Pakistan in South Africa T20I Series - 1st T20I

South Africa v Pakistan

South Africa won by 4 runs (D/L method)

Game time. Hashim Amla and Quentin de Kock to open for South Africa. Anwar Ali with the new ball for Pakistan, bowling from over the wicket with two slips.

Toss, 6.10 pm It's finally happening! No reduction in overs. Mohammad Hafeez calls heads after Faf du Plessis tosses it. Heads it is. Pakistan are bowling first. The have only 13 players to choose from, because Malik and Razzaq returned home with injuries. Bilawal Bhatti is making his debut.

Faf du Plessis says the pitch is greener than usual. South Africa are resting AB de Villiers; Morne Morkel is returning. Ryan McLaren is not playing; JP Duminy is.

The game will begin at 6.25 pm. No overs have been lost yet.

James: "Will be interested to see how Maqsood goes here. Pitch conditions are a bit different from what he's used to. Junaid Khan should enjoy bowling."

Here's a stat from Mazher Arshad: "The average first-innings total in Johannesburg in T20Is is 167, which is highest for any venue. Next is Pallekele (162) and then Bridgetown (155). [Minimum: 10 matches]"

5.55 pm Ateeq: "Can somebody describe in simple language (no unwanted sentences) about the status of weather & match." It's not raining at the moment. The super-sopper is doing its super-sopping, and all the covers are being removed. The sky is partly clear, partly cloudy.

Umer Abdullah: "Just wondering, in cases like this wouldn't it be best to already get the toss done? The batting team can have its openers padded up, and the opening bowlers can start their warm ups. That way when the covers are removed, the match can begin immediately." The toss can happen only after the umpires have declared the conditions fit for play.

Firdose Moonda, who's at the Wanderers, thinks we'll have a toss soonish.

5.35 pm "Sun is shining, the weather is sweet (well not really), make you want to move your dancing feet ..." That's Bob, not me or Firdose, who tells me that the rain has stopped and the covers are beginning to come off the ground.

Have you read our preview for this game?

The South African players are out on the field. A good sign. Pakistan are also on the field. A better sign. A big cover is still on the field but the sun's out at the moment.

Junaid: "Wow, these weather updates sure are fast and fluctuating - I hope that's a sign of how this match might turn out (if it starts)"

5.25 pm And the rain has stopped. For now. I'm inundated with emails asking me when the match will start. I don't have an answer to that at the moment.

Pawan: "Looking at the weather forecast seems the match is going to be adandoned without a ball being bowled. Same like yesterday's match between SL vs NZ."

Justin Barnard: "This is Jo'burg, its pouring down now, should be done in 1 hour, max."

The toss, which was supposed to happen at 5.30 pm, has been delayed. The covers are still on and there's a drizzle as well, but it's so light that you really have to want to see it, to see it.

Tiaan: "Just spoke with my mate in Joburg. He says the entire area is heavy with rain. Here in Pretoria, an hour away, it's clear skies and a blistering hot sun." Too bad this game isn't at Centurion.

5.15 pm Good evening and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball coverage of a series that did not exist a couple of weeks ago. After South Africa drew the Tests and won both versions of the limited-overs series against Pakistan in the UAE, they have invited them to South Africa for more limited-overs fun. This tour, born to fill the gap in CSA's calender because the BCCI threw a hissy fit, begins with a Twenty20 international at the Wanderers.

Except that it's been raining in Johannesburg. Firdose Moonda, who's barely recovered from part one in the UAE, is there for the start of the sequel. She has this from the Wanderers: "Covers on, dark clouds ahead on the Corlett Drive end of the stadium, much cooler air than what we had earlier, not that many people into the ground. Raining in other parts of Jo'burg." There you go.

"And it's begun to rain, big time," Firdose says. "Massive thunder and lightning. Pakistan players scurrying off the field. I can't see whats behind me but it's definitely here ..."

I'm George Binoy, by the way. Hello.

0.1

Anwar Ali to de Kock, no run, full and slightly wide outside off stump, the left-hand batsman lets it go across him

0.2

Anwar Ali to de Kock, FOUR, a length ball outside off stump and de Kock cracks it through covers off the front foot, the outfield is slow because of the rain but the ball still beats the pursuing fielder

0.3

Anwar Ali to de Kock, 1 run, cut hard off the front foot towards point, where Shehzad dives to take pace off the ball, good stop, saved three runs for Pakistan

0.4

Anwar Ali to Amla, no run, Amla goes deep into his crease, moving back and across to defend on the off side

0.5

Anwar Ali to Amla, FOUR, 135.7 kph, a full ball on the pads, Amla leans across in his crease and flicks the ball firmly to the fine-leg boundary

0.6

Anwar Ali to Amla, no run, Amla has a hard slash at a length ball outside off and is beaten, the Pakistan players appeal for a caught behind but the umpire says not out

End of over 1 (9 runs) South Africa 9/0 (RR: 9.00)
HM Amla    4* (3b 1x4)      Anwar Ali    1-0-9-0
Q de Kock    5* (3b 1x4)     

Sohail Tanvir to bowl from over the wicket. Saeed Ajmal is not playing, nothing to suggest his omission is due to injury. Perhaps he's just been dropped because of the conditions.

1.1

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, no run, driven uppishly towards the fielder at cover point

1.2

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, 2 runs, a fuller ball angling into the left-hander's pads, de Kock flicks along the ground through midwicket

1.3

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, 1 run, driven on the up towards wide mid-on, the batsmen start running once the ball beats extra cover

1.4

Sohail Tanvir to Amla, 1 run, 133 kph, a risky run after Amla drops the ball close on the off side, de Kock initiated it and Amla responded quickly. Shezad fired the throw at the bowler's end but missed.

1.5

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, no run, chipped in the air towards mid-on

1.6

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, no run, makes room by moving towards leg and drives on the up on the off side

End of over 2 (4 runs) South Africa 13/0 (RR: 6.50)
Q de Kock    8* (8b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    1-0-4-0
HM Amla    5* (4b 1x4)      Anwar Ali    1-0-9-0

Salman1508: "What a wonderful strategy by Pakistani Management, drop your best bowler, Ajmal! #WhatAnIdea"

Atif: "Hard to believe both Rehman and Ajmal are out and there is no Malik option either. Big Risk."

Rafay Shams: "No Saeed Ajmal? The best bowler in T20Is is not included in the team? Is he injured?"

2.1

Anwar Ali to Amla, no run, Amla drives from his crease and away from his body, the ball pitches on a good length and nips slightly into the right-hander, beating the inside edge of the bat

2.2

Anwar Ali to Amla, FOUR, width outside off stump and the length is just right for Amla to lean forward and flay the ball through cover point, a full swish of the bat and the ball races across this damp outfield

2.3

Anwar Ali to Amla, no run, played back to the bowler on the front foot

2.4

Anwar Ali to Amla, FOUR, Amla's bat comes down with a whiplash once again and the ball screams through cover. He moved forward to a length ball and played a flowing drive. Too much width from Ali

2.5

Anwar Ali to Amla, 1 run, a slower ball and Amla gets an inside edge on the leg side when he was trying to push on the off

2.6

Anwar Ali to de Kock, FOUR, that's quite an amazing shot. The ball was full and outside off stump, de Kock leaned forward and across and used his wrists to whip it through midwicket, beating the fielder at deep square leg. Superb timing and he played that all along the ground

End of over 3 (13 runs) South Africa 26/0 (RR: 8.66)
Q de Kock    12* (9b 2x4)      Anwar Ali    2-0-22-0
HM Amla    14* (9b 3x4)      Sohail Tanvir    1-0-4-0

3.1

Sohail Tanvir to Amla, FOUR, poor line, full outside leg stump, Amla simply leans across in his crease and flicks to the backward square leg boundary

3.2

Sohail Tanvir to Amla, FOUR, oh my, the ball's going to all parts of the Wanderers! Another full ball on the pads, Amla flicks in front of square leg, he'll hit those all day and night

3.3

Sohail Tanvir to Amla, 1 run, nudged off the pads through square once again

Adeel: "I don't think bowlers like Saeed Ajmal requires suitable conditions to perform. What is Hafeez doing in the playing eleven then he did nothing with bat in last series?"

3.4

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, 1 wide, strays down leg side this time, a pretty horrific start from Pakistan

3.4

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, FOUR, de Kock steps out of his crease and swings his bat like a golf club, he was aiming straight down the ground but ended up hitting the ball wide of the fielder at mid-on, and the timing is good enough to take it to the boundary

3.5

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, no run, played from his crease towards point

3.6

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, 1 leg bye, played off the pads behind square

Ahmad: "Cant comprehend Hafeez's thinking. When you have your best fast bowler Junaid Khan in your team, why he is giving new ball to Anwar Ali... Can anybody tell me that ???"

End of over 4 (15 runs) South Africa 41/0 (RR: 10.25)
Q de Kock    16* (12b 3x4)      Sohail Tanvir    2-0-18-0
HM Amla    23* (12b 5x4)      Anwar Ali    2-0-22-0

Junaid has the ball now, four overs too late? He's running in from over the wicket.

4.1

Junaid Khan to de Kock, no run, good length around off stump, de Kock drives from his crease and mis-times it on the off side

4.2

Junaid Khan to de Kock, FOUR, phew! De Kock has latched on to a slightly short delivery, getting into position in a flash to pull the ball between midwicket and mid-on. He hit that off the front foot. Dismissive

4.3

Junaid Khan to de Kock, FOUR, and now Junaid's given him a little width outside off and de Kock frees his arms and lashes it through point with a fierce cut

4.4

Junaid Khan to de Kock, no run, that's not that short and de Kock mis-times the pull to midwicket

4.5

Junaid Khan to de Kock, FOUR, carnage at Wanderers. De Kock charges at the bowler, Junaid bowls a full toss wide outside off, de Kock reaches for it, lunging to his left, and manages to flat-bat it past the bowler and between mid-off and mid-on

4.6

Junaid Khan to de Kock, no run, defended on the back foot

End of over 5 (12 runs) South Africa 53/0 (RR: 10.60)
Q de Kock    28* (18b 6x4)      Junaid Khan    1-0-12-0
HM Amla    23* (12b 5x4)      Sohail Tanvir    2-0-18-0

irfan: "@Ahmad: Junaid khan is a specialist bowler for yorkers and can be handy in death overs. You dont need rocket science to know it. lot of judgements already passed in 5 overs."

Hafeez brings himself on, bowling offbreaks from over the wicket.

5.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, Amla leans forward and drives towards mid-off

Awais: "and now Hafeez has no Ajmal to control the flow of runs. What a wonderful planning!"

5.2

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, no run, goes round the wicket to the left-hander, de Kock defends

5.3

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, 1 run, played from the crease on the leg side

Hafeez has his towel to dry the wet ball.

5.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, FOUR, that's some touch from Amla, who somehow makes the width to square drive the ball off the back foot through cover, he moved towards leg ever so slightly

5.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, nudged towards long-on for a single

5.6

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, no run, de Kock stays in his crease and cuts the ball hard towards point, he hit that from in front of his stumps

End of over 6 (7 runs) South Africa 60/0 (RR: 10.00)
Q de Kock    29* (21b 6x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-7-0
HM Amla    29* (15b 6x4)      Junaid Khan    1-0-12-0

The fielding restrictions are now over. Bilawal Bhatti is going to bowl his first over in T20 internationals.

6.1

Bilawal Bhatti to Amla, 1 leg bye, nudged off the pads on the leg side for a single

Karima Alim: "So Pakistan supposedly has a good bowling attack right? Are they going to turn up today?"

6.2

Bilawal Bhatti to de Kock, FOUR, that's streaky, de Kock was aiming for the big heave over midwicket, the ball pitched outside leg and angled across the left-hander, it flew off the outside edge to the third man boundary

6.3

Bilawal Bhatti to de Kock, 1 run, fuller and straighter from Bhatti, de Kock flicks off the pads through square

6.4

Bilawal Bhatti to Amla, no run, good length outside off at 142 kph, Amla punches from his crease to cover

Naveed: "If South Africa will keep going, there is no bowler to stop them in the middle of the innings"

6.5

Bilawal Bhatti to Amla, 1 run, Amla presses forward and drives a length ball powerfully through cover, there's a fielder in the deep now

6.6

Bilawal Bhatti to de Kock, 1 wide, 139 kph, the bouncer is too high, de Kock lets it go over his head

6.6

Bilawal Bhatti to de Kock, 1 run, de Kock charges and moves outside leg, Bhatti counters with a short of a length slower ball, de Kock doesn't have the room and he works it off his hips on the leg side

End of over 7 (9 runs) South Africa 69/0 (RR: 9.85)
Q de Kock    35* (24b 7x4)      Bilawal Bhatti    1-0-8-0
HM Amla    30* (18b 6x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-7-0

7.1

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, no run, makes room by moving outside leg, Hafeez pauses in his action and then delivers, de Kock plays the ball to cover

7.2

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, 1 run, driven towards long-off for a single

7.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, Amla flicks from his crease through square leg

7.4

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, 1 run, de Kock swings across the line but mis-hits the ball towards square leg, he was aiming for midwicket

7.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, OUT, he's bowled him! Off stump has been uprooted. Amla tried to drive through cover from his crease but the ball was full and he ended up yorking himself and missed it. Finally Pakistan have some reason to cheer

HM Amla b Mohammad Hafeez 31 (37m 20b 6x4 0x6) SR: 155.00

Simon: "Quinny finally living up to his immense promise. This is doubly rewarding for Sa as not only do we get a keen young batter in who scores quickly and confidently, but he can free up AB to focus on HIS batting. Essentially its like getting two top class batters for the price of one."

Faf du Plessis is the new batsman.

7.6

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, 1 run, played off the front foot towards long-off

End of over 8 (4 runs) South Africa 73/1 (RR: 9.12)
F du Plessis    1* (1b)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-11-1
Q de Kock    37* (27b 7x4)      Bilawal Bhatti    1-0-8-0

Afridi from over the wicket ...

8.1

Shahid Afridi to du Plessis, 1 run, played off the back foot in front of square leg

8.2

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, 1 run, de Kock stays back and taps the ball off his pads behind square leg

8.3

Shahid Afridi to du Plessis, no run, there's a mix-up and de Kock was gone if the fielder had hit at the bowler's end! Du Plessis pushed off the front foot close on the off side and the fielder got to the ball quickly. Faf said no right away but de Kock had run a fair way down the pitch. Luckily for him, the fielder missed

8.4

Shahid Afridi to du Plessis, 1 run, driven through cover for a single

8.5

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, 1 run, played off the pads through square leg for one more

8.6

Shahid Afridi to du Plessis, no run, du Plessis drives on the off side

End of over 9 (4 runs) South Africa 77/1 (RR: 8.55)
F du Plessis    3* (5b)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-4-0
Q de Kock    39* (29b 7x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-11-1

9.1

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, no run, de Kock's smashed the ball hard and straight at Faf, who wears it on the arm at the non-striker's end, they don't run off the rebound

9.2

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, no run, de Kock heaves across the line and is beaten outside off stump

9.3

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, FOUR, he's smashed that so hard, making room and swinging powerfully after taking two steps out of his crease, the ball skids past the fielder at long-off

9.4

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, OUT, that's superbly caught on the long-on boundary! De Kock was aiming for the innings' first six but mis-hit the ball towards long-on. It nearly carried too! Tanvir was on the boundary and he took a few steps back and to his left to catch the ball right on the edge. He kept his balance to give Pakistan their second wicket

Q de Kock c Sohail Tanvir b Mohammad Hafeez 43 (45m 33b 8x4 0x6) SR: 130.30

Henry Davids is the new batsman.

9.5

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, 1 run, played uppishly through cover point for a single

9.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Davids, 1 run

End of over 10 (6 runs) South Africa 83/2 (RR: 8.30)
H Davids    1* (1b)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-17-2
F du Plessis    4* (6b)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-4-0

10.1

Shahid Afridi to Davids, no run, played on the off side

10.2

Shahid Afridi to Davids, 1 run, driven along the ground through the off side

10.3

Shahid Afridi to du Plessis, 1 run, pushed off the front foot close on the off side for a quick single

10.4

Shahid Afridi to Davids, 1 run, stays in his crease and nudges towards midwicket for one more

10.5

Shahid Afridi to du Plessis, 1 run, Faf strides forward and pushes the ball towards wide mid-on, Afridi chases after it himself

10.6

Shahid Afridi to Davids, OUT, Afridi's gone through Davids with the one that skids through straight on. The ball zipped off the pitch quickly and Davids had hardly begun playing his prod from his crease. The ball went off the bottom edge on to the pad and then on to the sumps. Davids was cramped for room

H Davids b Shahid Afridi 3 (5m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

End of over 11 (4 runs) South Africa 87/3 (RR: 7.90)
     Shahid Afridi    2-0-8-1
F du Plessis    6* (8b)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-17-2

JP Duminy is the new batsman with Pakistan fighting back ... Bhatti to bowl, from over the wicket.

11.1

Bilawal Bhatti to du Plessis, no run, played off the front foot to cover point

11.2

Bilawal Bhatti to du Plessis, 1 run, driven on the up through cover point for a single

Tahir: "They didn't let Ajmal play due to conditions and funny thing is both openers has been knocked out by a spinner."

11.3

Bilawal Bhatti to Duminy, no run, a full ball on leg and middle, JP drives from his crease towards mid-on

11.4

Bilawal Bhatti to Duminy, no run, Duminy strides forward and plays a punchy drive towards mid-off

Noushan: "Even if Afridi does not pick up wickets, he still dries up the runs. Can't compensate for experience, guess that's the reason he keeps coming back into the team."

James: "Fast bowlers to date (end over 11): 6-0-60-0. Spinners: 5-0-25-3. And they left out their best spinner!"

11.5

Bilawal Bhatti to Duminy, FOUR, a full ball on the pads, Duminy puts it away by leaning towards the off side on the front foot and flicking firmly through midwicket

11.6

Bilawal Bhatti to Duminy, 1 run, tucked off the pads once again, to deep square for a single though

End of over 12 (6 runs) South Africa 93/3 (RR: 7.75)
JP Duminy    5* (4b 1x4)      Bilawal Bhatti    2-0-14-0
F du Plessis    7* (10b)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-8-1

Zohaib: "What a comeback by Pakistan. All of a sudden they are back into the game. In the end our spinners save us no matter where we play."

12.1

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, no run, Afridi bowls the ball that slides across the left-hander, Duminy goes back into his crease and blocks

12.2

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, 1 run, goes back once again to push the ball towards long off

12.3

Shahid Afridi to du Plessis, 1 run, Afridi chases after the ball after du Plessis moves forward and nudges it towards the vacant space at mid-on

12.4

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, 1 run, driven on the front foot to long on

12.5

Shahid Afridi to du Plessis, 1 run, bowled quicker and straighter, du Plessis comes forward and works the ball in front of square leg

12.6

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, 1 run, that's outside leg stump, Duminy goes back and plays the ball through square

End of over 13 (5 runs) South Africa 98/3 (RR: 7.53)
JP Duminy    8* (8b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-13-1
F du Plessis    9* (12b)      Bilawal Bhatti    2-0-14-0

13.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, 1 run, comes out of his crease and towards the off side to nudge the ball between mid-on and midwicket

13.2

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, 1 run, Du Plessis makes room by moving outside leg, Hafeez follows him and the batsman clips towards square leg

13.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy nudges the ball on the leg side for a single

The umpires are going to change the ball.

Taimoor Naseer: "Everyone in criticizing Hafeez for dropping Ajmal , but if you look at the bigger picture you can understand why he did it. Firstly Pakistan batting is struggling everyone knows that. With Anwar Ali, Bilawal and Sohail we have a lower order that can hit the ball out of the ground because these 3 have a reputation of being hard hitters in the domestic scene. Secondly it was raining quite heavily all day and the pitch looked pretty green if the fast bowlers had picked up some wickets then Ajmal would not have been needed in any case and everyone would be praising Hafeez. He took a gamble and it didnt work but this is part of captaincy."

13.4

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, 2 runs, Du Plessis steps out of his crease and nudges the ball gently through midwicket, by the time the fielder comes in from the deep, they have time to take the second

13.5

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, 2 runs, another double, they hare between the wickets after du Plessis works the ball through square off the front foot

13.6

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, 1 run, du Plessis moves far outside leg stump and is followed by the bowler, he flicks again towards long leg but gets only the single this time

End of over 14 (8 runs) South Africa 106/3 (RR: 7.57)
F du Plessis    15* (16b)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-25-2
JP Duminy    10* (10b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-13-1

14.1

Shahid Afridi to du Plessis, no run, Du Plessis comes out of his crease and defends awkwardly on the off side

14.2

Shahid Afridi to du Plessis, 1 run, nudges it from his crease through midwicket

14.3

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, no run, Afridi zips the ball across the left-hander after pitching on middle and off, Duminy trips to late cut and misses

14.4

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, no run, defended on the back foot on the leg side

14.5

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, no run, I think he's dropped that! Or has he? Duminy tried to drive off the front foot away from his body and the ball slid across him, that sounded like an edge but the keeper could not catch it

14.6

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, no run, defended on the leg side, that's the end of an economical spell from Afridi

End of over 15 (1 run) South Africa 107/3 (RR: 7.13)
JP Duminy    10* (14b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-14-1
F du Plessis    16* (18b)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-25-2

sunil cecil: "Last over of Afridi & immediately after that we will see fire works, no quality bowling left now.

Bilawal Bhatti's back ...

15.1

Bilawal Bhatti to du Plessis, 1 run, du Plessis backed away towards leg to make room for the pull shot, but the short of a length delivery skidded on to him much too quickly and he got a top edge that fell short of third man

15.2

Bilawal Bhatti to Duminy, 1 run, mis-timed but Duminy manages to slug the ball over the fielder at midwicket

15.3

Bilawal Bhatti to du Plessis, 1 run, the slower ball gone wrong, it's a full toss on the pads, luckily for the bowler Faf's glance isn't good enough to beat fine leg

15.4

Bilawal Bhatti to Duminy, OUT, that's his first wicket in T20 internationals! Bhatti bowled another short of a length delivery that was on to the left-hander too quickly as he pulled of the front foot. The ball made contact with the high part of Duminy's bat and went flat and low towards midwicket, where Hafeez dived forward to hold the catch

JP Duminy c Mohammad Hafeez b Bilawal Bhatti 11 (21m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 68.75

David Miller, who's quite a finisher, is the new batsman.

15.5

Bilawal Bhatti to Miller, no run, that's too quick for him, short of a length at searing pace across the left-hander, Miller tries to slash at it but misses

Waqar Siddiqui: "Afridi finished his overs without any boundary in T20... that's impressive for any bowler."

15.6

Bilawal Bhatti to Miller, 1 run, Miller closes the face too early as the ball slants across him from over the wicket, he gets a leading edge through cover

End of over 16 (4 runs) South Africa 111/4 (RR: 6.93)
DA Miller    1* (2b)      Bilawal Bhatti    3-0-18-1
F du Plessis    18* (20b)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-14-1

Talha Irfan: "@Sunil: Not really. Don't under-estimate Bilawal. He is much much quicker than he appears (with a few steps he runs from). I first time saw him in 2012 CL T20 and man, the way he made players like Maxwell, Afridi look clueless was awesome."

Junaid's back, from over the wicket.

16.1

Junaid Khan to Miller, 1 run, they run a risky single after Miller plays the ball straight to the fielder at midwicket, Hafeez's throw to the striker's end misses the stumps

16.2

Junaid Khan to du Plessis, FOUR, that's too short, Du Plessis waits in his crease and then moves forward to pull it into the gap at deep midwicket

16.3

Junaid Khan to du Plessis, OUT, caught at mid-off this time! Du Plessis steps out of his crease and makes room by moving outside leg to try and hit the ball over extra cover. The delivery is short of a length and angling across the right-hander from over the wicket, du Plessis bat turns in his had as it makes contact with the ball and he gives mid-off a simple catch

F du Plessis c Sohaib Maqsood b Junaid Khan 22 (40m 22b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

16.4

Junaid Khan to Parnell, no run, defended on the leg side

16.5

Junaid Khan to Parnell, no run, Parnell tries to work the ball off his pads but misses

16.6

Junaid Khan to Parnell, 1 run, Parnell plays the ball with the angle into him behind square, an inside edge on to the pad

End of over 17 (6 runs) South Africa 117/5 (RR: 6.88)
WD Parnell    1* (3b)      Junaid Khan    2-0-18-1
DA Miller    2* (3b)      Bilawal Bhatti    3-0-18-1

Kiran Faruqi: "Bhatti looks promising and quick. Plenty of talent in Pakistan if you give the youngsters extended opportunities instead of running to old horses like Razzaq, Malik etc."

zubair anwar: "Bilawal is a tricky customer, he comes on really quick...good new find for pakistan...it can be hard to pick his slower ones with that action too..definitely one for the future"

Bhatti to bowl out ...

17.1

Bilawal Bhatti to Parnell, 1 run, Parnell stays back in his crease and pushes the ball that hurries on to him towards mid off

Ahmad: "Impressive come back by Pakistan. At one time 200 was looking achievable and at the moment it looks like a target of 150 or 160 at max."

Faisal: "Bhatti has impressed me with some seam movement, few intelligent slow balls and occassionally challenging with considerable pace and bounce"

17.2

Bilawal Bhatti to Miller, no run, Miller tees off, swinging hard across the line at a short of a length ball that's pretty quick, he misses the pull shot

Anansh : "First this match, then the Ashes and then Ind vs WI ODI. A whole lot of cricket to look forward to. Busy day for you guys at cricinfo." And then the SL v NZ T20 too.

17.3

Bilawal Bhatti to Miller, SIX, that's huge! The first six of the innings. Bhatti's length was a touch short and this time Miller was ready and waiting. He took two steps forward and pulled hard, sending the ball into the stands at deep midwicket

17.4

Bilawal Bhatti to Miller, FOUR, a low full toss and Miller has drilled it to the long-off boundary, the fielder at mid-off dived to his left but he had no chance

17.5

Bilawal Bhatti to Miller, 1 run, in the blockhole outside off and Miller squeezes it through cover point

17.6

Bilawal Bhatti to Parnell, (no ball) 2 runs, that's a fast and high full toss, that will be a no-ball. Parnell backed away and swung and the ball flew miles in the air off the top edge and was caught at deep cover. The batsmen had started running the second before the fielder caught it

17.6

Bilawal Bhatti to Parnell, 2 runs, OUT, Parnell's been run out, he attempted a non-existent third run after playing the ball down the ground towards long off and wasn't even in the frame when Bhatti broke the stumps

WD Parnell run out 6 (11m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

End of over 18 (17 runs) South Africa 134/6 (RR: 7.44)
     Bilawal Bhatti    4-0-35-1
DA Miller    13* (7b 1x4 1x6)      Junaid Khan    2-0-18-1

18.1

Junaid Khan to Steyn, 1 run, Steyn dabs his first ball towards third man to give Miller the strike

18.2

Junaid Khan to Miller, FOUR, shot! Miller moves outside leg stump and drives a full ball over the fielder in the circle at cover, he picked his gap in the deep and found it perfectly. He did not have room to play that shot, terrific execution

18.3

Junaid Khan to Miller, no run, that's a fast bouncer and it beats miller's hook

18.4

Junaid Khan to Miller, 1 run, Junaid's hobbling in pain after Miller cracks a low full toss with immense power back at the bowler and hits the left ankle

18.5

Junaid Khan to Steyn, no run, Steyn clears his front foot and tries to hit the ball over the midwicket boundary, he misses

Bhatti's off the field at the moment, after injuring his hand during the Parnell run out.

18.6

Junaid Khan to Steyn, OUT, that's superbly caught by the substitute Abdur Rehman, running in from the third-man boundary. Steyn slashed at a short of a length delivery angling across him from over the wicket and top edged it. Rehman came running in from the deep and dived forward to get his hands under the ball

DW Steyn c sub (Abdur Rehman) b Junaid Khan 1 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

End of over 19 (6 runs) South Africa 140/7 (RR: 7.36)
     Junaid Khan    3-0-24-2
DA Miller    18* (10b 2x4 1x6)      Bilawal Bhatti    4-0-35-1

Tanvir to bowl the final over ...

19.1

Sohail Tanvir to Miller, 1 run, in the blockhole from round the wicket, Miller stays balanced in his crease and square drives through the off side

Haroon: "With both Styen and morkel in the line up.. This is already way to many runs for a fragile Pakistani batting line up. Anything they get from now on is bonus for South Africa."

19.2

Sohail Tanvir to Morkel, no run, Morkel tries to hit down the ground but hits it into the pitch and towards the bowler

Miller goes down the pitch to have a chat with his team-mate.

19.3

Sohail Tanvir to Morkel, FOUR, Morkel's clobbered this! He pulls the short ball with tremendous power and beats the fielder diving to his left at long on

19.4

Sohail Tanvir to Morkel, FOUR, what's Tanvir doing? He's bowled a wide full toss and Morkel's driven it into the gap on the cover boundary

19.5

Sohail Tanvir to Morkel, no run, in the blockhole outside off stump this time and Morkel is beaten, Miller won't have the strike for the final ball. I can't understand why they did not try to run a bye to the keeper

19.6

Sohail Tanvir to Morkel, 4 byes, that's a poor finish from Pakistan, Tanvir beat Morkel with a slower ball but the keeper missed it and the effort from the fielder at fine leg was poor too

8.05 pm Pakistan will be relieved to have kept South Africa to 153, after they had started by scoring at 10 an over. However, this pitch is quick and skiddy, and Steyn and Morkel will be a handful. I'll be back in ten minutes for the chase.

Haider: "Tell you what.. regardless of how bad our batting might be.. for Pakistan to restrict South Africa to a total of under 150 after the start Amla and De Kock got off to simply exhibits how talented this bowling side is. Its simply refreshing."

Swapnil Sanghai: "I am big fan of Miller batting since I saw some of his extraordinary innings in IPL. But I think he is not having enough time to spend in the middle when he comes to bat. SA should be careful with player like Miller otherwise one day he would be dropped because of lack of runs under his belt."

Mazher Arshad tells me this is the first time South Africa have made more than 150 against Pakistan in a T20I.

End of over 20 (13 runs) South Africa 153/7
M Morkel    8* (5b 2x4)      Sohail Tanvir    3-0-27-0
DA Miller    19* (11b 2x4 1x6)      Junaid Khan    3-0-24-2
Series Results
South Africa v Pakistan at Cape Town - Nov 22, 2013
Pakistan won by 6 runs
South Africa v Pakistan at Johannesburg - Nov 20, 2013
South Africa won by 4 runs (D/L method)
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Photos

Nov 20, 2013

Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed have a chat between overs, South Africa v Pakistan, 1st T20I, Johannesburg, November 20, 2013

Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed have a chat between overs

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Nov 20, 2013

Dale Steyn in his delivery stride, South Africa v Pakistan, 1st T20I, Johannesburg, November 20, 2013

Dale Steyn in his delivery stride

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