Dwaine Pretorius, Reeza Hendricks shine as South Africa level the T20I series

Medium-pacer Dwaine Pretorius produced a magical maiden five-wicket haul followed by excellent contributions from Reeza Hendricks and Pite Van Biljon saw South Africa registered a comfortable six-wicket win in the second game of the T20I series played at Lahore. With this result, South Africa managed to level the three-match T20I series against Pakistan.

For South Africa, it was a clinical performance in the three departments. The defeat means the first series loss for Pakistan against South Africa in this home series across various formats.

Chasing 145 runs to win, Janneman Malan perished for a low score as pacer Shaheen Afridi provided early breakthrough for South Africa. Playing his first game of the series, JJ Smuts was dismissed by Shaheen Afridi to see South Africa placed in a precarious situation at 21 for 33 after 2.2 overs.

Opener Reeza Hendricks continued his good form in this game as well and added 77 runs with Pite van Biljon to rebuild the innings for South Africa. Pite van Biljon looked busy against the spinner and scored 42 off 32 balls with the help of three boundaries and two sixes.

Left-arm orthodox Mohammad Nawaz dismissed van Biljon to see South Africa lose their third wicket in the 11th over of the innings. David Miller came to the crease and produced unbeaten partnership of 40 runs to see South Africa complete a comfortable win.

Miller scored unbeaten 25 runs off just 19 balls with the help of two fours and one six. He was well supported by Skipper Heinrich Klaasen, who chipped in with 17 runs off just nine balls with the help of three boundaries.

For Pakistan, pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi produced an excellent performance with the ball. He conceded just 18 runs and claimed two wickets in his three overs.

Earlier in the day, South Africa Skipper Heinrich Klaasen won the toss and elected to bowl first. Medium-pacer Dwaine Pretorius trapped Babar Azam right in front of the stumps to provide breakthrough for South Africa. Haider Ali and Hussain Talat perished for low scores to see Pakistan struggling at 48 for 3 after 6.2 overs.

Wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan continued his excellent form with the bat and added 45 runs with Iftikhar Ahmed to rebuild the innings for Pakistan.

For Pakistan, Mohammad Rizwan smashed yet another crucial half-century with the help of six fours and one six. He was well supported by Iftikhar Ahmed, who chipped in with 20 runs off 21 balls.

Dwaine Pretorius came into the attack for his second spell and dismissed Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed in quick succession to see Pakistan placed at 97 for 5 after 15.4 overs.

All-rounder Faheem Ashraf produced a late blitz with the bat to help Pakistan post 144 runs in their allotted 20 overs. Left-hander scored 30 not out off just 12 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes. He was well supported by Khushdil Shah, who chipped in with 15 runs off 18 balls with the help of two fours.

For South Africa, medium pacer Dwaine Pretorius was the standout bowler on display and registered best bowling figures of 5 for 17 in his four overs. He became the fifth bowler for South Africa to take five wickets in a T20 match. Left-arm chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi bowled well and claimed 1 for 16 in his four overs.

Debutant Glenton Stuurman and Andile Phehlukwayo were expensive and leaked a lot of runs in this game.Dwa

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