Pakistan elect to field first in second T20 against South Africa

South Africa vs Pakistan

Captaining South Africa for the first time because Faf du Plessis was rested for the last two matches of the series, Miller went on the rampage in the closing overs after South Africa made a relatively sedate start on an unusually slow, dry Wanderers pitch.

With Hussain still at the crease, the Proteas still needed a lot of hard work to clinch a victory, but they managed to throttle Pakistan further with the wicket of Asif Ali, courtesy of Andile Phehlukwayo. Beuran Hendricks gave his side some respite in the final ball of the fourth over by getting rid of Fakhar Zaman with a short ball but Babar responded with a hat-trick of boundaries in the very next over to ensure the hosts do not get any sort of momentum on their side. Chasing 193, Pakistan ended at 186/9.

Their partnership was broken with the first ball of the 17th over when Hendricks' slower ball was mistimed by Babar, who skied the delivery to midwicket with his score on 90.

"I thought I was the worst captain on the planet", he said with a smile after sealing an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series with a seven-run triumph. Miller slammed 65 not out off 29 balls to enable South Africa to post 188 for three in their 20 overs. At one stage, only 170 was on the cards with Pakistan applying the brakes at the back end of the innings.

Miller hit five sixes and four fours as South Africa scored 127 runs in the last ten overs of an innings which was interrupted for half an hour by a rain shower.

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Earlier, Pakistan opted to field first and got off to a good start, although South Africa's openers added 58 for the opening wicket. Praises Imad Wasim and Shaheen Afridi for bowling superbly in the Powerplay but laments again that the death overs cost them.

Three overs later, van der Dussen mistimed one to get dismissed for a well-compiled 45 just when he appeared to shift the balance of the game towards his side's favour.

Malan's misery came to an end in Imad's following over when he stepped down the track and completely missed the ball to get stumped.

"[Tabraiz] Shamsi came in and bowled incredibly well, brought the run-rate down, and [Lutho] Sipamla was absolutely incredible on his first game".

Babar Azam hit a majestic 90 but Pakistan´s long streak of series wins came to an end in the second Twenty20 worldwide against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.

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