Fakhar Zaman’s aggressive half-century helped Pakistan beat South Africa by 3 wickets in the thrilling fourth T20 match to win the series 1-3.
In the fourth and final T20 match of the series played at Centurion, Pakistan won the toss and invited South Africa to bat first.
When South Africa started the innings, their first and biggest loss came when Aiden Markram, who had scored half-centuries in the last three matches, became Hassan Ali’s wicket after scoring just 11 runs.
After the first wicket fell, Janneman Malan was joined by Rassie van der Dawson and the two players played a responsible game and put on a 57-run partnership which proved to be the biggest contribution of the South African innings. Malan was dismissed for 33.
Dawson teamed up with captain Henry Klaassen to complete the team’s century and take the score to 109, but Klaassen and Dawson, who scored 52 runs on the same score, kept going.
After the dismissal of these two players, the South African team could not recover and kept losing wickets from time to time and piled up 144 runs in the last over of the innings.
For Pakistan, Hassan Ali and Faheem Ashraf were the most successful bowlers with three wickets while Haris Rauf took two wickets.
When Pakistan started the innings, Mohammad Rizwan returned to the pavilion without scoring a run on the second ball.
Fakhar Zaman returned to the pavilion after playing an innings of 60 off 34 balls with the help of 4 sixes and 5 fours.
After Fakhar’s dismissal, Babar was also dismissed for 24 off 23 balls.
Pakistan won by 3 wickets and also won the series 1-3.
Faheem Ashraf was declared the best player of the match for taking three wickets for 17 runs while Babar Azam was declared the best player of the series.
On the other hand, Chairman PCB congratulated the national cricket team on a successful tour of South Africa.
“National cricket team captain, player and the entire coaching team of Misbah-ul-Haq deserves praise,” said PCB chairman Ehsan Mani.
He further added that Babar Azam has the potential to become the best captain of Pakistan, Fakhr Zaman and Mohammad Rizwan’s performances have strengthened Pakistan’s top order.