SA vs Pak 1st T20I: Mohammad Rizwan, Faheem Ashraf script Pakistan’s record chase to clinch thriller

Mohammad Rizwan continued his wealthy kind towards South Africa as he smashed yet one more half-century to assist Pakistan script their highest-ever T20I run-chase because the guests take a 1-0 lead of their four-match collection with a four-wicket win in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The right-hander crafted an unbeaten 74 off 50 balls (9 fours, 2 sixes) to assist the vacationers chase down a testing 189-run goal with one supply to spare.

Stand-in captain Heinrich Klaasen and Aiden Markram had earlier struck half-centuries in a robust batting show by South Africa – the previous hanging an aggressive 50 off 28 balls (2 fours, 4 sixes) and the latter a barely slower 51 off 32 balls (8 fours, 1 six).

Beuran Hendricks then grabbed three for 32 and Tabraiz Shamsi two for 29 to put the house facet on the entrance foot through the chase, however damaging late hitting by Faheem Ashraf (30 off 14 balls) coupled with some sloppy fielding helped the guests recover from the road.

They now have the benefit within the collection forward of the second match on Monday.

The Asian facet, who additionally gained the ODIs 2-1, once more performed sensible cricket to recover from the road, with Rizwan on the forefront. He now has a century, two half-centuries, and a 42 from his final 4 innings towards the Proteas.

Before that, nonetheless, it was the inexperienced dwelling facet that shone on the Imperial Wanderers Stadium.

Coach Mark Boucher handed debuts to three gamers – Lizaad Williams, Sisanda Magala and Wihan Lubbe – however it was Markram and Janneman Malan who initially shone.

Malan hit 24 upfront, however shortly fell adopted by Lubbe (4). Markram and Klaasen then added 62 for the third wicket, earlier than Pite van Biljon (24) continued the upward trajectory for the hosts.

Andile Phehlukwayo and Magala (each 9) added some late runs to set the Pakistanis a tricky goal.

Rizwan and the in-form Fakhar Zaman (27) then fired upfront, earlier than Shamsi and Hendricks pegged again the guests with some well timed strikes that left them struggling on 132 for 5 within the sixteenth over.

But Faheem offered some crucial boundaries to take Pakistan shut, with Rizwan then taking them over the road.

Brief Scores: South Africa 188/6 (Aiden Markram 51, Heinrich Klaasen 50; Mohammad Nawaz 2-21); Pakistan 189/6 (Mohammad Rizwan 74*, Faheem Ashraf 30; Beuran Hendricks 3-32)

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