Pakistan in South Africa, 3 T20I Series, 2019
Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion
Date & Time: 06 February 2019
RR: 7.05 | Pakistan beat South Africa by 27 runs
Blanked 3-0 in the Tests, pipped 3-2 in the ODIs and beaten 2-1 in the T20Is. The Pakistan team fought hard in the white ball leg but they head home without any silverware. South Africa would definitely be pleased with this performance and will be looking forward to the Tests at home against Sri Lanka coming up. Thus, a pretty long tour consisting all the formats comes to an end and we saw the visitors being outplayed. Hope you enjoyed the coverage as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you. Take care and cheers!
David Miller, the captain of the South African team is also the Man of the Series. He is happy that the Proteas came out and showed their class in all three formats. Says that he enjoyed captaining the side in the T20Is, and thanks his teammates for supporting him and helping him all the way. Applauds the people who got the chance and put their hand up to beat the number 1 side in the world. Reckons that the Pakistani bowling attack is one of the best in the world but it was great the way they played them and got to the victory. He now walks over to collect the trophy and calls over his teammates for the shutterbugs. Lots of smiles around and South Africa must be really pleased by the performance in all 3 formats in this long drawn-out tour.
Shadab Khan is the Man of the Match for his all-round performance tonight. Feels that it was a plan to just wait for the last over and then smash how much ever is possible in it. Mentions it was a great tour for them and a lovely learning curve for all of the youngsters. Reckons it was good to come out of the comfort zone of UAE and then bowl here where he did not find it so easy.
Shoaib Malik, Pakistan's captain is happy with the win and says that it is good that there are some smiling faces at the end of the night. Feels that they were good in the white ball leg of the tour but concedes that they need to be better in the crunch situations. Reckons that they could have won the series but feels that what is important is to learn from this and come back and do better if they are in the same position again. Praises Shaheen Afridi and mentions that he is talented but needs to continue learning and improve day by day. Laughs slightly when he is asked as to how Pakistan unearth fast bowlers all the time but mentions that it is good for his country, also puts a lot of praise on Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq as well. Continues to say that it was a good learning curve for them and mentions it is important to play well abroad. Signs off by congratulating the South African team for winning all 3 series.
South Africa were maybe complacent. Had a very bad Powerplay and then the pressure got the better of them. Miller, Rassie didn't find the gaps and left Morris with too much to do. Earlier on in the evening, the hosts had Pakistan well under control but a final burst from Shadab Khan ensured Pakistan get to 168. It proved to be the difference in the end. Stay tuned for the final presentation of the tour.
The visitors started well picking up two early wickets in the Powerplay. That pegged the hosts back. They then got the big wickets of Klaasen, Miller and Rassie at regular intervals stopping the flow of runs. Morris got to his maiden T20I fifty but was left with plenty to get in the end. Imad bowled 4 overs at a stretch and was brilliant. Amir got 3 while Shaheen gave him good company. All the bowlers got a wicket with Shadab and Ashraf bagging a brace.
What a win for Pakistan. They manage to comfortably by 27 runs in the end. After the first innings, majority thought that 168 was below par but they have bowled out of their skin and defended this target.
Shaheen Afridi to bowl out.
Tabraiz Shamsi is the last man in.
Lutho Sipamla is in at no. 10.
Faheem Ashraf to bowl now.
Junior Dala walks in at number 9.
Mohammad Amir is back to bowl.
Beuran Hendricks to join Morris in the middle.
Review time... Andile has been given LBW here, but has reviewed it. Looks to be out and the review seems one to be done out of desperation by South Africa here.
Chris Morris walks in next.
The next man in is Andile Phehlukwayo.
Looks like Miler has caught his muscle after that run. The physio is out and giving him some treatment.
Run out? Is David Miller short? Could be a huge blow to the hosts!
Shadab Khan replaces Imad Wasim.
South Africa's captain David Miller is the new man in. Can he rescue his side?
Mohammad Amir is into the attack.
The physio is come out to have a check on Rassie. He looks fine.
Heinrich Klaasen is the next batsman.
Rassie van der Dussen is in at number 3.
We are back for the chase. Reeza Hendricks and Janneman Malan are the opening batsmen for the hosts. Imad Wasim to bowl the first over.