JOHANNESBURG: Opener Mohammad Rizwan smashed an unbeaten fifty percent-century to guide Pakistan to a nail-biting four-wicket victory more than inexperienced South Africa in the first 2020 Intercontinental at The Wanderers on Saturday.
South Africa, who ended up without 7 of their major players, possibly wounded or unveiled to compete in the Indian Leading League, received the toss and elected to bat, posting 188 for six in their 20 overs on an fantastic wicket.
Rizwan scored 74 from 50 balls in Pakistan’s reply as the readers profited from the depleted residence bowling assault and reached their target with one particular ball remaining.
It is their best thriving run chase in T20 cricket, beating the 187 they managed in a earn over Australia in 2018.
The industrious Rizwan was served in excess of the line by Faheem Ashraf (30 from 14 balls) as the pair additional 48 in 24 balls for the sixth wicket, turning the match firmly in the visitors’ favour.
South Africa’s complete was boosted by half-hundreds of years for opener Aiden Markram (51 from 32 balls) and stand-in captain Heinrich Klaasen (50 from 28 balls), but at 1 phase they seemed as even though they would cruise past 200.
Left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz (2-21) and seamer Hasan Ali (2-28) ensured they did not with 8 fantastic overs concerning them.
The home side handed debuts to batsman Wihan Lubbe, all-rounder Sisanda Magala and seamer Lizaad Williams.
The 2nd match in the four-sport sequence will be played at the exact location on Monday.