanderers.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Arshad Iqbal, Asif Ali, Danish Aziz, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Usman Qadir.
South Africa: Heinrich Klaasen (captain, wicketkeeper), Aiden Markram, Andile Phehlukwayo, Beuran Hendricks, Bjorn Fortuin, George Linde, Rassie van der Dussen, Janneman Malan, Sisanda Magala, Wiaan Mulder, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Kyle Verreynne, Pite van Biljon, Daryn Dupavillon, Migael Pretorius, Lizaad Williams and Wihan Lubbe