Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

F du Plessis
58(48) 1x4 - 3x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 19 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
0 0 0 0 1 2 8 19
Sohaib Maqsood
37(26) 2x4 - 1x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 9 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 0 2 1 6 4

Best performances - Bowlers

WD Parnell
O4.0
M0
R25
W3
Eco6.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Saeed Ajmal
O4.0
M0
R25
W3
Eco6.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
20 | 3 Runs | PAK: 144/9

  • Mohammad Irfan2 (4b)
  • Saeed Ajmal7 (10b)
  • WD Parnell4-0-25-3
  • DW Steyn4-1-20-2

Well there you have it. South Africa hold on to the six-run victory and end the series 2-0. Pakistan now have to regroup, in a very short amount of time, and head over to South Africa for the return series, which is set to kick off from November 20. Hope you all enjoyed today's match and ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the match. Till then, its Rohan Sharma, on behalf of Venkat Raghav, bidding you a good night. Ta ta!

Faf du Plessis, South Africa captain and Man of the Match: It's a great achievement by the team. We played really well under pressure. We said we wanted to come here and 2-0 and we did that. There were times when Pakistan played really well and came back into the game. Our bowlers and fielders performed well. As a bowling unit we have certainly grown a lot over the last couple of months. Credit to them for the time and effort they have put into it. There is always room for improvement. We are not the finished article, but we are on our way. Nice to be back in SA and looking forward to another series against Pakistan. We will try to beat them again 2-0.

Official Man of the Series: Faf du Plessis
Official Man of the Match: is Faf du Plessis

Maximum boundaries award: Quinton de Kock (SA)
Outstanding performance award: Imran Tahir (SA)
Highest scorer award: Faf du Plessis (SA)
Player of the match: Quinton de Kock (catch that dismissed Sohaib Maqsood)
Best performer of series: Quinton de Kock (SA)
Best bowler of match: Wayne Parnell (SA)

Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan captain: I think this is the sequence of the series. Not finishing games very well. When we needed to play normal cricket, we didn't handle the pressure. Credit goes to SA for bowling in the right areas. Every time we thought we were there, we couldn't finish it. The middle and lower order are not doing the job that is required. Finishing is required in this team. Whatever the requirement of the team we have to do accordingly. There are some positives: Masqood, Shehzad and Nasir. Every individual has to lift themselves up for the team. I think Irfan is doubtful (for return series in SA) and I think he is struggling at the moment.

And that's that. South Africa just hold on to win this encounter by 6 runs to complete a series sweep, on the back of their 4-1 performance in the one-dayers before. Pakistan will feel disappointed at how they chased the total. For some time, it seemed as if they would stroll to the target as they took the required necessary risks, and ran between the wickets with intelligence. However, when it got closer to the crunch, as before, they were unable to hold their nerve, and succumbed under the pressure. South Africa now move to No. 2 on the T20I rankings, still behind Sri Lanka. This was one of the better opportunities for Pakistan to register a win, which they failed to do so. Maqsood was the standout performer with his 37. Stay tuned for the match presentation.

19.6
0
Parnell to Mohammad Irfan, no run, right on middle and leg and Irfan is unable to do the deed. Just plays this back towards mid-off, who intercepts the ball gleefully
19.5
1
Parnell to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, really low full toss heading towards outside off as Ajmal squirts this to the off side behind square. They run the single making the equation 7 off 1. Irfan needs a six or bust

8 from 2. Can Ajmal hit consecutive boundaries?

19.4
0
Parnell to Saeed Ajmal, no run, bang on middle as Ajmal tries in vain to get under this and make something of it

Azad.sust: "Now Ajmal have to do something."

19.3
1
Parnell to Mohammad Irfan, 1 run, in the blockhole once more as Irfan clears his front leg to try and hammer this over the long-off boundary, but doesn't get the ball as far as it lands somewhere in between. Still struggling to get to the other end
19.2
0
Parnell to Mohammad Irfan, no run, straight up in the blockhole and Irfan does well to keep it out. The nerves are very apparent across the crowd. 9 off 4. Dramatic stuff!
19.1
1
Parnell to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, back of a length on leg stump which Ajmal pulls to the leg side for one

So 10 required off the final over. Can they do it?

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

F du Plessis
58(48) 1x4 - 3x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 19 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
0 0 0 0 1 2 8 19
Sohaib Maqsood
37(26) 2x4 - 1x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 9 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 0 2 1 6 4

Best performances - Bowlers

WD Parnell
O4.0
M0
R25
W3
Eco6.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Saeed Ajmal
O4.0
M0
R25
W3
Eco6.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF