PESHAWAR: Pakistan earned consolation victory against South Africa in last match of the T20 series at the Centurion on Wednesday.
Pakistan after being invited to bat first on a good batting pitch scored 168 runs for the loss of nine wickets. Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik said he also wanted to bat first and losing the toss didn’t matter. There was no major contribution from any single batsman, however, small contributions from Babar Azam (23), Mohammad Rizwan (26), Asif Ali (25) and Shadab Khan (22) ensured a respectable total for Pakistan. Shadab Khan was very impressive with his bat as he hit 21 in the last over and scored 22 runs in just 8 balls.
For South Africa Hendricks took four wickets, Morris took two wickets, and AL Phehlukwayo and Sipamla took one wicket each.
While chasing the target, South Africa could make 142 runs for the loss on 9 wickets in the allotted overs and they fell short by 27 runs.
Chris Morris was top batsmen for Proteas with 55 runs, while van der Dussen scored 41.
Mohammad Amir got three wickets, Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf got two wickets each and Imad Wasim and Shaheen Shah Afridi got one wicket each.
The batting of both the teams witnessed some soft dismissals and some fielding lapses as well.
Although, Pakistan won the final match, but South Africa won the series 2-1. Shadab Khan was declared player of the match, while David Miller was declared player of the series.
Wednesday’s defeat did not affect the top ranking of Pakistan in T20s as they are still holding the top ranking followed by India.
Shoaib Malik was happy with Pakistan’s consolation win and praised the youngsters. He said PCB invested in Babar Azam which paid off. He hoped that investment will be made in more emerging players and they will also contribute in future. He said Pakistan are good in bowling resources, however, they need more batsmen like Babar Azam who can deliver on foreign pitches.
Shadab Khan said it was a good learning tour for him. He said competitive cricket was played throughout the series.