Proteas secure T20 series whitewash

News

South Africa secured a two-nil T20 series whitewash over Pakistan in Dubai on Friday, winning the second match by six runs, restricting the hosts to 144 for nine as they failed to get the 10 required off the last over.

South Africa secured a two-nil T20 series whitewash over Pakistan in Dubai on Friday, winning the second match by six runs, restricting the hosts to 144 for nine as they failed to get the 10 required off the last over.

The Proteas posted 150 for five thanks to an unbeaten half century from skipper Faf du Plessis. The hosts then looked well on target, but wicket flurries set them back and Mohammad Irfan's injury made the final over a dull affair.

The Proteas won the first match convincingly, and chose to bat after winning the toss, looking to post a big score and let the bowlers do the rest. With the average score around 130, they would have felt confident of defending anything above that.

They started off well as openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla set a cracking pace early on. They reached 37 in the fifth over before the first wicket fell, with De Kock making 30 of those runs off just 19 balls.

Amla continued with Du Plessis and they put on 78 together over the next 10 overs. Amla played some majestic strokes, including three fours and two sixes, before he fell just two runs short of his fifty, caught by Shoaib Malik off Saeed Ajmal.

It was all up to Du Plessis after that, as both AB de Villiers and David Miller fell without reaching double figures. The skipper hit only one four in his 58, but smashed three huge sixes in his 48-ball knock.

Henry Davids, in the side for JP Duminy, was the final wicket to fall, off the last ball of the knock, for a duck, giving Sohail Tanvir two wickets.

Pakistan's chase didn't have any half tons, but they had enough middling efforts to put them well on target, with Sohaib Maqsood's 37 the top score. But Wayne Parnell and Imran Tahir both got two wickets in one over, breaking the rhythms.

Parnell removed Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez with consecutive deliveries, though the Pakistan skipper was unlucky with his LBW as it would have gone well over the top of the stumps.

Tahir then also got a double strike, putting him on a hat-trick for the first ball of his next match, which will be against Pakistan in SA next week. He removed Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq in the 15th over.

Injuries hampered Pakistan greatly in the end, as Irfan's hip injury, which saw him leave the field while bowling, ensured a tame defeat. Dale Steyn took two late wickets, leaving Pakistan needing 10 off the last over.

But Irfan couldn't run, requiring Ajmal to get the runs with big hits, and Parnell's death bowling did not permit that. They could only get three singles off the last over.

Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Henry Davids, AB de Villiers, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Wayne Parnell, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Imran Tahir

Latest