2nd T20 Pakistan v South Africa in Dubai: Pakistan collapse after flying start

South Africa win T20 series 2-0

Three wickets in as many balls sent Pakistan tumbling from cruise control to defeat by six runs in the second Twenty20 international against series winners South Africa in Dubai on Friday.

Set 151 for victory, Pakistan were 112 for four needing 39 from 32 balls for the win before Imran Tahir bowled Shoaib Malik (15) and Abdul Razzaq (0) in successive balls.

Wayne Parnell then had innings top-scorer Sohaib Maqsood (37) caught by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock at the start of the next over to rock the sub-continent side.

They never quite recovered and as the run-rate slowed, South Africa were able to turn the screw. The key wicket of Shahid Afridi (14) with eight balls remaining sealed Pakistan's fate and they ended their 20 overs on 144 for nine.

Parnell finished with three for 25 in his four overs and was ably supported by Dale Steyn (two for 20) and Tahir (two for 21).

South Africa, who claimed the two-match series 2-0, had earlier won the toss and elected to bat with their top three doing the damage.

Captain Faf du Plessis top scored with a fine 58 not out from 48 balls that included three sixes, while Hashim Amla rediscovered his form with 48 from 41 balls.

Exciting young opener De Kock hit six fours in his 30 from 19 balls as the Proteas posted 150 for five in their 20 overs.

Saeed Ajmal was again the pick of the Pakistan bowlers with three for 25 in his four overs, while Sohail Tanvir collected two for 21 in his four.

The sides now travel to South Africa for a two-game T20 and three-match one-day international series starting on Wednesday.

PAKISTAN INNINGS

South Africa snatched victory from Pakistan after a tremendous bowling performance ensuring the Proteas won by a thrilling six runs to clean sweep the two T20 Internationals in Dubai.

Chasing 151 to win, Pakistan were on track till the 10th over when three wickets fell in quick succession from where Pakistan never recovered. Even their batting star Shahid Afridi failed to provide the final touches as Pakistan managed 144 for nine in 20 overs.

Wayne Parnell took three wickets while Darren Steyn and Imran Tahir bagged two wickets each.

Earlier, batting first, Faf du Plessis scored an unbeaten 58 while Hasim Amla struck 48 as South Africa posted 150 for five in 20 overs.

South Africa at one stage were looking strong going for a bigger score but Saeed Ajmal and Sohail Tanvir bowled in the end to restrict the Proteas.

While Ajmal claimed three wickets, Tanvir took two.

So finally it turned out to be a thrilling end as South Africa seal the match by six runs.

Big wicket and it now again changes the calculations for Pakistan. Afridi walks back in disappointment. Pak 139-9 in 18.4 overs.

Shahid Afridi c du Plessis b Steyn 14 (10b 0x4 1x6)

A six from Afridi and it looks all easy for Pakistan. But Afridi has to stay on. Pak 137-8 in 18 overs.

Pakistan lose another wicket. Tahir celebrates as Malik played on. Pak 112-6 in 14.5 overs.

Shoaib Malik b Imran Tahir 15 (18b 1x4 0x6)

Malik is back. He is determined to take Pakistan to victory despite the injury. Pak 105-4 in 14 overs.

Akmal is gone and the fortunes can change here. All focus will be on Afridi. Pak 101-4 in 13.3 overs.

Umar Akmal c Imran Tahir b McLaren 11 (12b 1x4 0x6)

Umar Akmal will have an important role to play. Pakistan have to ensure they don't lose wickets at this stage. Pak 96-3 in 13 overs.

Pak are 81-3 in 11 overs.

Interesting situation with the match equally poised but Malik is injured. Pak 76-3 in 10 overs.

Shoaib Malik retired hurt 13 (15b 1x4 0x6)

Malik will be under lot of pressure to perform. His good performance can make him a permanent in the ODI team. Pak 58-3 in 8 overs.

Pakistan lose another as Jamshed returns to the pavilion. Davids strikes in his first over. Pak 46-3 in 6.3 overs.

Nasir Jamshed c Amla b Davids 19 (20b 3x4 0x6)

Pakistan looking in trouble losing two wickets here. They need a partnership going. Pak 44-2 in 6 overs.

Parnell is on a roll here. Second wicket from his next ball. Pakistan suddenly look to be in trouble. Pak 39-2 in 5.2 overs.

Mohammad Hafeez lbw b Parnell 0 (1b 0x4 0x6)

Parnell strikes in his very first ball. Pak 39-1 in 5.1 overs.

Ahmed Shehzad c McLaren b Parnell 21 (14b 3x4 0x6

A fine over for Pakistan with two boundaries coming off it. Pak 30-0 in 4 overs.

Steyn bowls another good over. But still gives away eight runs. Pak 18-0 in 3 overs.

Jamshed makes up for the first over loss with two boundaries. Pak 10-0 in 2 overs.

Steyn bowls an impressive maiden over. Great start of South Africa. Pakistan 0-0 in 1 over.

Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad open for Pakistan as the dangerous Steyn prepares to bowl for SA.

PAKISTAN INNINGS

Faf du Plessis scored an unbeaten 58 while Hasim Amla struck 48 as South Africa posted 150 for five in 20 overs.

South Africa at one stage were looking strong going for a bigger score but Saeed Ajmal and Sohail Tanvir bowled in the end to restrict the Proteas.

While Ajmal claimed three wickets, Tanvir took two.

Brilliant over from Tanvir. Picks the wicket of the last ball as SA manage 150 for 4 in 20 overs.

H Davids b Sohail Tanvir 0 (2b 0x4 0x6)

Du Plessis played a brilliant knock to notch up his half century. South Africa has another two overs and look set to post a healthy total. SA 140-3 in 18 overs.

South Africa lose another. De Villiers has to go. SA 137-3 in 17.2 overs.

AB de Villiers c Nasir Jamshed b Sohail Tanvir 5 (6b 1x4 0x6)

Afridi has a terrible day with the ball. His four overs went for 43 runs with no wickets. SA 133-2 in 17 overs.

Hafeez bowls a fine over. The Proteas will look to add another 30 to 40 with four over remaining. SA 120-2 in 16 overs

Amla succumbs. Holes one in the deep but he has played his part and ensured SA got off to a good start. SA 115-2 in 14.4 overs.

H Amla c Shoaib Malik b Saeed Ajmal 48 (41b 3x4 2x6)

South Africa in a great position. Amla leading the charge as he reaches 46. SA 112-1 in 14 overs.

Sixes coming quite frequently. Both batsmen in the 30s. SA 101-1 in 13 overs.

South Africa going strong now. With a six from Du Plessis, the partnership crosses 50. SA 91-1 in 12 overs.

Amla is going great at the moment. A big six in the Hafeez over and SA are 77-1 in 11 overs.

Half way through, Proteas are in a steady position with still nine wickets in hand. SA 67-1 in 10 overs.

Just two runs from the over. Pakistan is doing a good job here. SA 62-1 in 9 overs.

r Afridi comes into the attack but Amla takes on him to hit two boundaries. SA 60-1 in 8 overs.

Pakistan bowlers are doing a good job bowling a tidy line. SA 49-1 in 7 overs.

Amla struggling to get going. Runs have not been coming easily in the last couple of overs. SA 44-1 in 6 overs.

Pakistan make the breakthrough. Ajmal removes De Kock as he holes one in the deep to Amin (Sub). SA 37-1 in 4.4 overs.

Q de Kock c sub b Saeed Ajmal 30 (19b 6x4 0x6)

Irfan is out with an injury. A setback for Pakistan. SA 32-0 in 4 overs.

Razzaq gets hammered as De Kock three boundaries. SA 20-0 in 2 overs.

Razzaq prepares to bowl. His experience should help for Pakistan.

Positive start for the Proteas. Kock looking aggressive. SA 5-0 in 1 over.

Amla and de Kock in the middle as they prepare to open for South Africa. Mohammad Irfan to bowl the opening over for Pakistan.

Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez says his team has included another batsman. Nasir Jamshed is in with Abdur Rehman is out. We want to finish the series on a high note. 

Playing XI

Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Henry Davids, AB de Villiers, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Wayne Parnell, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Imran Tahir.

Pakistan are under severe pressure after having lost their first T20 International as they take on South Africa in the second and last T20I in Dubai.

South Africa will withouth the services of JP Duminy and Morne Morkel.

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