Fortune does not favour Hafeez

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Captain Mohammad Hafeez was left to rue a slew of inclement weather across Johannesburg on Wednesday, as Pakistan slipped to a four-run defeat to South Africa in the first Twenty20 International.

Captain Mohammad Hafeez was left to rue a slew of inclement weather across Johannesburg on Wednesday, as Pakistan slipped to a four-run defeat to South Africa in the first Twenty20 International.

Rain delayed the start of play, and threatened to return throughout, eventually having the final say in a fixture that had promised a tight contest.

The Proteas moved to a fine total of 153 for seven on the back of wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock's brisk 43 and an enterprising 31 from Hashim Amla.

Pakistan, later, reached 60 for two in 9.1 overs before the showers concluded proceedings, as the Duckworth-Lewis system afforded the Proteas an early lead in the two-match series.

"Well I think it was unfortunate. But these things are not under our control. But the boys bowled well and restricted them to 153. However, the luck is not with the Pakistan team," said Hafeez.

While the hosts rested vice-captain AB de Villiers and returned fast bowler Morne Morkel and batsman JP Duminy to the XI, the visitors lamented a string of absentees.

Former skipper Shoaib Malik, fast bowler Mohammad Irfan and all-rounder Shoaib Malik have been sidelined by respective hip, finger and hamstring injuries.

"As I said, it was a 160 to 170 kind of pitch but the bowlers bowled well. We are short on experience as Malik, Irfan and Razzak had to fly back home with injuries," concluded Hafeez.

The second and final T20I will get underway at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday. Three ODIs will follow, the first of which will be hosted by the same venue on Sunday.

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