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Hendricks picked up four wickets.

Consolation win

They needed this badly. This is just their third win on the tour. They could have won the previous two games as well if not for choking in the end. But they will take this nevertheless. Their batting order was shaky but the bowlers put their hands up to pull off a win and end the tour on a happy note.

3 for Amir

Dala has been pinching singles to give Morris the strike but with the boundaries anyway not coming, he tries to take on the left-arm seamer. Another miscue, another catch, another dismissal.

Tough task

SA need 53 from 18 balls. Morris will be on strike but he needs plenty of big hits. Pakistan will fancy themselves.

Peach

The man has made a successful return to the side. He has bowled an inch perfect yorker to Hendricks to hit the off stump. SA are 107/7 in the 16th over.

Big over!

Ashraf has been hammered. Morris carts him all over the park to fetch 21 runs and South Africa still have some hope left. But Morris has to do the bulk of the damage. The hosts still need 68 from 36 balls.

Plumb

A review out of desperation you have to say. Phehlukwayo attempts a reverse sweep and the intelligent Shadab bowls a seam up delivery to trap the batsman plumb in front. Phelukwayo asks for a review immediately but that was more in hope than anything else. He departs now and South Africa are in tatters at 80/6.

Faheem's turn

Rassie struggled initially but redeemed himself with a few boundaries but now Pakistan have managed to get rid him of as well. Faheem Ashraf is into the bowling attack and Faheem Ashraf has opened his wickets column. It was a low full toss by the bowler but van der Dussen just couldn't get the middle of the bat. 37-year-old Malik takes a nice catching diving forward at mid on. South Africa are 73/5 after 12 overs.

Massive wicket

Miller was slightly struggling with his back and he knew he had to play the big shots. Shadab bowls it quite full and Miller gets a top edge in his attempt to swat it outside the ground. Shadab takes the catch himself. Phehlukwayo is out in the middle. You have to say that Pakistan are the favourites here.

What an introduction!

Mohammad Amir comes into the attack, bowls a short-pitched delivery to Klaasen and the wicketkeeper-batsman miscues the pull. The top edge is pouched by the man at mid off. South Africa are in tatters. David Miller is in. He is the key.

Powerplay to Pakistan

The visitors have been on top so far. They have conceded just 24 runs in the powerplay and have lost the openers too. Van der Dussen got hit on the helmet but is continuing now. He needs to fire now and so does Klaasen who has consumed seven deliveries for just one run.

Imad strikes

Malan's struggles against Imad continues. The left-arm spinner is immaculate in general with the new ball and this one skids on to shatter the stumps. South Africa lose openers early. We have a game on!

Early strike

Just what Pakistan needed! Shaheen strikes with the new ball. Hendricks was through with his shot early and the ball manages to pop back to the bowler. RVD is out in the middle very early.

Top finish

Phehlukwayo gets hammered for three sixes in the final over by Shadab and just like that, Pakistan end up posting a total close to 170. That's quite competitive indeed even though the surface doesn't have anything in it. South Africa need 169 for a whitewash.

Wickets keep tumbling

After Imad's dismissal, Pakistan have now lost Asif Ali and Faheem Ashraf as well. Pakistan are now 145/8 now and they have 11 more deliveries to add to the total.

Big wicket

Hendricks takes revenge on Morris's behalf. Imad wants his fourth boundary of the night but failes to connect this slower delivery from the left-arm pacer. The stumps are shattered.

Imad the key

Asif and Wasim have struck a couple of boundaries and they are the key now for a big finish. Imad is fired up after squaring up with Morris and if he can bat through in these final five overs, Pakistan can post 170.

Pakistan in trouble

And now it's the turn of Talat to walk back. After all that deliberation, Talat doesn't take a long time to send himself back to the pavilion anyway. This was bowled into the body by Phehlukwayo but Talat gets an outside edge while trying to make room and smash the ball. Not a smart choice one must say.

A run out now

Wow, that took ages to decide. There was plenty of confusion between Malik and Talat for a single and both batsmen are stranded in the middle when the bails are taken off. But it wasn't clear which batsman should be sent back to the pavilion. After plenty of deliberation, the Pakistan skipper was asked to go back.

Sipamla strikes

That's his first wicket in international cricket. No wonder he is ecstatic. The nice little partnership comes to an end as Rizwan sees width and goes after it, only to find the fielder at sweeper cover. Talat joins his skipper.

Update - 10 overs - 83/2

Malik and Rizwan have been pretty steady until now. They have kept the scorecard ticking and now it's time to press on the accelerator. Won't be surprised if Rizwan starts to open up.

Fakhar departs

Zaman isn't having a great time. He takes on Hendricks in the final over of the powerplay but miscues it horribly. Shamsi at third man is called into action and he takes the skier after a mini wobble. Good diving catch that. Pakistan have lost both their openers in the powerplay. Skipper Malik has come out to join Rizwan.

He is gone!!!

Look at the delight in Malan's face. Babar doesn't move his feet and slaps this on the off side but Malan judges it perfectly and takes a pretty good catch. South Africa are pumped. They got the big fish. Rizwan is the new man in.

4, 4, 0, 4, 4, 1

He is continuing from where he left in the second T20I. Pakistan score only one run in the opening over but Babar Azam cracks four fours off Junior Dala's opening over. All four were amazing shots. South Africa need to get rid of him.

Toss - SA opt to bowl

The hosts want to chase down a total having batted first in the first two matches. They are also unchanged for this dead rubber. Pakistan on the other hand have two changes but Hafeez hasn't been drafted in. Mohammad Amir and Faheem Ashraf have replaced Hasan Ali and Usman Shinwari.

Teams:

Pakistan (Playing XI): Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Shoaib Malik(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir

South Africa (Playing XI): Reeza Hendricks, Janneman Malan, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller(c), Heinrich Klaasen(w), Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi

Build up

It's been a long tour. Three Tests, five ODIs and two T20Is have been played. And having lost eight of those matches, it's safe to say that Pakistan are already looking forward to return home. They have had a bad time. Apart from the ODI series where they stretched the hosts, it's been an overseas tour that they would like to forget. They could have won both the T20Is though especially the second one, if not for the batting unit to suffer another familiar collapse.

Babar Azam had a great outing playing some eye-catching strokes in his 90 in the second game but middle order failed to make use of it. That middle order could be boosted by the return of Mohammad Hafeez tonight but we will have to wait and see. For South Africa, it's been a great ride. Despite resting some top players, they have managed to seal the series and would love to round off with another win. They had already fielded a couple of debutants so it will be interesting to see what more changes they will be ringing in for this dead rubber. Welcome to the live blog for this final T20I in Centurion. Hopefully, this one's a cracker.

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