Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan smashed a maiden T20 century with seven sixes as Pakistan beat South Africa by three runs within the first Twenty20 worldwide on Thursday.
Rizwan’s unbeaten 104 off 64 balls anchored the house crew to 169-6 after Heinrich Klaasen gained the toss and elected to area. Within the course of, Rizwan grew to become solely the second Pakistani to attain 100 in all three codecs.
An inexperienced South Africa, with out its frontline T20 regulars together with skipper Quinton de Kock, put up a tough struggle with Reeza Hendricks making 54 and Janneman Malan making 44 off 29 balls earlier than being restricted at 166-6.
“Credit score goes to the spinners, particularly Usman Qadir, who picked up two fast wickets,” Pakistan skipper Babar Azam stated.
Qadir (2-21) picked up each his wickets in his first two overs, together with Malan getting bowled off a googly, and Rizwan ran out Hendricks within the 18th over to make issues tough for the decrease order.
Needing 19 off the final over, Bjorn Fortuin (17 not out) and Dwaine Pretorius (15 not out) introduced down the goal to six off the final ball however Faheem Ashraf conceded simply two runs to offer Pakistan a 1-Zero lead within the three-match sequence.
“I’m just a little bit dissatisfied,” Klaasen stated. “The dearth of batting depth for 4 overs there within the center price us just a little bit. The depth must elevate there within the center (overs) and we’ll see if we are able to get it proper within the second recreation.”
Earlier, Rizwan carried his check type into the shortest format and dominated each tempo and leftarm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi. Rizwan scored a century at Rawalpindi final Sunday as Pakistan beat South Africa by 95 runs to clinch the sequence 2-Zero.
He continued his chic type regardless of Pakistan having an early setback when Babar was splendidly run out by leftarm spinner Fortuin within the first over.
Fortuin ran rapidly to his proper off his comply with via and threw the ball from his proper hand to the non-striker’s finish to go away the Pakistan captain effectively in need of his crease.
However Rizwan dominated together with his pull pictures, drives and sweeps. He raised his half century off 35 balls when he hit seamer Junior Dala for 3 sixes in an over.
Rizwan was twice let off the hook within the final two overs. Dala couldn’t maintain on to an opportunity within the deep supplied by Rizwan on 89 and Jacques Snyman, enjoying his first Twenty20 worldwide, dropped the batsman on 96.
Rizwan, who additionally hit six fours, lofted Andile Phehlukwayo (2-33) for his seventh six over midwicket to finish the hundred within the final over.
The seven sixes was additionally a Pakistan document in a Twenty20 worldwide, surpassing Mohammad Hafeez and Shehzad’s six sixes in an innings.
Malan supplied a brisk begin by smashing quick bowler Haris Rauf for 4 boundaries in an over, however Pakistan struck via Qadir and Rauf returned to select up 2-44.
The second and third video games might be performed on the similar venue over the weekend.