South Africa in Pakistan, 3 T20I Series, 2021

Pakistan vs South Africa - 2nd T20I

Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Date & Time: 13 February 2021

South Africa 145/4

RR: 8.88 | South Africa beat Pakistan by 6 wickets

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Okay. A long Saturday ends. South Africa have managed to get a decider in this 3-match T20I series. It won't be wrong to say that they had the better side of the toss. How crucial will it be on Sunday? Pakistan managed to counter the dew in the first T20I but struggled in this one. Join us then, on 14th February, 2021, from 6 pm local (1300 GMT) to see how the final match of this tour envelops. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious South African skipper, Heinrich Klaasen, on being asked about dominating spin in this game, says that is the reason why big hitters were picked, after traditional methods failed in the last game. Credits his bowlers for setting the win up, with a special mention for Dwaine Pretorius, marvelling at his 5-fer. Stresses his confidence for the final, saying that they are here to win.

DWAINE PRETORIUS HAS BEEN NAMED THE PLAYER OF THE MATCH. Pretorius feels happy that he could contribute to the team's win. Informs that he just stuck to the team plan, which was to mix lines, pace and lengths and puts it all down to perfect execution. On the recovery from the previous game, Dwaine says that South Africa did well there too, but just could not get through the big moments, which was done here. Hopes to do well again in the third T20I, which becomes a final.

Babar Azam has been named Pakistan's white-ball cricketer of the year for 2020.

Babar Azam, Pakistan skipper, says they did not have enough runs to defend. Adds that the middle order did not perform well for them while the bowling attack could not quite reproduce its brilliance from the other night. Mentions that the wicket was a similar one to the previous game. Credits South Africa for playing well and feels they deserved to win. Further says they will look to perform well in the final game of the series.

Reeza Hendricks is down for an interview. He says that he is happy with the team's performance. Adds they did well to make a comeback when they were 1 down early. Mentions Pretorius bowled well and it was amazing that he took a five-fer. Further says that they got a couple of days to prepare and it paid off for them. Hendricks ends by saying they will look to win the last game as well.

Earlier, South Africa did well to restrict Pakistan to 144. Dwaine Pretorius took a five-fer and demolished the Pakistan batsmen. Shamsi was economical and picked a solitary wicket. Smuts did well to support him. For Pakistan, they lost Babar Azam early. Rizwan played well for his 51 but he did not get support from the middle-order batsmen. Faheem Ashraf finished the innings on a strong note for them. Stay tuned for the presentation...

Coming to Pakistan, they got off to a great start when Shaheen Afridi dismissed Janneman Malan and JJ Smuts early. But then, the other bowlers could not stop the partnership between Hendricks and van Biljon. They took the game away from them. Qadir's no ball, which dismissed van Biljon, also cost them the game.

It has been a fantastic victory for South Africa. Klaasen and Miller did well to finish the chase for the visitors. The partnership between Reeza Hendricks and Pite van Biljon set up the chase for them. They stitched a 77-run stand between them.

16.2
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to David Miller, Short ball on off, Miller punches it through covers for a single. SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 6 WICKETS!
16.1
6
Iftikhar Ahmed to David Miller, SIX! That is hammered! Tossed up delivery on middle, Miller lofts it over long on for a maximum. Just 1 needed for South Africa to win this match!
15.6
1
Shaheen Afridi to David Miller, Back of a length on off, Miller taps it towards point for a single.
15.5
0
Shaheen Afridi to David Miller, Full delivery on off, Miller drives it to covers. Just 8 needed for South Africa!
15.4
4
Shaheen Afridi to David Miller, FOUR! Poor bowling from Afridi! Full toss on middle, Miller flicks it through square leg for a boundary.
15.3
1
Shaheen Afridi to Heinrich Klaasen, Length delivery on off, Klaasen punches it towards covers for a single.
15.2
0
Shaheen Afridi to Heinrich Klaasen, Short delivery on middle, Klaasen pulls it uppishly towards mid-wicket where the fielder takes a simple catch. But it does not matter as it was a Free Hit.
15.2
4
Shaheen Afridi to Heinrich Klaasen, NO BALL AND FOUR! High full toss on off, Klaasen guides it towards third man for a boundary. Free Hit coming up!
15.1
1
Shaheen Afridi to David Miller, Length ball on off, Miller guides it towards third man for a single.

Shaheen Afridi is back on.

14.6
4
Iftikhar Ahmed to Heinrich Klaasen, FOUR! Short ball on off, Klaasen looks to cut but gets an outside edge. It goes past the keeper towards third man for a boundary.
14.5
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to David Miller, Floated delivery on middle, Miller flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
14.4
0
Iftikhar Ahmed to David Miller, On off, Miller blocks it off the front foot.
14.3
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Heinrich Klaasen, Full delivery on middle, Klaasen drives it through mid on for a run.
14.2
0
Iftikhar Ahmed to Heinrich Klaasen, Short ball on off, Klaasen punches it to covers.
14.1
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to David Miller, Full delivery on off, Miller drives it through mid off for a single.

Iftikhar Ahmed is on.

13.6
2
Usman Qadir to Heinrich Klaasen, On middle, Klaasen plays a paddle sweep towards fine leg for a run. South Africa need 26 runs in 36 balls!
13.5
1
Usman Qadir to David Miller, Full delivery on off, Miller drives it through mid off for a single.
13.5
0
Usman Qadir to David Miller, WIDE! Qadir bowls it wide outside off, Miller leaves it alone. It is wided by the umpire.
13.4
0
Usman Qadir to David Miller, Googly on middle, Miller looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
13.3
0
Usman Qadir to David Miller, Floated delivery on off, Miller looks to cut but gets hit on the pads.
13.2
4
Usman Qadir to David Miller, FOUR! Good shot! Floated ball on middle, Miller lofts it over mid on. The fielder at long on tries to go for the catch but he misfields and concedes a boundary.
13.1
0
Usman Qadir to David Miller, Tossed up delivery on off, Miller looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
12.6
4
Mohammad Nawaz to Heinrich Klaasen, FOUR! That is smashed! Short delivery on middle, Klaasen pulls it over mid on for a boundary.
12.5
1
Mohammad Nawaz to David Miller, On middle, Miller flicks it towards the leg side for a single.
12.4
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Heinrich Klaasen, Full delivery on middle, Klaasen flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.

Heinrich Klaasen is the next batsman in.

12.3
0
Mohammad Nawaz to Pite van Biljon, OUT! CAUGHT! Nawaz gets his first wicket! Floated delivery on middle, van Biljon looks to flick but gets a leading edge. It goes uppishly towards the bowler where Nawaz takes a simple catch.
12.2
1
Mohammad Nawaz to David Miller, Short ball on off, Miller punches it through mid off for a single.
12.1
0
Mohammad Nawaz to David Miller, BEATEN! Tossed up outside off, Miller looks to drive but misses it.
11.6
0
Usman Qadir to Pite van Biljon, BEATEN! Googly outside off, van Biljon looks to defend but misses it. South Africa need 41 runs in 48 balls!
11.5
2
Usman Qadir to Pite van Biljon, Tossed up delivery on middle, van Biljon sweeps it through square leg for a single.
11.4
1
Usman Qadir to David Miller, Short ball on off, Miller cuts it through point for a single.
11.3
2
Usman Qadir to David Miller, Full delivery on off, Miller drives it through covers for a couple.
11.2
1
Usman Qadir to Pite van Biljon, Full ball on middle, van Biljon pushes it through mid on for a single.

David Miller is the new batsman in.

11.1
0
Usman Qadir to Reeza Hendricks, OUT! CAUGHT! Usman Qadir strikes! Tossed up delivery on off, Hendricks looks to play the slog sweep but gets a top edge. It goes towards mid on where Iftikhar Ahmed takes a good catch.
10.6
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Reeza Hendricks, On middle, Hendricks pushes it through mid on for a single.
10.5
0
Mohammad Nawaz to Reeza Hendricks, BEATEN! Googly outside off, Hendricks looks to play the reverse sweep but misses it due to the turn on this one.
10.4
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Pite van Biljon, Floated delivery on off, van Biljon pushes it through mid off for a single.
10.3
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Reeza Hendricks, Loopy delivery on middle, Hendricks pushes it through mid on for a single.
10.2
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Pite van Biljon, Flighted ball on middle, van Biljon flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
10.1
2
Mohammad Nawaz to Pite van Biljon, Tossed up delivery on off, van Biljon drives it through point for a couple.

Here is Mohammad Nawaz. 2-0-14-0 so far.

DEW BREAK. Medium pace, all over the place. That is how it has been, from Pakistan. Apart from Afridi, no one has been able to bowl a tight line or length. While South Africa have done their bit to attack Qadir. He has gone for 29 in his 2 overs, 22 of those coming in 4 balls, via boundaries. He might have had van Biljon, but he overstepped. But even then, it looks too difficult for Pakistan to enforce a collapse. Hendricks and van Biljon are gaining in confidence and will aim to finish this off. At least one of them needs to bat through, to ensure they do not hand another gift to Pakistan. The ground has now been roped off, of dew. 

9.6
0
Faheem Ashraf to Reeza Hendricks, Around off, Reeza looks to punch but mistimes it back to the bowler.
9.5
1
Faheem Ashraf to Pite van Biljon, Outside off, drilled through the covers for one more.
9.4
4
Faheem Ashraf to Pite van Biljon, FOUR! Short, around middle, van Biljon pulls it through square leg. The stand moves to 70 from 45 balls.
9.3
0
Faheem Ashraf to Pite van Biljon, Outside off, driven towards cover.
9.2
1
Faheem Ashraf to Reeza Hendricks, Around middle, helped to deep mid-wicket for a single. Hendricks moves to 40 from 25 balls.
9.1
4
Faheem Ashraf to Reeza Hendricks, FOUR! Poor line. Down the leg side, Hendricks gets bat on it and tickles the ball past the keeper, to the fine leg fence.

Faheem Ashraf is back on. 1-0-7-0 so far.

8.6
2
Usman Qadir to Pite van Biljon, Full and outside off, Pite hits it hard but Qadir gets his left boot in the way. Deflects it to the left of long off. Two runs taken. 16 from the over, but could have been a wicket-taking one. The stand is worth 61 from 41 balls. Qadir has gone for 29 in his 2 overs.
8.5
4
Usman Qadir to Pite van Biljon, FOUR! Short, outside off, skidding away, van Biljon rocks back and pulls it through mid-wicket. Splits long on and deep mid-wicket perfectly. 
8.4
0
Usman Qadir to Pite van Biljon, No shot attempted on the Free Hit! Wide ball, outside off, PvB lets it go, thinking it will be wided but it is a legal ball, well inside the guideline!

A break in play as Rizwan was out for a bathroom break.

8.4
0
Usman Qadir to Pite van Biljon, STUMPED OFF A NO BALL! Criminal from Qadir. He has overstepped, as pointed out by the third umpire. The ball was a beauty, looping it up, enticing the batsman to come down the track, then making it dip and spin away. Van Biljon was not quite to the pitch of the ball. He missed and Rizwan did the rest. But the umpire had a doubt that Qadir had overstepped. He sent it upstairs and one replay confirmed the same. What a reprieve, 69 more needed in 69 balls.
8.3
2
Usman Qadir to Pite van Biljon, The wrong 'un, outside off, read well, worked through mid-wicket. Faheem Ashraf gets across to his right, but slips and concedes the second.
8.2
1
Usman Qadir to Reeza Hendricks, Around middle, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
8.1
6
Usman Qadir to Reeza Hendricks, SIX! WHACK! 'Pakistan need big strikes', says Ramiz Raja on air. Hendricks provides one big strike instead. Tossed up, outside off, Hendricks leans and lofts it over extra cover. 50-RUN STAND IS UP! In 35 balls. Hendricks moves to 34 from 22 balls.
7.6
0
Mohammad Nawaz to Pite van Biljon, The arm ball, around off, well defended.
7.5
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Reeza Hendricks, Goes back and works it to deep mid-wicket for another single. 79 more needed from 73 balls.
7.4
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Pite van Biljon, Punches this towards long off for one more.
7.3
4
Mohammad Nawaz to Pite van Biljon, FOUR! From the back of the bat. Fuller, outside off, van Biljon looks to attempt the reverse sweep. Is early but still gets runs through third man. Moves to 21 from 15, in a stand of 43 from 31.
7.2
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Reeza Hendricks, Dinks this through mid-wicket and gets a single.
7.1
0
Mohammad Nawaz to Reeza Hendricks, Outside off, Hendricks looks to play the reverse sweep but misses.

Mohammad Nawaz returns. 1-0-7-0 so far.

6.6
6
Usman Qadir to Pite van Biljon, SIX! He has connected that well and Qadir goes for 13 in his opener! Tossed up, around off, van Biljon makes room to his left, gets under the ball and slog sweeps it over long on! 86 more needed from 78 balls.
6.5
1
Usman Qadir to Reeza Hendricks, Fuller, around middle, this is swept through square leg for a single.
6.4
6
Usman Qadir to Reeza Hendricks, SIX! WALLOP! Well, you have got to put those way when you get them. Attempted googly from Qadir, but it turns out to be a full toss. Hendricks pulls it over mid-wicket. 50 UP FOR SOUTH AFRICA. 93 more needed from 80 balls.
6.3
0
Usman Qadir to Reeza Hendricks, Yorker, around off, well dug out.
6.2
0
Usman Qadir to Reeza Hendricks, Around off, pushed towards cover.
6.1
0
Usman Qadir to Reeza Hendricks, Full, around off, driven back to the bowler.

Usman Qadir comes on now.

5.6
2
Haris Rauf to Pite van Biljon, This time to his left! Haider is outstanding again. Full, around off, swung towards deep mid-wicket. Ali races to his left, sticks out his left hand and then pushes the ball back in play, himself going out. Comes back in and throws the ball back to the keeper. Two runs taken. 46/2 in the Powerplay for South Africa, same as Pakistan. 99 more meeded from 84 balls.
5.5
2
Haris Rauf to Pite van Biljon, Brilliant work from Haider Ali. But ordinary stuff from Rauf. Another short ball, this is dragged through backward square leg. Haider gets across to his right in the deep, slides and then pushes the ball back in. The umpires refer it upstairs and it is deemed fine. Two runs saved.
5.4
1
Haris Rauf to Reeza Hendricks, Fuller, around off, worked between mid on and short mid-wicket for one.
5.3
4
Haris Rauf to Reeza Hendricks, FOUR! Gets this one away. Short, slower in pace, Hendricks waits for it and then swivels to pull it away. Beats deep backward square leg to his right. The stand moves to 20 from 19 balls.
5.2
1
Haris Rauf to Pite van Biljon, On middle and off, worked to the leg side for a run.
5.1
1
Haris Rauf to Reeza Hendricks, A length ball, around middle, worked through mid-wicket for a single. 109 more needed from 89 balls. 

Haris Rauf switches ends. 1-0-15-0 so far.

4.6
0
Faheem Ashraf to Pite van Biljon, And it stays that way. 7 from the first 2 balls, followed by 4 dot balls. Full and outside off, hit straight to mid off.
4.5
0
Faheem Ashraf to Pite van Biljon, Outside off, another slower ball, pushed towards cover. He wants one but Hendricks is not interested. Almost looks like a repeat of the previous over. Six early on but then nothing much after that.
4.4
0
Faheem Ashraf to Pite van Biljon, Fuller, around off, pushed back to the bowler.
4.3
0
Faheem Ashraf to Pite van Biljon, Ooohh... misses the leg stump. Slower ball, fuller in length, down the leg side, Pite swings again, but perhaps is a touch too early. Misses and is lucky to be still hanging around.
4.2
6
Faheem Ashraf to Pite van Biljon, SIX! VIOLENCE! Off the mark in style. Full, sliding onto the pads, van Biljon picks it in a trice and swings it cleanly over mid-wicket! The stand moves to 14 from 12 balls.
4.1
1
Faheem Ashraf to Reeza Hendricks, Short, around off, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single.

Faheem Ashraf to bowl now.

3.6
0
Mohammad Nawaz to Pite van Biljon, Nicely bowled, slower through the air, outside off, fuller in length, van Biljon looks to drive but gets an outside edge to short third man. Excellent comeback by Nawaz after the first ball.
3.5
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Reeza Hendricks, Short, around off, Hendricks goes back and works it through mid-wicket for a single.
3.4
0
Mohammad Nawaz to Reeza Hendricks, Around off, RH comes down the track and pushes it towards long off. Nawaz himself dives to his left to stop the ball.
3.3
0
Mohammad Nawaz to Reeza Hendricks, The arm ball, fired down the leg side, Reeza misses his flick and is hit on the pads.
3.2
0
Mohammad Nawaz to Reeza Hendricks, Comes down the track now and drives, but finds cover.
3.1
6
Mohammad Nawaz to Reeza Hendricks, SIX! TONK! Flighted, around middle, Hendricks lines it up, steps to the leg side, gets under the ball, is on a knee and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket! 118 more needed from 101 balls. Hendricks moves to 11 from 5 balls.

Spin time. Mohammad Nawaz called upon.

2.6
0
Shaheen Afridi to Pite van Biljon, A maiden! Afridi's first in T20Is. Short, outside off, van Biljon looks to pull but misses.
2.5
0
Shaheen Afridi to Pite van Biljon, Full and wide outside off, driven towards point.

A little bit of sawdust being applied by Afridi himself, near the landing area.

2.4
0
Shaheen Afridi to Pite van Biljon, Short again, on middle, van Biljon plays a mistimed pull shot to mid-wicket.
2.3
0
Shaheen Afridi to Pite van Biljon, Around off, pushed towards cover.

Pite van Biljon walks in at number 4, replacing Smuts.

2.2
0
Shaheen Afridi to JJ Smuts, OUT! CAUGHT! Catching practice to mid off. A length ball, outside off, Smuts stands tall and hammers it straight to mid off. It is straight into the bread basket of Babar Azam there. When dismissals like these happen, reminds me of Ian Chappell commenting during the Aus-Eng clash in the 2007 ODI World Cup. Ian Bell was caught at cover and Chappell was criticizing the shot. Either you hit it over the top or hit it along the ground. Not the in-between. The same logic applies to Smuts. Why didn't he look to go over mid off? Why flat?
2.1
0
Shaheen Afridi to JJ Smuts, Full, around off, driven straight to short extra cover.
1.6
0
Haris Rauf to Reeza Hendricks, Finally a decent ball, full and straight, at pace, watchfully defended. 15 from the over, with the batsmen not having to do much.
1.5
0
Haris Rauf to Reeza Hendricks, Outside off, pushed straight to cover.
1.4
4
Haris Rauf to Reeza Hendricks, FOUR! Wrong line this time. Fired in a bit too straight, Hendricks just works it to the left of short fine leg.
1.3
1
Haris Rauf to JJ Smuts, Outside off, dabbed to third man for a run.
1.2
4
Haris Rauf to JJ Smuts, FOUR! THWACK! Short and wide outside off, Smuts hammers it aerially, but through the gap at cover. Rauf under pressure now. 129 more needed from 112 balls. The stand moves to 12 from 6 balls.
1.1
1
Haris Rauf to Reeza Hendricks, Outside off, pushed to the off side for a single.
1.1
0
Haris Rauf to Reeza Hendricks, FIVE WIDES! Bonus for South Africa. A length ball, angling down the leg side, Hendricks looks to tuck it away but misses. The ball pitches and then seams further away. Rizwan dives to his left but is unable to cope up with the moving ball. It races to the fine leg fence.

Haris Rauf to bowl from the other end. Pace from both ends. Surprising.

0.6
0
Shaheen Afridi to JJ Smuts, On a length, around off, angling away, Smuts feels for it but misses.
0.5
0
Shaheen Afridi to JJ Smuts, An appeal for a caught behind, turned down! Long chat for the review, not taken. Full, down the leg side, Smuts looks to flick but misses. Rizwan dives to his left and stops it. He gets up, but does not appeal straightaway. The bowler is up for it and now, the keeper joins him. Neither is totally sure. So Babar furiously lets it be. UltraEdge detects a spike, but when the ball is near the pad.
0.4
0
Shaheen Afridi to JJ Smuts, That inswing angle again, this time on off, driven sweetly but straight to mid on, who is very straight.
0.3
2
Shaheen Afridi to JJ Smuts, Full, around off, more inswing, worked wide of mid on, to his right, for a couple. 139 more needed from 117 balls.

JJ Smuts walks in at number 3, replacing Malan.

0.2
0
Shaheen Afridi to Janneman Malan, OUT! BOWLED! Now, South Africa will mind, Pakistan won't. This is pitched outside leg and is angling further down as well. Malan looks to flick but misses. However, unluckily for him, the ball ricochets off the back pad, onto the stumps! Early blow.
0.1
4
Shaheen Afridi to Janneman Malan, EDGED, FOUR! Neither team would mind. Pakistan, because, it was a good ball. South Africa, because, they have started off with a boundary. Full, outside off, swinging in, Malan looks to drive, does not look to move his feet and gets a thick inside edge. It shoots past the off stump, beating short fine leg to his right.