Pakistan beat South Africa in first T20I, after nail-biting chase

 Pakistan beat South Africa in first T20I, after nail-biting chase

Pakistan beat South Africa by 4 wickets in first T20I after nail biting chase in Johannesburg.

Mohammad Rizwan once again proved to be a solid match-winner for Pakistan as he single-handedly led Pakistan to a four-wicket victory.

The right-handed opener stood till the end to hand Pakistan a 1-0 lead in the four-matches T20I series.

Earlier, Aiden Markram and Heinrich Klaasen led their team from the front as South Africa posted 188-6 in 20 overs.

South Africa started their inning with Janneman Malan’s firepower as the right-handed batsman smashed two fours and as many sixes to score 24 runs. Second opener Markram didn’t look back after losing his partner and played a confidence-gaining knock.

For Pakistan, Mohammad Nawaz and Hasan Ali bagged two wickets each while Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf shared a wicket apiece.

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In response, Pakistan got a steady start from openers Babar Azam and Rizwan who scored 41 runs together before the skipper threw his wicket on the offside.

Fakhar Zaman raced the inning with Rizwan by smashing a six and four boundaries but couldn’t hole for long and departed after scoring 27 off 19 balls.

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