Proteas register comfortable six-wicket win to level four-match series
Aiden Markram’s brilliant half-century and a top bowling performance from left-arm spinner George Linde was enough for South Africa to thrash Pakistan in the second T20I in Johannesburg on Monday.
While chasing a modest total of 141 to level the four-match series, the home team never looked in trouble and completed the chase in just 14 overs at the expense of four wickets.
The star of the show was Markram who played a brilliant knock of 54 off 30 balls, which included seven fours and three sixes.
He was well supported by captain Heinrich Klaasen who remained unbeaten on 36 off just 21 balls with the help of four fours and one six.
Earlier, after winning the toss and opting to bat first, Pakistan produce a below-par performance as they managed to post just 140 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
Linde was the real destructor as he removed the Men-in-Green’s top-three, two of which inside the first three overs of the innings which was enough to dent the visiting team’s hopes of posting a competitive total.
Other than him, young Lizaad Williams also managed to claim three wickets but gave away 35 runs in his quota of four overs.
For Pakistan, captain Babar Azam struggled throughout the innings but still managed to score run-a-ball 50, which included five fours.
He was well-supported by Hafeez who scored 32 off 23 balls with the help of six fours.
Hope you enjoyed our coverage. We will join you again for the third fixture on Wedensday.
It was a rather one-sided affair where the home team proved too hot to handle for the visitors.
So that’s it. South Africa have registered a thumping win.
Our recent poll on Twitter suggest that more than 55 per cent of our respondents does not believe that Pakistan can defend this total.
OUT! Usman gets another one. Van Biljon departs after scoring just two.
SA 92-4 (10.2 overs)
OUT! Usman Qadir gets a big one of Markram who departs after scoring a brilliant 54.
SA 88-3 (9 overs)
SIX And that’s a half-century for Aiden Markram. Brilliant knock from him.
SA 86-2 (8.1 overs)
OUT! Hasan Ali gets a big one as dangerous Janeman Malan departs after scoring 15.
SA 44-1 (4.3 overs)
Another expensive over for the visitors. South Africa clearly on top.
SA 38-0 (4 overs)
We are back for the second session.
So we will now take a short break and will join you at the start of the second-half.
That was a below-par performance from the visitors against a very inexperienced bowling attack.
So that’s the end of the innings:
PAK 140-9 (20 overs)
OUT! Usman Qadir is being runout after a mixup.
PAK 139-9 (19.4 overs)
Well it seems like Pakistan are not getting anywhere close to these projected scores.
OUT! Another one for Williams. Nawaz departs after scoring just two.
PAK 128-8 (18.1 overs)
OUT! Magala gets a big one as set Babar departs after scoring run-a-ball 50.
PAK 128-7 (17.5 overs)
With that single, captain Babar Azam completed another half-century.
PAK 127-6 (17.3 overs)
OUT! After hitting back-to-back sixes, Hasan Ali departs as well.
PAK 124-6 (17 overs)
OUT! Young Williams got a big one of dangerous Faheem Ashraf.
PAK 111-5 (16.2 overs)
With just five overs to go:
PAK 102-4 (15 overs)
OUT! Another big one for South Africa as young Haider Ali departs after scoring 12 off nine balls
PAK 92-4 (12.5 overs)
OUT! Another one bites the dust. Linde has done it again. Big wicket for South Africa as dangerous Mohammad Hafeez departs.
PAK 68-3 (10.5 overs)
Despite a couple of boundaries, Pakistan end their powerplay at a disappointing score.
PAK 35-2 (6 overs)
A rather poor start of the innings for the Men-in-Green.
PAK 17-2 (4 overs)
OUT! Another big one for Linde as he removes dangerous Sharjeel Khan.
PAK 10-2 (2.5 overs)
OUT! What a start for the home team as in-form Mohammad Rizwan departs without scoring.
PAK 0-1 (0.1 over)
In a recently concluded poll on our Twitter page, more than 80 per cent of the respondents believe Pakistan will be able to go 2-0 up after securing another win today.
Here is the playing XI of South Africa.
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The #Proteas XI remains unchanged from Saturday’s #KFCT20 opener
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Pakistan have made two changes in the playing XI where Zaman and Haris Rauf makes way for Sharjeel Khan and Mohammad Hasnain.
Earlier, it was reported that star left-hander Fakhar Zaman has been ruled out of the fixture due to a leg injury.
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TOSS: Pakistan captain Babar Azam has won the toss and elected to bat first.
On the other hand, the home team will be coming to the contest eager to improve their performance compared to the first fixture.
The visitors are coming in the fixture high-on-confidence after securing a four-wicket win in the series opener.
Welcome to the live blog for the second T20I between Pakistan and South Africa.