South Africa beat Pakistan by 6 runs in first T20


CAPE TOWN – Ridding on half-centuries from RR Hendricks and du Plessis, South Africa went on a batting rampage as they posted a huge total of 192-6 in the first of the three T20 matches series at Cape Town today (Friday).

Opener RR Hendricks cracked 74 in 41 balls, du Plessis blasted 78 in 54 balls with the help of 6 sixes and destroyed Pakistan bowling attack after South Africa invited to bat on a perfect batting track at Cape Town.

Usman Shinwari took three wickets while Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali and Imad Wasim got one wicket apiece.

Mohammad Hafeez has a slight hamstring niggle and will be rested from tonight’s first T20I that will give him every chance of being fit for the next two fixtures.

South Africa have won six out of their 11 fixtures against Pakistan while the Men in Green have won five matches so far.

However, world number one Pakistan have been on a roll in T20I cricket and are on a remarkable run of 12 consecutive series wins.

However, the Proteas will want to bring the momentum from the ODI series into the T20Is.


Squads:

Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Hussain Talat, Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Shoaib Malik(c), Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Usman Shinwari


South Africa: Reeza Hendricks, Gihahn Cloete (wk) Faf du Plessis (c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Beuran Hendricks, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi