Captain David Miller led South Africa to a dramatic seven-run victory over Pakistan in Johannesburg as the hosts took an unassailable 2-0 lead in their T20 series.
Miller, leading the team in the absence of the rested Faf du Plessis, blasted an unbeaten 65 off just 29 balls, including five sixes and four fours, as his side posted 188 for three from their 20 overs having been put in by the tourists.
Pakistan’s reply got off to an impressive start, reaching 147 from 16 overs for just the loss of opener Fakhar Zaman.
However, the departure of Babar Azam, who hit 13 fours and a six in his 58-ball knock of 90, sparked something of a collapse with Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Imad Wasim, Shoaib Malik and Hasan Ali all following in short order as they lost six wickets for just 34 runs inside the final 24 balls to slump to 181 for seven.
Babar hit 11 boundaries of the highest order in an unbeaten stay of exactly 100 balls.
Mark Wood finished the job.
Pakistan made a solid start after deciding to bat first.
Pakistan elected to bat under grey skies at Old Trafford.
The England and Yorkshire fast bowler saw his career cut slightly short by injury problems.
Nagging uncertainty over Stokes’ recent quad injury means England will not know how to balance their side until the eleventh hour.
Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie both hit centuries in the shock victory.