Pakistan in South Africa, 3 T20I Series, 2019

South Africa vs Pakistan - 2nd T20I

Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Date & Time: 03 February 2019

Pakistan 181/7

RR: 9.05 | South Africa beat Pakistan by 7 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Babar Azam c Junior Dala & b Beuran Hendricks c Junior Dala & b Beuran Hendricks 9058131
Fakhar Zaman c Janneman Malan & b Beuran Hendricks c Janneman Malan & b Beuran Hendricks 14920
Hussain Talat bowled Chris Morris bowled Chris Morris 554171
Asif Ali c Reeza Hendricks & b Andile Phehlukwayo c Reeza Hendricks & b Andile Phehlukwayo 2300
Shoaib Malik c Rassie van der Dussen & b Andile Phehlukwayo c Rassie van der Dussen & b Andile Phehlukwayo 6410
Imad Wasim bowled Chris Morris bowled Chris Morris 6310
Hasan Ali bowled Andile Phehlukwayo bowled Andile Phehlukwayo 1200
Shadab Khan not out not out 0000
Mohammad Rizwan not out not out 1100
Shaheen Afridi
Usman Khan
Extras 6 (b 0, lb 0, w 5, nb 1)
Total 181 (7 Wkts, 20.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
45-1 (Fakhar Zaman,4), 147-2 (Babar Azam,16.1), 158-3 (Asif Ali,17.3), 168-4 (Hussain Talat,18.3), 174-5 (Imad Wasim,19), 180-6 (Shoaib Malik,19.4), 180-7 (Hasan Ali,19.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Beuran Hendricks3 0 30 2 10.00
Chris Morris3 0 36 2 12.00
Lutho Sipamla4 0 23 0 5.75
Junior Dala2 0 25 0 12.50
Tabraiz Shamsi4 0 31 0 7.75
Andile Phehlukwayo4 0 36 3 9.00

Right then! A number 1 T20I team taking on a young and inexperienced Protean side with key players rested. You would have expected Pakistan to be 2-0 up. But South Africa have turned the tables with a role reversal and however one might say Pakistan choked, the Protea bowlers deserve no less credit for their efforts. Can they now produce a dream result of whitewashing the number 1 side? Or will Pakistan leave the African shores with something to smile about? Join us on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 6 pm local (1600 GMT) for all the action from the third and final T20I. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

VICTORIOUS SOUTH AFRICAN SKIPPER DAVID MILLER HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH FOR HIS 65 (51). Is all smiles about the result and praises his bowlers for doing incredibly well. On his own batting in the final over, Miller says that it was very enjoyable. Since it was the last over, he says that he just tried swinging. After connecting the first 2 balls, he felt that he could get a few more. Admits that South Africa did not start too well with the ball but then came back superbly at the back end. Praises Sipamla for doing really well on debut. On his thought process with Pakistan's score reading 63/1 after 5 overs, David says that he felt he was the worst captain in history but then smiles and says that he just asked the bowlers to keep working on the cutters and try and execute them.

Pakistan captain, Shoaib Malik says that it was an exceptional game but is disappointed that Pakistan could not win in spite of having it on a platter. On Babar Azam, he says that Babar is a class player, playing proper cricketing shots. Praises Hussain Talat as well and again laments that despite their heroic efforts, the rest of the team could not finish it off. But also criticizes them a bit saying that one of the two should have finished the game off because it becomes difficult for a new batsman to face the old ball. However, he understands that T20 is a game of risks and adds that the team needs to sit in the dressing room and analyze how to finish off matches. Praises Imad Wasim and Shaheen Afridi for bowling superbly in the Powerplay but laments again that the death overs cost them. Admits that he was wary that a big David Miller knock was always around the corner and they had different backup plans for his attack but they could not materialize. Overall, he says that Pakistan need to plan better for the last few overs. On the third match, Malik says that every game presents itself with a new opportunity. What is gone is gone and Pakistan just need to focus on trying to win the third and final T20I, learning from what has happened in the first 2 games.

This match could have been won by anyone. But in such games, the team which holds its nerves comes out trumps. Pakistan should have not have been chasing more than 170 with South Africa 126/3 after 16.1 overs. The tourists should have won with 42 needed from 24 balls. But there lies the main difference - South Africa finished the innings nicely with the bat and finished the game exceedingly well with the ball. Majority of the bowlers got hammered but a word for the debutant Lutho Sipamla - his 4-0-23-0 along with Shamsi's 4-0-31-0 kept Pakistan quiet for a while in the middle overs and in T20 cricket, many times, even 2-3 good overs can put some pressure. Please stay tuned for the presentation...

When Azam got out, Pakistan needed 42 from 23 balls. 8 wickets were left in the tank. Add to it, South Africa were not bowling well at all. But then, things started to happen. Pakistan kept losing wicket after wicket, inspite of getting a reprieve - Asif Ali being caught 3 but the delivery being deemed a no ball. Yet, the best of spells came towards the end from the Proteas - Chris Morris bowled a stunning 19th over, where he picked up 2 wickets while Andile Phehlukwayo sealed the deal in the final over with the wicket of Shoaib Malik.

A 45-run stand between Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam in 24 balls set the platform for the win and then a 102-run partnership between Babar and Hussain Talat just nearly sealed the deal. NEARLY. How important is that adverb. The game is not over till it is over and today was another example of that.

A good start is always essential for a good result but you need a clinical finish to achieve that good result. Pakistan started well with the ball, but Miller's assault at the death literally killed them. And then, if we say the visitors exploded with the bat in the Powerplay, they imploded towards the end, committing suicide at the death.

A fantastic match. South Africa will say they bowled well to change the game from a losing position while Pakistan will opine that they let the opportunity slip by. Their string of 11 successive series wins is broken. And how? First, a loss by 6 runs. Here, a loss by 7 runs. Nothing much to choose from.

South Africa. Choking. Go hand in hand, don't they? This time though, they have choked the opposition. Pakistan, being Pakistan, have played like Pakistan and lost like how, usually South Africa do, but then Pakistan can do anything because they are Pakistan. Mickey Arthur is stunned. Imagine you are about to take a bite of your favourite pizza and the whole box itself disappears.

A Phehlukwayo to M Rizwan, Outside off, punched through the covers for a single. SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 7 RUNS AND TAKE AN UNASSAILABLE 2-0 SERIES LEAD!

Mohammad Rizwan eventually walks out now, with the game literally over.

A Phehlukwayo to H Ali, OUT! BOWLED! That is the end of the game, theoretically. Phehlukwayo started this over badly but is taking full control of the same. Keeps it full and straight, expecting Hasan Ali to slog and that is exactly what Hasan does. He misses, Phehlukwayo hits. Bang. At the base of leg stump. What a choke from Pakistan - 6/33 in 23 balls!

Shadab Khan comes in now, at number 8, replacing his captain.

A Phehlukwayo to S Malik, OUT! Is that the game for South Africa? Malik is gone now and with that, the chances of Pakistan winning as well. A length ball, around off, Shoaib gives this the kitchen sink, heaving with all his might. Gets it high in the air but not quite the distance. Rassie van der Dussen waits for the ball to complete the parabolic trajectory at deep mid-wicket and takes it comfortably. Then exults! 9 needed from 2...
A Phehlukwayo to H Ali, Very full outside off, squeezed out to cover for a run. 9 from 3...
A Phehlukwayo to S Malik, Misses out. Short and outside off, cut straight to point for just a single. 10 from 4 then.
A Phehlukwayo to S Malik, FOUR! Well, Malik might finish things off! Full and straight, Malik gives himself room to the leg side and hammers it down the ground. Long on cannot get across in time! 11 needed from 5...

Hasan Ali comes in at number 7, replacing Imad. Interesting. No Rizwan. Andile Phehlukwayo has the responsibility of finishing things off.

C Morris to I Wasim, OUT! The stumps are out of the ground! Second wicket in the over and both in the form of bowled. A length ball, outside off, coming in with the angle, Wasim has an almighty heave. But connects with thin air. The ball demolishes the stumps! Super over from Morris - 12 runs and 2 wickets. 3-0-36-2 for him.
C Morris to I Wasim, FOUR! Up and over! Full and outside off, Imad backs away and lofts it cleanly over mid off!
C Morris to I Wasim, Full on middle, driven down the ground. David Miller races to his right from long on, slides and returns the ball. Two runs taken.

Imad Wasim comes in at number 6, replacing Talat.

C Morris to H Talat, OUT! DRAGS IT ON! The game and series are slipping away from Pakistan. Full and around off, coming in, Talat swings wildly but a touch too early. He only manages a thin contact on the ball and unfortunately for him, it is an inside edge. The ball deflects and crashes into the stumps. Talat departs for 55. Big wicket. 21 needed from 9...
C Morris to H Talat, Outside off, Hussain swings hard but the ball goes off the inner half towards long on. That helps him as he races back for the second.
C Morris to H Talat, FOUR! Full toss outside off, Talat backs away and smashes it wide of mid off for a boundary! 23 more needed from 11 balls now!

Chris Morris is back on. 2-0-24-0 so far.

A Phehlukwayo to H Talat, Outside off, pushed through point for one. Excellent over from Andile.
A Phehlukwayo to S Malik, Full and outside off, lofted over cover for a run.
A Phehlukwayo to H Talat, Length ball, slapped to deep cover for a single. Equation - 29 from 14.
A Phehlukwayo to H Talat, WIDE! A full ball wide outside off, left alone.

Captain Shoaib Malik arrives at number 5, replacing Asif.

A Phehlukwayo to A Ali, OUT! Asif holes out! A short ball, there to be hit, Ali pulls it with all his might but finds Reeza Hendricks to perfection at the mid-wicket fence! Are Pakistan actually choking here? 31 more needed and they are running out of time...
A Phehlukwayo to H Talat, Pushes this through mid on for a single.
A Phehlukwayo to H Talat, FOUR! That will help Pakistan a bit! A length ball outside off, Talat throws his bat at it and gets a thick outside edge which flies through the vacant slip cordon to the third man fence!

Andile Phehlukwayo returns.

B Hendricks to H Talat, Huge shout for LBW, turned down. Probably height was the factor. A length ball outside off, coming in, Talat misses his swing and is hit on the pads. The ball deflects towards point and a leg bye is taken. Hawk Eye confirms that the ball was going over. No signal from the umpire, so must have been an inside edge as well.
B Hendricks to H Talat, Another play and a miss to a length ball outside off.
B Hendricks to H Talat, Superb ball. Sees Talat shuffling across and bowls a full ball, just around leg stump. Hussain looks to paddle but misses.

FREE HIT. Will this be costly for South Africa?

B Hendricks to A Ali, NO BALL! Asif Ali gets a reprieve! First of all, brilliant game awareness from him. When you play the game, you should abide by the rules. But to do so, you must KNOW the rules. It was a short ball outside off and Asif instinctively went for the pull. Got a top edge due to the extra bounce which went straight up in the air. Tabraiz Shamsi kept his eyes on it and took a fantastic catch. But Ali is not going anywhere. He reckons this should be a no ball for bouncing above the shoulder. Now, the umpires get together for a chat and then refer it upstairs. The first look in the replays tells us that it is above the shoulder. This could be another turning point...

Asif Ali has been caught! But is it a no ball for height? Referred upstairs...

B Hendricks to A Ali, Full and wide outside off, squeezed behind point for a couple. 150 COMES UP FOR PAKISTAN. 38 more needed from 21 balls.
B Hendricks to H Talat, A short ball, around middle, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run.
B Hendricks to H Talat, WIDE. Sees Talat getting across his stumps and fires it down the leg side. Fires it too far down. Hussain misses his flick.

Asif Ali comes in at number 4, replacing Babar.

B Hendricks to B Azam, OUT! Caught! No century for Babar Azam! Is there gonna be a twist in the tale? A short ball, around off, Azam looks for the pull but gets too much height on the ball. The pace taken off does not aid his cause either. The ball hits the top half of the bat and goes high in the air, but does not have enough on it to clear the fence. Simple catch for Junior Dala at wide long on. Fantastic 90 by Babar. But will it prove to be enough? 42 more needed from 23 balls...

Beuran Hendricks is back on. 2-0-24-1 so far.

C Morris to H Talat, SIX! MURDERED! This time Talat connects. A short ball, another slower one, this time Hussain picks the change in pace, waits for it to come and pulls it over mid-wicket! 100-RUN STAND COMES UP!
C Morris to H Talat, Another dot! The off cutter outside off, on a length, HT swings this a million miles into the stratosphere but makes no contact.
C Morris to B Azam, Superb yorker, right on the line of off stump, dug out towards short third man. Just a run.