Dubai - The Proteas have outclassed Pakistan with a commanding nine wicket win in
the first Twenty20 international in Dubai on Wednesday to go 1-0 up in
the two-match series.
Dale Steyn took 3-15 in his four hostile
overs as Pakistan were restricted to 98-9 - their lowest Twenty20 total
against South Africa - after they won the toss and opted to bat.
The Proteas easily reached the target in 14.3 overs with opener Quinton de
Kock hitting a 38-ball 48 not out while skipper Faf du Plessis made an
unbeaten 37 knocking off the runs without being troubled by Pakistan's
The second and final Twenty20 will also be played in Dubai on Friday.
Kock hit three boundaries and two sixes off 38 balls while Du Plessis
hit four boundaries and a six off 40 deliveries as the Proteas made light work of their opponents.
Du Plessis was impressed with how his bowlers had set up the victory.
"It was a pretty good game and that's how you want to start the series by breaking their back initially.
"The wicket was quite dry and our bowlers have been putting their batsmen under pressure.
"I wasn't too surprised by their selection but seeing (Shahid) Afridi at three was a surprise against the new ball."
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez blamed poor batting.
personally feel that we couldn't set up the total we wanted to, the
early wickets did the damage and the South Africa bowlers really bowled
to their plans," said Hafeez who failed to score.
"Our batsmen are not taking the responsibility which individuals have to in a team and that's a concern."
Pakistan's batsmen once again failed to fire just as they did in the 4-1 one day international series defeat.
Akmal with a 41-ball 49 was the only batsman to put up any resistance
in an otherwise chaotic batting display in which four batsmen failed to
score after Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat.
Lonwabo Tsotsobe chipped in with two wickets for the cost of just nine
runs in his four tight overs, while Dale Steyn chipped in with two early
wickets as Pakistan were reeling at 4-3.
Umar added 29 for the
sixth wicket with Abdul Razzaq who made 10, before finally getting run
out. He hit four boundaries and a six.
Shoaib Malik made 12 while Shahid Afridi scored ten.
Paceman Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Imran Tahir took two wickets apiece.
Pakistan's previous lowest T20 total against South Africa was 119 which they made at Abu Dhabi in 2010.
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Abdul Razzaq, Abdur Rehman, Ahmed
Shehzad, Mohammad Irfan, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik,
Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal.
South Africa: Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Qunton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Jean-Paul Duminy, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
Umpires: Ahsan Raza (PAK) and Shozab Raza (PAK)
TV umpire: Zameer Haider (PAK)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)