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What a match this has turned out to be! Pakistan's winning streak ends on 9 matches. South Africa win a rare T20I at Newlands. 192 was never going to be a comfortable total for South Africa to defend, and Pakistan ensured the hosts weren't sitting secured till the last ball of the match. Shoaib Malik played a fine role but David Miller's excellence on the field eventually made the difference. 4 catches and 2 superb run outs in the field as South Africa won by 6 runs.
16 needed off the last over.
David Miller is in a killer form on the field. He didn't contribute much with the bat today but he has already effected two runs out and took a catch in the deep. All top stuff.
While Shoaib Malik is keeping Pakistan in the chase, he is running out of partners. Faheem Ashraf becomes South Africa's latest scalp.
Asif Ali and Imad Wasim don't last too long. In a bid to go for the big shots, they are dismissed. Pakistan's chase is going off track here.
Tabraiz Shamsi strikes! The wicket was coming. Hussain Talat, in his bid to clear the fence, holes out to the fielder at long on. The second wicket stand ends on 42.
Andile Phehlukwayo and Tabraiz Shamsi have pulled the run rate back, conceding only 19 runs from three overs. The settled duo is struggling to put the balls away. Yet again, it is the lack of pace which is proving to be the undoing of the batsmen.
Babar Azam and Hussain Talat's attacking pair has already cashed in 50 runs for the second wicket. At 54 for 1, with three more balls remaining in the powerplay, they are ahead of South Africa at the moment.
SOUTH AFRICA STRIKE EARLY! Fakhar Zaman pokes at a short and wide delivery outside off, gets a thick edge and is caught at slips.
South Africa failed to capitalise on a good platform laid by Faf du Plessis and Reeza Hendricks. When the duo was batting 220 seemed like a gettable total. However, a flurry of wickets in the death overs has restricted them to 192 for 6. Only 35 runs were scored in the last five overs for the loss of 5 wickets. Even as it's a good total, on a pitch where the ball is coming on easily, it is chaseable.
Chris Morris departs. Looking for a big hit, he holes out in the deep. South Africa's innings is getting slightly derailed. They are losing quick wickets and not able to accelerate as well as they would've liked.
Shinwari gets another, and this time, it is the big wicket of Reeza Hendricks. But take no credit away from Shadab Khan who takes a superb catch running in and diving forward. Fourth wicket down for South Africa as they aim to go past the 200-run mark.
Sheiwari has got another. Rassie van der Dussen falls for a duck as the left-armer bags his second wicket of the over. South Africa have lost their third wicket but they still have a set Reeza Hendricks in the middle.
WICKET! Life after DRS doesn't last long as Faf du Plessis hits the next delivery straight to the mid off fielder. A fine innings comes to an end on 78.
Pakistan have tried very hard and now they are going for a DRS, with the skipper convinced that Faf du Plessis is not out. His conviction comes true.
Reeza Hendricks may have played the secondary role in the second wicket stand with his skipper but he too has brought up his fifty in quick time - 31 balls.
Faf du Plessis and Reeza Hendricks have brought up their century stand, and we are only in the 13th over of the innings. Their attacking approach has put Pakistan off guard. They need to dismantle the duo at the earliest.
Back to back swings through the cow corner gets Faf du Plessis a six and a boundary to bring up his half-century off only 29 balls. His innovative game play and constant attack mode hasn't allowed Pakistan to figure out plans against him.
INJURY NEWS: Quinton de Kock has been ruled out of the series against Pakistan after sustaining an injury to his left groin while fielding during the fifth ODI. He has been replaced by Janeman Malan.
Faf du Plessis has unsuccessfully tried to play the ramp shots a few time. While the first time he ended up getting himself yorked, the second time, he improvised to hit it over the third man region for a six. He followed up with the same shot the next delivery only to miss it completely. Some entertaining batting this!
South Africa adopted quite an aggressive approach in the powerplay, willing to play the risky shots. They have managed to eke out 48 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. Decent enough?
South Africa's record in Newlands isn't great. Will they be able to beat the odds today against an in form Pakistan side that is on a 9-match winning streak?
FIRST STRIKE FOR PAKISTAN! South Africa were going well, stroking at least one boundary each in the first three overs but Gihahn Cloete's stay is cut short. Looking to play on the up, he gives Fakhar Zaman a catch at cover point.
SPIN FROM BOTH ENDS. Imad Wasim comes on to bowl from the other end. And he doesn't get any better treatment.
QUICK START FOR SOUTH AFRICA: Shoaib Malik has come out to open the bowling for Pakistan, and Reeza Hendricks has taken little time to dispatch him out of the ground.
Pakistan have won the toss and elected to field
South Africa (Playing XI): Reeza Hendricks, Gihahn Cloete(w), Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Beuran Hendricks, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi
Pakistan (Playing XI): Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Hussain Talat, Mohammad Rizwan(w), Shoaib Malik(c), Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Usman Shinwari
Hello and welcome to the first T20 International between South Africa and Pakistan. Even as the format changes, a lot of attention will be on fixing the holes in their respective ODI setups. Pakistan will be without Mohammad Hafeez, who has been ruled out of the clash due to a hamstring niggle.
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