Dwaine Pretorius produced one of the best Twenty20 Worldwide figures by a South African to assist his group draw degree at 1-1 with Pakistan, due to a superb six-wicket win within the second match on the Gaddafi Stadium right here on Saturday.
The all-rounder claimed 5 for 17 in 4 overs because the vacationers restricted the hosts to simply 144 for seven wickets after successful the toss and bowling.
Reeza Hendricks and Pite van Biljon then struck 42 apiece — the guests comfortably chasing down the goal with 22 deliveries to spare. It signifies that three-match sequence might be determined when the ultimate sport of the tour is performed on the similar venue on Sunday.
However match two was all about Pretorius. Enjoying in his 13th T20I, the 31-year-old participant was in stellar kind as he smashed his earlier greatest worldwide figures of 1 for 12 and beat Ryan McLaren’s report of 5 for 19 in opposition to West Indies at North Sound in 2010.
Pretorius was excellent from the outset together with his tight traces and size asking some actual questions of the house aspect. His first wicket got here within the second over when he acquired one to nip again and lure Pakistan captain Babar Azam leg earlier than wicket for 5.
Mohammad Rizwan was the one man that was making many of the runs on the different finish, the match one centurion including a robust 51 (41 balls, 6 fours, 1 six) to his tally.
As soon as he fell to a Pretorius slower ball, Iftikhar Ahmed (20) and Faheem Ashraf (30 not out off 12 balls) helped their aspect to a decent, albeit modest whole.
Janneman Malan (four) and Jon-Jon Smuts (7) did fall early within the Proteas’ chase to present the house aspect hope.
However Hendricks clubbed three sixes and three fours in his 30-ball salvo and van Biljon crashed three sixes and two fours in his innings that lasted 32 balls to knock the spirit out of Pakistan.
It was additionally the best rating by the latter in his sixth T20I, though each fell with 40 nonetheless to get.
David Miller (25 not out off 19 balls) and skipper Heinrich Klaasen (17 not out off 9 balls) then completed the job to present the South Africans their first win of the tour.
Pakistan: 144 for 7 wkts in 20 overs (Mohammed Rizwan 51, Faheem Ashraf 30, Dwaine Pretorius 5/17) misplaced to South Africa: 145 for five wkts in 16.2 overs (Reeza Hendricks 42, Reeza Hendricks 42, Shaheen Afridi 2/18) by 6 wkts