Hafeez impressed with Pakistan's spirit

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Pakistan T20 captain Mohammad Hafeez was delighted with his side's fighting spirit against South Africa, after they won the second T20 in Cape Town to draw the series, after a run of losses against the Proteas.

Pakistan T20 captain Mohammad Hafeez was delighted with his side's fighting spirit against South Africa, after they won the second T20 in Cape Town to draw the series, after a run of losses against the Proteas.

Pakistan won by six runs after half centuries from Hafeez and Umar Akmal gave them a big enough total to defend, making 176 for four. The hosts started the chase well, but ran out of steam, reaching 170 for four in their 20 overs.

Hafeez was thrilled with the result from a mental standpoint, saying it set them up nicely for the ODI series, starting on 24 November, also in Cape Town. The most recent ODI series between the sides, in the UAE earlier this month, saw SA win four-one.

A delighted Hafeez said after the match at Newlands: "First of all I would like to say that it was a good team effort, we have been working very hard.

"There were some unlucky things and some games where we were just not crossing the line but I still believe that the positive attitude made the difference and everyone was trying hard to break the shackles.

"Today was good for us because we won and we wanted that feeling to come back into the team and the dressing room and that will really boost us for the ODI's,.

"We have been trying hard but sometimes it was just not working. I mean the last game in the UAE, we should have won that but South Africa bowled really well and we played some bad shots so we lost the game.

"In the last game too it was frustrating with the way we lost because it was only a couple of runs in a rain game and we can't stop these things."

Hafeez acknowledged that his opening bowlers were not up to par initially, going for 63 runs in the first five overs of the SA chase. Junaid Khan went for 29 runs in two overs, but Sohail Tanvir recovered well at the death to ensure a win.

Hafeez added: "With the new ball they didn't bowl well, they didn't use the conditions well but at the same time I think that Quinton and Hashim Amla played really well, but that is something that we really have to work on.

"But sometimes in a T20 you work hard but things don't work for you but still I believe they have a good potential. Junaid Khan and Sohail Tanveer always do well and the last over that Tanvir bowled shows that he has confidence, enough to perform in any conditions."

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