In Newlands in Cape Town on Friday (February 1st), South Africa defeated Pakistan by 6 runs in the very first T20 match. Pakistan’s team could only manage 186 runs in the last 20 overs losing 9 wickets. The last over was to score 16 runs for victory, but the hopes of Pakistan’s win also got bleak due to captain Shoaib Malik’s dismissal in this important over. Although Shadab Khan immediately made a chaufault and tied a few straps to the Pakistani fans but could not win the team. Pakistan’s highest run-getter, Shoaib Malik, was the only 49 runs captain. Apart from Shoaib, Fakhar Jaman (4), Babar Azam (38), Hussain Talat (40), Asif Ali (13), Imad Wasim (4), Fahd Ashraf (8), Mohammad Rizwan (2), Hasan Ali (11) and Shadab Khan made unbeaten (7).
Let us know that Pakistan won the toss and invited the hosts to bat first. South African team, batting first, scored 192 runs in the last 20 overs losing 6 wickets. South African opener Reese Hendrix’s brilliant 74 runs and captain Faf du Plessis were successful in giving a strong target to the Pakistani team, thanks to 78 runs. The bowlers of both the teams have not been able to show some extraordinary ability to stop the run of runs. Although Pakistani bowler Usman Shinawani was successful in taking 3 wickets in 4 overs, Hendrix, Morris and Shamsi took 2-2 wickets respectively from South Africa.
Let us know that due to the four-match ban on regular captain Sarfraz Ahmed, he will not be able to take part in the T-20 series against South Africa. Although former captain Wasim Akram criticized Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) decision to call back Sarfaraz Ahmed from South Africa, he said that he could play in the final T20. Instead of Sarfraz, the captaincy of the team has been handed over to Shoaib Malik. Malik had earlier captained Pakistan in the two ODIs for the one-day series.