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2nd T20I, Johannesburg, Apr 12 2021, Pakistan tour of South Africa
(14/20 ov)141/4
South Africa won by 6 wickets (with 36 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
3/23 & 3 catches
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• Firdose Moonda

George Linde leads the way as South Africa canter to series-levelling win

Aiden Markram continues to impress at the top for the hosts, hitting his second half-century on the trot

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Scores: Binoy George
Comms: @PeterDellaPenna
Scorecard summary
Pakistan140/9(20 overs)
South Africa141/4(14 overs)
end of over 1417 runs
SA: 141/4CRR: 10.07 
Heinrich Klaasen36 (21)
George Linde20 (10)
Shaheen Shah Afridi 3-0-30-0
Usman Qadir 3-0-26-2

5.24 pm Well that was quite a walloping by the hosts to level the series at 1-1. Arguably the only blemish was that 12-ball, 18-run over in the 12th from Magala. But he more than made up for it at the death. Pakistan were clearly short of firepower without Fakhar Zaman in the lineup today due to sickness. The visitors have 48 hours to lick their wounds before coming back in the third match of this series on Wednesday.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam via translator: "Early wickets which we lost cost us the game. We didn't have partnerships. Credit to the South Africa bowlers. The aggression cost us the game. The players were not complacent. It was a new wicket and they bowled well. I have confidence in my team and we will do well in the next match."

Man of the Match George Linde: "It's never easy bowling in the Powerplay as a spinner. We had a couple of game plans and I'm just glad it worked out well for us. Personally it was a big confidence booster because I didn't bowl that well the previous game. When I got that, I was just trying to keep that momentum. I thought the surface was okay. If you look at the way Markram played up front, the shots showed the wicket wasn't bad. We chased it down in 14 overs so it was a good game for us all-round. We sat down and looked at video footage on how to get better and was visualizing a lot yesterday. That gets me into the moment of the game."

South Africa captain Heinrich Klaasen: "Our execution was spot on. One or two overs maybe started slowly but the guys begged me for another opportunity to execute. Magala asked me for another over after his first one. He told me, 'I'm your guy today,' and he proved me right. The wicket is good. It still for me was a 180-190 wicket. I thought our bowlers bowled extremely well today and the message was to be positive. We wanted to play aggressive but smart cricket, not cowboy cricket. We did it in Pakistan previously where everyone just had a hack and that's not what it's all about. Sometimes you have to be smarter and not too much cowboy and have hacks. We wanted to get it in 14 or 15 overs because that's what the wicket was telling us and not what the scoreboard showed. At the end of the day, all of the guys in the team are quality players. After the guys at the IPL left, the next guys wanted to get an opportunity to execute."

That's it for today. Come back on Wednesday afternoon for the third match in this T20I series. For Alan Gardner, I'm Peter Della Penna. Take care!

13.6
1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Klaasen, 1 run

yorker on fifth stump, jammed out and Linde calls him through for a tight single to clinch the match.

13.5
1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Linde, 1 run

full and wide outside off, slaps this into the covers for a single to level the scores, offering the captain the honors to hit the winning run.

13.4
6
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Linde, SIX runs

Afridi tries to bounce Linde, but it's George's day, heaves this high and deep over midwicket.

13.3
1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Klaasen, 1 run

full and taps this away for one this time.

13.2
6
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Klaasen, SIX runs

too full and slammed flat down the ground over wide long-off, crisp timing sends it all the way as Afridi just misses the length on an attempted yorker.

13.1
2
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Klaasen, 2 runs

good length ball tapped away into a gap to come back for a well-placed pair.

end of over 1310 runs
SA: 124/4CRR: 9.53 RRR: 2.42
Heinrich Klaasen26 (17)
George Linde13 (8)
Usman Qadir 3-0-26-2
Faheem Ashraf 1-0-14-0
12.6
1
Usman Qadir to Klaasen, 1 run

full on the stumps, chipped to long-on.

12.5
4
Usman Qadir to Klaasen, FOUR runs

short on the stumps, pulled behind square sharply for a boundary.

12.4
1
Usman Qadir to Linde, 1 run

good length ball tapped away.

12.3
2
Usman Qadir to Linde, 2 runs

oh dear! Sums up a match to forget. Linde skies a drive to long-on. Easy chance for the fielder who somehow overruns the ball and it lands 5 yards behind him 5 yards inside the rope. Sharjeel Khan was the culprit at long-on and Shaheen cleaned up after him coming across from long-off.

12.2
1
Usman Qadir to Klaasen, 1 run

good length ball tapped away.

12.1
1
Usman Qadir to Linde, 1 run

too straight on the legs, flicked gently through midwicket.

end of over 1214 runs
SA: 114/4CRR: 9.50 RRR: 3.37
Heinrich Klaasen20 (14)
George Linde9 (5)
Faheem Ashraf 1-0-14-0
Usman Qadir 2-0-16-2
11.6
4
Faheem to Klaasen, FOUR runs

glorious shot from Klaasen! Back of a length on fourth stump, punches this on the up through extra cover, sweeper has no chance.

11.5
Faheem to Klaasen, no run

full on off, mistimes this into the ground trying to drive through cover.

11.4
4
Faheem to Klaasen, FOUR runs

too full and straight on the legs, flicks this behind square and deep fine leg has no chance to cut this off.

11.3
1
Faheem to Linde, 1 run

full on the stumps, flicked away for a single.

11.2
1
Faheem to Klaasen, 1 run

a touch fuller on fifth stump, driven along the ground to the sweeper this time.

11.1
4
Faheem to Klaasen, FOUR runs

short and wide, plenty of width to carve this behind point, no chance for the sweeper.

end of over 118 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 100/4CRR: 9.09 RRR: 4.55
George Linde8 (4)
Heinrich Klaasen7 (9)
Usman Qadir 2-0-16-2
Mohammad Nawaz 3-0-29-0
10.6
2
Usman Qadir to Linde, 2 runs

googly land full on sixth stump spinning away, slices a drive to the cover sweeper.

10.5
Usman Qadir to Linde, no run

short and wide, slices a cut that flutters just short of Sharjeel at backward point.

Best performances - batters
Aiden Markram portrait
AK Markram SA
54 runs (30)
7 fours
3 sixes
Control57%
Productive shot
cut shot
12 runs
3 fours
0 six
6010220916
Babar Azam portrait
Babar Azam PAK
50 runs (50)
5 fours
0 six
Control81%
Productive shot
flick
8 runs
0 four
0 six
13011292211
Best performances - bowlers
George Linde portrait
GF Linde SA
O
4
M
0
R
23
W
3
ECO
5.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Lizaad Williams, player portrait
LB Williams SA
O
4
M
0
R
35
W
3
ECO
8.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
TossPakistan, elected to bat first
SeriesPakistan tour of South Africa
Season2021
Player Of The Match
George Linde
George Linde
Series result4-match series level 1-1
Match numberT20I no. 1146
Match days12 April 2021 - day (20-over match)
Umpires
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Adrian Holdstock
South Africa Image
Bongani Jele
TV Umpire
South Africa Image
Shaun George
Reserve Umpire
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Allahudien Paleker
Match Referee
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Andy Pycroft