ABU DHABI: South Africa cruised to a six-wicket win over Pakistan in the first Twenty20 international in Abu Dhabi.
Lonwabo Tsotsobe took three for 16 and Johan Botha added three for 31 as Pakistan crumbled to 119 all out.
South Africa made a poor start to their reply but Colin Ingram hit an unbeaten 46 from 38 balls to lead them to victory with 10 balls to spare.
South Africa left out star men Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis and made an untidy start. Albie Morkel's first over went for 14 including four separate wides and brother Morne overstepped twice in an over which cost 11.
Tsotsobe, by contrast, delivered a superb opening over from the other end which yielded just one run and frustrated Imran Farhat (10) into swiping wildly off the toe to Graeme Smith at slip.
Shahzaib Hasan followed in the sixth over with the score on 38 as a steepling miscue off Tsotsobe was brilliantly held by JP Duminy running back from point.
Rusty Theron removed Mohammad Hafeez (13) but new man Shahid Afridi hoisted his first ball wide of long-on for six. The captain then clubbed successive maximums off Botha before heaving the next delivery down Loots Bosman's throat to fall for 25 from seven balls.
Umar Akmal (14) became the leading run-scorer in T20 internationals this year but pulled Albie Morkel straight to mid-wicket, and Abdul Razzaq and Zulqarnain Haider quickly followed to leave Pakistan 91 for seven.
The tail offered little as Pakistan limped to their slowest 100 in T20Is and the Proteas were left to chase just 120 despite top-scorer Misbah-ul-Haq (26 not out) smashing three full tosses to the ropes in the last two overs.
South Africa slipped to 26 for three as Shoaib Akhtar removed Bosman and AB de Villiers in the same over, but Duminy and Colin Ingram rebuilt and brought up their 50 partnership in 7.3 overs. The former departed for 41 as Akmal took a good diving catch off Saeed Ajmal's bowling but Ingram remained with David Miller (13 not out) to ensure victory. AGENCIES