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Batsman JP Duminy has insisted South Africa will commit to a decidedly stronger showing, when the second and final Twenty20 International gets underway at Newlands on Friday.

Batsman JP Duminy has insisted South Africa will commit to a decidedly stronger showing, when the second and final Twenty20 International gets underway at Newlands on Friday.

The Proteas won the opening T20I at the Wanderers in Johannesburg earlier this week, but didn't meet the high standards world cricket has come to expect.

A large total was on the cards, after openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock shared a brisk 72-run alliance.

However, the final tally amounted to a mere 153 for seven in the wake of a substantial collapse. Pakistan's reply promised plenty, but was ultimately scuppered by inclement weather.

"We will be the first to admit that it was a below-par performance from us all round. We started off really well with the bat, it was a good foundation that we set up, but we lost our way in the middle and towards the end," said Duminy.

"It was still a competitive total, but not what we would want in Johannesburg, a par score there is probably around 180 on a good wicket. We got away with murder, especially with the rain coming in, but we'll take it."

The left-handed batsman, who missed the bulk of last season due to an Achilles heel injury sustained during the tour of Australia in November, is eager to impress in front of his home crowd in Cape Town, which will also host Sunday's first ODI against the same opposition.

"It's always a pleasure to play here, whether it's for the Cobras or South Africa. I guess there is always a bigger hype around it when you are representing your country. It's been a while since I have played a home series for South Africa at Newlands because of the injury so I'm really looking forward to it," he concluded.

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