Johannesburg, 12 April 2021: South Africa beat Pakistan by six wickets to level the four-match T20I series 1-1 at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Monday.
After opting to bat first, Pakistan managed to score 140 for nine in their allotted 20 overs. Babar Azam top-scored with run-a-ball 50, hitting five fours. Mohammad Hafeez contributed 32 off 23, he struck six boundaries. The pair knitted 58 runs for the third wicket.
For South Africa, George Linde and Lizaad Williams picked three wickets apiece. Linde with his left-arm spin accounted for Mohammad Rizwan (naught), Hafeez and Sharjeel Khan (eight off 12, one six).
The hosts chased down the target in the 14th over for the loss of four wickets. Aiden Markram top-scored with a 30-ball 54, smashing seven fours and three sixes. Wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen returned undefeated on 36 off 21 balls. His innings included four fours and a six.
For the visitors, Usman Qadir was the most successful bowler with two wickets for 26 runs in three overs.
Both sides will feature in the third T20I at the SuperSport Park on 14 April.
Scores in brief
Pakistan 140-9, 20 overs (Babar Azam 50, Mohammad Hafeez 32; George Linde 3-23, Lizaad Williams 3-35)
South Africa 141-4, 14 overs (Aiden Markram 54, Heinrich Klaasen 36 not out; Usman Qadir 2-26)
Result South Africa beat Pakistan by six wickets