ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Matches, 2021

Pakistan vs South Africa - Match 15

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 2, Abu Dhabi

Date & Time: 20 October 2021

South Africa 190/4

RR: 9.5 | South Africa beat Pakistan by 6 wickets

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Right then, that is all we have from this game and the warm-up matches also come to an end. The action doesn't stop though, as two Group B matches are to be played tomorrow with both spots in the Super 12 still up for grabs. The first of those matches will be played between Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea. That match will begin at 2 pm local time (10:00 am GMT). Do join us for that one. Till then, take care and goodbye!

Earlier in the day, Pakistan were put into bat and they made the most of the opportunity as they posted a sizeable total of 186 runs on the board. It looked like Pakistan were on a roll with the ball as well but then came a storm named Rassie van der Dussen, who single-handedly took the game away from them. In the end, South Africa ended up winning a thriller of a match on the final delivery.

Pakistan were just about to taste victory when it all went wrong for them. Imad Wasim gave them a dream start by uprooting both the South African openers with the score on board being just 15 runs. However, it was in the middle overs that their bowlers struggled, both the pace bowlers and spinners as well. They did manage to get rid of Bavuma and even Klaasen in the end but could not get the priced wicket of Rassie van der Dussen, which did prove to be the difference in the end. Hasan Ali had a day to forget as he was unable to defend 19 runs in the last over and this loss is exactly what Pakistan did not need heading into the tournament and having to face India in their opening match. They will now look to organise themselves and get ready for that match.

South Africa didn't have the best of starts as both their openers were back in the hut with just 15 runs on the board. The skipper, Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen steadied the ship a bit and then the latter just burst into life. The pair put on 107 runs for the third wicket as Rassie van der Dussen brought up a well compiled half-century. Bavuma was slow to start with and just when runs were flowing from his bat, he got out. Klaasen then came in and gave ample support to Rassie van der Dussen but he got out as well. With 19 needed off the last over, it was David Miller who hit one 6 and gave the strike back to red-hot Rassie van der Dussen. He finished off proceedings in style and pulled off the great escape. South Africa will now go into the main draw of the tournament high on confidence.

What a remarkable chase we have just witnessed! Rassie van der Dussen single-handedly has won the game for South Africa and it is only fitting that he is the one to hit the winning runs and also brings up a stunning century in the process. Pakistan will be gutted to watch the match slip out of their hands.

19.6
4
Hasan Ali to Rassie van der Dussen, FOUR! Rassie van der Dussen hits the winning runs! A remarkable century for an outstanding performer. Absolutely brilliant knock. A full ball, on middle. Rassie van der Dussen flicks it to the vacant mid-wicket region for a boundary. SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 6 WICKETS.
19.5
4
Hasan Ali to Rassie van der Dussen, FOUR! Scores Level! What a knock this is from Rassie van der Dussen! A length ball, outside off. Rassie van der Dussen smashes it to covers for a boundary.
19.4
1
Hasan Ali to David Miller, Nails the yorker now, on middle. David Miller nudges it to deep mid-wicket for a single. 5 needed now.
19.3
6
Hasan Ali to David Miller, SIX! David Miller doing what he is known for! A length ball, on the pads. David Miller crouches and whips it over square leg for a maximum. 6 needed now.
19.2
1
Hasan Ali to Rassie van der Dussen, Short of a length, outside off. Rassie van der Dussen slaps it through point for a single. 12 needed now.
19.1
6
Hasan Ali to Rassie van der Dussen, SIX! 13 needed now! A freebie and it is dispatched! A low full toss, on middle. Rassie van der Dussen hammers it over mid-wicket for a biggie.

Hasan Ali to bowl the final over.

18.6
1
Shaheen Afridi to Rassie van der Dussen, Just a single! A length ball, on middle, flicked to square leg for a single. 19 needed in 6 balls.
18.5
4
Shaheen Afridi to Rassie van der Dussen, FOUR! EDGY RUNS AGAIN! A length ball, outside off. Rassie van der Dussen slashes at it. It takes the outside edge and goes over short third man for a boundary.
18.4
0
Shaheen Afridi to Rassie van der Dussen, A length ball, outside off. Rassie van der Dussen swings and misses. Dot ball are Gold dust right now for Pakistan.
18.3
1
Shaheen Afridi to David Miller, Around off, on a length, pushed to covers for a single.

David Miller walks out to bat. 

18.2
0
Shaheen Afridi to Heinrich Klaasen, OUT! TIMBER! Is this the turning point for Pakistan? A length ball, around middle and leg. Heinrich Klaasen clears his front leg and looks to heave but misses. The ball sneaks through and rattles the stumps behind.
18.1
4
Shaheen Afridi to Heinrich Klaasen, FOUR! EDGY RUNS! Although South Africa won't mind it! A length ball, outside off. Heinrich Klaasen looks to heave but gets an inside edge and the ball rolls over the fine leg fence.

Shaheen Afridi to bowl the penultimate over. 

17.6
1
Haris Rauf to Rassie van der Dussen, Now Heinrich Klaasen miscues his pull and the ball rolls to point. A single taken. 29 needed in 12 balls.
17.5
1
Haris Rauf to Heinrich Klaasen, Short in length, on middle. Rassie van der Dussen mistimes his pull to deep square leg. One more single.
17.4
2
Haris Rauf to Heinrich Klaasen, Length and outside off. Rassie van der Dussen drags it to square leg and collects two runs.
17.3
6
Haris Rauf to Heinrich Klaasen, SIX! WHAT A SHOT! Picks it up so nicely! A full ball, slanting on middle. Rassie van der Dussen hangs back and smashes it all the way over long on for a maximum.
17.2
2
Haris Rauf to Rassie van der Dussen, A length ball, outside off. Rassie van der Dussen pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a brace.
17.1
6
Haris Rauf to Rassie van der Dussen, SIX! Good start to the over! A full ball, angling on the pads. Rassie van der Dussen tonks it over mid-wicket for a maximum.

Haris Rauf (2-0-15-0) comes back on. 

16.6
6
Hasan Ali to Heinrich Klaasen, SIX! Much-needed one! A low full toss, on off. Heinrich Klaasen stands tall and lifs it over long off for a biggie. 47 needed in 18 balls.
16.5
1
Hasan Ali to Rassie van der Dussen, A length ball, outside off. Rassie van der Dussen knocks it through point for one.
16.4
0
Hasan Ali to Rassie van der Dussen, A length ball, way outside off. Rassie van der Dussen looks to play across the line but fails to connect.
16.3
1
Hasan Ali to Heinrich Klaasen, Yorker now, angling on middle. Heinrich Klaasen jams it out to mid-wicket for a single.
16.2
0
Hasan Ali to Heinrich Klaasen, On a length, on off, hit back to the bowler.
16.1
1
Hasan Ali to Rassie van der Dussen, Serves a full ball, on middle. Rassie van der Dussen tucks it to mid-wicket for a single.
15.6
1
Imad Wasim to Rassie van der Dussen, Full and outside off. Rassie van der Dussen looks to sweep but miscues it on the off side. The batters take a single.

Hasan Ali (2-0-21-0) is back into the attack.

15.5
4
Imad Wasim to Rassie van der Dussen, FOUR! Slower through the air, on middle. Rassie van der Dussen uses his feet and smacks it towards long on for a boundary.
15.4
1
Imad Wasim to Heinrich Klaasen, On off, punched to long off for a run.
15.3
1
Imad Wasim to Rassie van der Dussen, Loopy ball, outside off. Rassie van der Dussen sweeps it to deep square leg for a single.
15.2
1
Imad Wasim to Heinrich Klaasen, Outside off, pushed towards covers for a quick run.
15.1
1
Imad Wasim to Rassie van der Dussen, Full and on middle, Rassie van der Dussen reverse-sweeps it to third man for one.

Heinrich Klaasen is in at number 5. Also, Imad Wasim (2-0-10-2) comes back into the attack.

14.6
0
Shaheen Afridi to Temba Bavuma, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Length ball, on middle. Temba Bavuma once again looks to paddle scoop. Doesn't get it from the middle of the bat. The ball goes towards the left of the keeper. Mohammad Rizwan does very well to dive that side quickly and takes the catch. Pakistan get the much needed breakthrough. 65 needed from 30 balls.
14.5
2
Shaheen Afridi to Temba Bavuma, On the pads, Bavuma whips it to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
14.4
4
Shaheen Afridi to Temba Bavuma, FOUR! Nicely played! A low full toss on off, Temba Bavuma paddle-scoops it towards fine leg for a boundary.
14.3
1
Shaheen Afridi to Rassie van der Dussen, On off, Rassie van der Dussen smashes it to mid off. He takes off for a quick single. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. 100-run partnership comes up between Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen.
14.2
1
Shaheen Afridi to Temba Bavuma, Length ball, on middle. Temba Bavuma taps it to point for one.
14.1
1
Shaheen Afridi to Rassie van der Dussen, Length ball, on off. Rassie van der Dussen pushes it to mid off for a single.

Shaheen Afridi (2-0-11-0) is back into the attack.

13.6
6
Shadab Khan to Temba Bavuma, SIX! Up and over! Tosses it up, on middle. Temba Bavuma dances down the track and launches it over long on for a biggie. 14 runs from the over.
13.5
0
Shadab Khan to Temba Bavuma, Loopy ball, on middle. Temba Bavuma keeps it out.
13.4
1
Shadab Khan to Rassie van der Dussen, On off, punched towards covers for a single.
13.3
2
Shadab Khan to Rassie van der Dussen, Full and on middle, Rassie van der Dussen shimmies down the track and works it to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs. He gets to his fifty off just 29 balls.
13.2
4
Shadab Khan to Rassie van der Dussen, FOUR! Lovely shot! Loopy ball, on off. Rassie van der Dussen reverse-sweeps it to the third man region for a boundary. Moves to 49 now.
13.1
1
Shadab Khan to Temba Bavuma, Floats it up, on off. Temba Bavuma nudges it to square leg for a single. 100 up for South Africa!
12.6
1
Haris Rauf to Temba Bavuma, Length ball, on middle. Bavuma smacks it to deep mid-wicket. There is protection in the deep and will only get a single.
12.5
1
Haris Rauf to Rassie van der Dussen, Full and on the pads, Rassie van der Dussen whips it to mid-wicket for a single. Haris Rauf appeals for an LBW but the umpire shakes his head. There was clear bat on it.
12.5
0
Haris Rauf to Rassie van der Dussen, WIDE! An effort ball from Haris Rauf, on middle. Rassie van der Dussen sways away from it. Wide called for height.
12.4
0
Haris Rauf to Rassie van der Dussen, Good-length delivery, outside off. Rassie van der Dussen looks to smash it on the leg side but only connects it with thin air around him.
12.3
1
Haris Rauf to Temba Bavuma, Fuller in length, on middle. Driven towards cover for a single.
12.2
1
Haris Rauf to Rassie van der Dussen, On a length, on off. Rassie van der Dussen pushes it towards covers for one.
12.1
2
Haris Rauf to Rassie van der Dussen, Good-length ball, on off. Hurries onto the batter. Rassie van der Dussen gets an outside edge. The ball flies over point and the batters take two.

Haris Rauf comes back into the attack. 

11.6
0
Shadab Khan to Temba Bavuma, Nicely flighted, around off. Temba Bavuma strides out and looks to sweep but fails to connect and gets hit on the pads. 95 now required off 48 balls.
11.5
2
Shadab Khan to Temba Bavuma, Excellent running! Flatter one, on middle and this is gently nudged towards mid-wicket for yet another two.
11.4
2
Shadab Khan to Temba Bavuma, Temba Bavuma skips down the track and works the tossed up delivery through mid-wicket for a couple.
11.3
0
Shadab Khan to Temba Bavuma, Slower through the air, on middle. Bavuma looks to reverse paddle it fine but the ball comes off the gloves and goes nowehere.
11.2
1
Shadab Khan to Rassie van der Dussen, Floated up, around off and swept away to deep square leg for a single.
11.1
1
Shadab Khan to Temba Bavuma, Short ball, on middle. Bavuma makes room and pulls it down to wide long on for a run.
10.6
4
Hasan Ali to Rassie van der Dussen, FOUR! Short ball, slower in pace but down the leg side. Rassie van der Dussen waits for it and helps it round the corner into the fine leg fence. 15 off the over, a good one for South Africa.
10.5
6
Hasan Ali to Rassie van der Dussen, SIX! WOW! Improvisation at its best from Rassie van der Dussen. A length ball, on middle. Rassie van der Dussen just walks across his stumps and scoops it over the keeper's head and the ball sails over the ropes.
10.4
2
Hasan Ali to Rassie van der Dussen, Back of a length, Rassie van der Dussen short arm jabs it towards wide long on and gets back for an easy two.
10.3
1
Hasan Ali to Temba Bavuma, Ali bangs it in short, around middle. Bavuma looks to pull but mistimes it uppishly towards backward square leg. They get a single.
10.2
2
Hasan Ali to Temba Bavuma, Short of a good-length, around off. Temba Bavuma strokes it through covers off the back foot and picks up a couple.
10.1
0
Hasan Ali to Temba Bavuma, Back of a length, around middle and leg. Bavuma defends it out.

DRINKS! Pakistan have done well to keep things quiet although 26 runs came from the last two overs. Both the openers departed for single-digit scores and now the onus will be on Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma to keep the scoreboard ticking. One of them will have to play agressively as the required run rate is creeping up rapidly with 116 needed from the final 10 overs. Hasan Ali comes into the attack. 

9.6
1
Shadab Khan to Temba Bavuma, Dragged down, around middle, Bavuma rocks back and pulls it in front of square on the leg side for a single.
9.5
0
Shadab Khan to Temba Bavuma, Short and outside off, Bavuma cuts it to point.
9.4
1
Shadab Khan to Rassie van der Dussen, On middle, worked to mid-wicket for a single.
9.4
0
Shadab Khan to Rassie van der Dussen, FIVE WIDES! That will help South Africa's cause. Down the leg side, Rassie van der Dussen looks to sweep but misses. The keeper fails to collect it as well and the ball races away to the fine leg fence.
9.3
1
Shadab Khan to Temba Bavuma, Flatter ball, around off. Bavuma goes on the back foot and cuts it towards point for a run.
9.2
1
Shadab Khan to Rassie van der Dussen, Tossed up, around leg stump. Rassie van der Dussen skips down the track and works it to deep mid-wicket for one.
9.1
4
Shadab Khan to Rassie van der Dussen, FOUR! Pre-meditated reverse sweep from Rassie van der Dussen. Floated delivery, on middle and reverse swept into the point fence.
8.6
0
Mohammad Wasim to Temba Bavuma, An excellent yorker, right on the money. Temba Bavuma does well to keep it out.
8.5
1
Mohammad Wasim to Rassie van der Dussen, On the pads and flicked to deep square leg for one.
8.4
4
Mohammad Wasim to Rassie van der Dussen, FOUR! Slow, dipping full toss on the pads. Rassie van der Dussen just helps it round the corner and picks up a boundary.
8.3
3
Mohammad Wasim to Temba Bavuma, On top of middle and worked through mid-wicket for a couple of runs. The throw from the deep is a wild one and they get an extra run as well.
8.2
4
Mohammad Wasim to Temba Bavuma, FOUR! Down the leg side and Temba Bavuma tickles it fine, past the short fine leg fielder and picks up a boundary.
8.1
1
Mohammad Wasim to Rassie van der Dussen, A length ball, slanting into middle and leg. Rassie van der Dussen tucks it through mid-wicket for a single.
7.6
1
Shadab Khan to Rassie van der Dussen, Flatter and on off. Rassie van der Dussen turns it to deep square leg for a single. 142 needed in 72 balls.
7.5
1
Shadab Khan to Temba Bavuma, Loopy ball, on off, pushed to deep cover for a single.
7.4
0
Shadab Khan to Temba Bavuma, Again goes for the paddle sweep but fails to connect.
7.3
0
Shadab Khan to Temba Bavuma, A tossed up ball, on middle. Temba Bavuma pushes it uppishly straight back to the bowler. Shadab Khan dives to carry but grabs it on a bounce.
7.2
0
Shadab Khan to Temba Bavuma, Around off, kept out.
7.1
0
Shadab Khan to Temba Bavuma, A full ball, outside off. Temba Bavuma shuffles across and looks to sweep but misses.
6.6
4
Mohammad Wasim to Rassie van der Dussen, FOUR! In the gap! A full ball, on middle. Rassie van der Dussen gets on his knee and sweeps it to deep square leg for a boundary.

Shadab Khan comes in to roll his arms.

6.6
0
Mohammad Wasim to Rassie van der Dussen, WIDE! Down the leg side and is given as a wide.
6.5
1
Mohammad Wasim to Temba Bavuma, Full and on middle, drilled down to long on for a single.
6.4
0
Mohammad Wasim to Temba Bavuma, Short in length, on the bodyline. Temba Bavuma looks to pull but gets hit on the body.
6.3
0
Mohammad Wasim to Temba Bavuma, Full and on middle, flicked to square leg.
6.2
0
Mohammad Wasim to Temba Bavuma, A length ball, outside off. Temba Bavuma stands tall and looks to drive but fails to get any bat on it.
6.1
1
Mohammad Wasim to Rassie van der Dussen, Around off, pushed to covers for a single.

Mohammad Wasim comes into the attack for the first time today.

5.6
0
Hasan Ali to Temba Bavuma, A length ball, outside off. Temba Bavuma looks to drive but misses. At the end of the Powerplay, South Africa are 36/2.
5.5
2
Hasan Ali to Temba Bavuma, A low full toss, on middle. flicked to deep mid-wicket for a brace.
5.4
1
Hasan Ali to Rassie van der Dussen, Slightly short, on middle. Nudged to square leg for a single.
5.3
1
Hasan Ali to Temba Bavuma, A length ball, outside off. Bavuma steers it to backward point for a single.
5.2
1
Hasan Ali to Rassie van der Dussen, A length ball, outside off. Rassie van der Dussen knocks it to covers for a quick single.
5.1
1
Hasan Ali to Temba Bavuma, On a length, on off. Bavuma dabs it to third man for a single.

Hasan Ali comes into the attack now.

4.6
2
Haris Rauf to Rassie van der Dussen, A short ball, on middle. Rassie van der Dussen pulls it through square leg for a couple of runs.
4.5
4
Haris Rauf to Rassie van der Dussen, FOUR! Good shot! A half-volley on off. Rassie van der Dussen drives it through covers for a boundary.
4.4
1
Haris Rauf to Temba Bavuma, On a length, on off. Bavuma taps it to covers for a single.
4.3
0
Haris Rauf to Temba Bavuma, A length ball, angling around off. Temba Bavuma shuffles across and looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. An appeal follows for LBW but not given.
4.2
1
Haris Rauf to Rassie van der Dussen, Full and on middle, flicked to mid-wicket for a single.
4.1
0
Haris Rauf to Rassie van der Dussen, Excellent delivery to start with! A length ball, outside off, nipping back in. Rassie van der Dussen looks to defend but gets beaten on the inside edge.

Haris Rauf comes into the attack now.

3.6
0
Shaheen Afridi to Temba Bavuma, Outside off, Temba Bavuma dabs it to point.
3.5
0
Shaheen Afridi to Temba Bavuma, Good-length ball, on off. Temba Bavuma blocks it out from the crease.
3.4
0
Shaheen Afridi to Temba Bavuma, On a length, on off, tapped to point.
3.3
6
Shaheen Afridi to Temba Bavuma, SIX! THUMPED! A short ball, on middle. Temba Bavuma rides the bounce and pulls it over square leg for a biggie.
3.2
1
Shaheen Afridi to Rassie van der Dussen, Short and on middle, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
3.1
0
Shaheen Afridi to Rassie van der Dussen, Full, on middle. Pushed back to the bowler.

Temba Bavuma is the new man in.

2.6
0
Imad Wasim to Reeza Hendricks, OUT! DRAGGED ON! Flatter delivery, outside off. Reeza Hendricks looks to push it on the off side. The ball goes off the inside edge and crashes onto the stumps behind him. Both the openers are sent packing and early signs of trouble for South Africa.
2.5
1
Imad Wasim to Rassie van der Dussen, On the pads, played to deep square leg for a single.
2.4
0
Imad Wasim to Rassie van der Dussen, Flatter ball, on leg. Rassie van der Dussen nudges it on the leg side.

Rassie van der Dussen is in at number 3.

2.3
0
Imad Wasim to Quinton de Kock, OUT! TAKEN! Imad Wasim gets rid of the big fish here. Floats it up, outside off. Quinton de Kock shimmies down the track and looks to go inside out. Doesn't get quite to the pitch of the ball and ends up lobbing it towards cover. A nothing shot really. Asif Ali takes the simplest of catches to dismiss Quinton de Kock. An early blow to South Africa.
2.2
1
Imad Wasim to Reeza Hendricks, Loopy ball, on middle. Reeza Hendricks whips it to mid-wicket for a single.
2.1
2
Imad Wasim to Reeza Hendricks, Flatter ball, outside off. Reeza Hendricks lifts it towards wide long off for a brace.
1.6
1
Shaheen Afridi to Reeza Hendricks, On middle, worked to mid-wicket. Reeza Hendricks retains the strike by taking a run.
1.5
1
Shaheen Afridi to Quinton de Kock, Short of a length, outside off. Quinton de Kock pulls it to mid-wicket for a single.
1.4
0
Shaheen Afridi to Quinton de Kock, On middle, pushed back to the bowler.
1.3
0
Shaheen Afridi to Reeza Hendricks, Good-length ball, on off, angling in. Reeza Hendricks looks to defend but misses and gets hit on the pads. Shaheen Afridi appeals for an LBW but nothing from the umpire.
1.2
1
Shaheen Afridi to Quinton de Kock, Length ball, on off. Quinton de Kock wrists it around the corner and scampers across for a single.
1.1
1
Shaheen Afridi to Reeza Hendricks, On a good length, on off. Reeza Hendricks pushes it to point for a quick single.

Who will bowl from the other end? It's going to be Shaheen Afridi.

0.6
1
Imad Wasim to Reeza Hendricks, On the pads, Reeza Hendricks turns it to mid-wicket for a run. A good over from Imad Wasim. Only 6 runs from it.
0.5
1
Imad Wasim to Quinton de Kock, Flatter ball, on middle. Quinton de Kock works it to mid-wicket for one.
0.4
2
Imad Wasim to Quinton de Kock, Floats it up, outside off, Quinton de Kock lofts it towards deep cover for a couple of runs.
0.3
1
Imad Wasim to Reeza Hendricks, Quicker delivery, skidding on, on off. Reeza Hendricks nudges it to mid on for one.
0.2
1
Imad Wasim to Quinton de Kock, Loopy ball, on middle. Quinton de Kock sweeps it to square leg for a single. South Africa and Quinton de Kock are underway!
0.1
0
Imad Wasim to Quinton de Kock, Flatter ball, outside off. Quinton de Kock slashes it towards covers.