Shadab Khan shines as Pakistan earn consolation win over South Africa

Pakistan managed to earn a consolation victory in the third and final T20I game of the series played against South Africa at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday. Chasing 169 runs to win, Imad Wasim and Shaheen Afridi made early inroads with the new-ball to put pressure back on South Africa.

Mohammad Amir replaced Usman Khan Shinwari for the final game of the T20I series. He immediately picked up a crucial wicket of Heinrich Klaasen to see South Africa in all sorts of trouble at 30 for 3 after 7.1 overs.

Captain David Miller also got off to decent start but was dismissed by Shadab Khan to see South Africa lose the plot in the chase. He also picked up Andile Phehlukwayo to see South Africa placed at 80 for 6 after 13 overs.

For South Africa, Rassie van der Dussen played well and scored 41 off 35 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes. He failed to get the support of other players in the batting department. Chris Morris also scored 55 runs off 29 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes but it wasn’t enough as South Africa could only score 141 for 9 from their 20 overs.

For Pakistan, Pace bowler Mohammad Amir was standout bowler for the side with three wickets to his name. Leg-spinner Shadab Khan and medium-pacer also chipped in with crucial wickets for the side.

Shadab Khan produced a fantastic performance with bat and ball to help Pakistan end the tour with a consolation victory over South Africa in the third T20I game played on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, South Africa won the toss and opted to bowl first. Babar Azam and Fakhar Azam got the side off to decent start. Mohammad Rizwan and Asif Ali also played well and scored crucial runs to see Pakistan push their second beyond 150 runs.

Shadab Khan produced a brisk cameo at the end and scored unbeaten 20 runs off just 8 balls with the help of three sixes. Shadab’s late surge helped Pakistan post 168 for 9 in their 20 overs.

For South Africa, Left-arm pacer Beuran Hendricks picked up four wickets and conceded fourteen runs from his four-over spell. Chris Morris also bowled well and picked up two wickets in this game. Junior Dala, Lutho Sipamla and Andile Phehlukwayo leaked a lot of runs and conceded more than ten runs an over.

Leg-spinner Shadab Khan was named man of the match for his all-round show with bat and ball in this game.

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