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3rd T20I, Centurion, Apr 14 2021, Pakistan tour of South Africa
(18/20 ov, target 204)205/1
Pakistan won by 9 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
122 (59)
babar-azam
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• Danyal Rasool

Babar Azam's sensational 122, Mohammad Rizwan's 73* give Pakistan 2-1 lead

For South Africa, Aiden Markram and Janneman Malan's half-centuries went in vain

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Scores: Ranjith P
Comms: Karthik Krishnaswamy
Scorecard summary
South Africa203/5(20 overs)
Pakistan205/1(18 overs)
end of over 1811 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 205/1CRR: 11.38 
Fakhar Zaman8 (2)
Mohammad Rizwan73 (47)
Lizaad Williams 4-0-34-1
Sisanda Magala 3-0-38-0

6.10pm A feast of batting. That's what we watched today, and Pakistan have taken a 2-1 lead in the series. Can they seal a 3-1 win, or will South Africa come back to level the series? We will find out day after tomorrow. Do join us for that. Until then, a warm goodbye from PDP, myself, and Ranjith. Ciao!

Babar Azam, Player of the Match: "I had been waiting for this for a long time, I had planned for a long time, and today Allah has given me a chance to finish it. I stick to my strengths and play according to them, and the team's requirements. Rizwan bhai also played an outstanding innings. He was fasting (for Ramzan), and he batted and he kept wickets, and he was outstanding. We get a lot of confidence and belief looking at him. I also achieved a dream in one-day cricket today (No. 1 ranking). I struggled hard, there was a lot of hard work that went into it. I keep trying to learn and add new things to my game, and I will keep trying to do the same. I think our first six overs, we have to give credit to Malan and Markram for playing outstanding innings, until the 10-over mark, but the way we came back in the last five overs allowed us to restrict them to around 200."

Heinrich Klaasen: "Tough to explain. I thought we were about 10 runs short. Once again maybe lost a bit of momentum at the back end. Credit to them, they batted really well, they made a lot of good balls look bad. Our fielding was pretty bad, a lot of misfields. We've played a lot of cricket at this stadium, I've seen a lot of wickets like this. 200 is not enough on this wicket. It's a very difficult ground on which to defend. We had to score 10-15 runs more to make chasing harder, and then execute in the field. One thing we're guilty of over the last three games, is not one of our batsmen who made 50 went on to make a big score."

Ziyad: "Sarmad and others (including myself tbf) were critical of the decision to open with this pair chasing 200 . We all look very silly now."

Chief Selector: "IPL experience would not count much during world cup as IPL sides are not permanent sides while national sides are well defined and actual teams. However, there was no guarantee that main SA players would have stopped Pakistan's explosive top order. Also, Pakistanis don't play IPL but they seem to be the major force to win it."

Larry: "You have got to feel sorry for SA. First in December against England they made a similar total and then thought they could win but lost, and it happened again today too!" -- This ground is definitely a hard one to defend totals on!

Maryam : "Rizwan is such a happy person, smiles all over the place, there he was Celebrating babars 100 and now greeting all sa players so wholeheartedly."

Shirish Pathak: "a team without their main players scores 203 which is commendable so its a win win for SA to try out some new players before the T20 World Cup."

Hasan: "While we all appreciate Babar's classy innings, lets not forget the role of Rizwan in this chase. Amazing batting performance from him."

5.50pm What a win this is. Pakistan had never chased down a 200-plus target before (this was only their second opportunity to do so, mind you), and they've done it with two whole overs to spare. Babar Azam has played an absolute blinder to lead the way, and Mohammad Rizwan was the perfect foil, on a day when South Africa's bowlers struggled for control in brilliant batting conditions. Babar and Rizwan put on 197, the fourth-highest T20I partnership overall, and the highest ever in a chase.

17.6
4
Williams to Zaman, FOUR runs

and that is that. Half-volley on off stump, and Fakhar muscles a drive to the straight boundary, nearly causing grievous injury to his non-striker in the process. Rizwan stepped away from the ball just in time

17.5
4
Williams to Zaman, FOUR runs

make that three to win. Short, angling away from off stump, and he simply opens his bat face and steers it to the right of third man

Fakhar Zaman comes in with Pakistan needing seven to win. Williams continues from over the wicket.

Pakistan were well on course to completing the highest successful chase without the loss of a wicket. For now, New Zealand's 171 for 0 holds onto the record.

17.4
W
Williams to Babar Azam, OUT

bouncer outside off, and Pakistan won't win this by ten wickets. Babar falls for 122, the end of an utterly magical innings. Reaches out to try and ramp it over the keeper, only manages a faint edge through to the keeper

Babar Azam c †Klaasen b Williams 122 (77m 59b 15x4 4x6) SR: 206.77
17.3
1
Williams to Rizwan, 1 run

short, angling in towards leg stump, steps across to pull to long leg

17.2
1
Williams to Babar Azam, 1 run

off-stump yorker, and Babar makes room to steer it to third man with an open face

Moiz: "2 achievements in a single day for babar. First number 1 odi batsman and now 3rd Pakistani to centuries in all formats."

17.1
1
Williams to Rizwan, 1 run

short, rising over off stump, and Rizwan lets it come and uppercuts on the bounce to third man

Jason: "Not to belittle anything but it's so weird to see major SA players playing IPL while there is an international series underway at home. I am sure that's not normal. Did I miss something?" -- Just a sign of the times, I suppose. Plus there's a T20 World Cup to be played in India later this year, so some experience in those conditions for the top players, and a chance for South Africa to try out some new faces too. It's not all bad!

end of over 1713 runs
PAK: 194/0CRR: 11.41 RRR: 3.33
Mohammad Rizwan71 (45)
Babar Azam121 (57)
Sisanda Magala 3-0-38-0
Lizaad Williams 3-0-23-0
16.6
1
Magala to Rizwan, 1 run

full-toss, a bit of late inswing towards middle and leg, whipped to the left of fine leg

Only 12 required now.

16.5
1
Magala to Babar Azam, 1 run

full-toss on the stumps, clipped quietly to long-on

Hamid Shaker: "Correction @KK, this is 4th highest partnership in all T20Is.. " -- It was sixth when I put the link up. It updates real-time :)

16.4
2
Magala to Babar Azam, 2 runs

leg-stump yorker, clipped away to the right of deep midwicket

16.3
4
Magala to Babar Azam, FOUR runs

lovely yorker on middle and leg, but on a day like today, Babar will put anything away to the boundary. Makes himself room, jams his bat down with an open face, and middles the ball and places it to the right of the keeper. What. A. Shot.

16.2
4
Magala to Babar Azam, FOUR runs

full-toss on off stump, and he clears his front leg and simply whips it away into the gap to the right of long-on

Mutawassam: "Sounds and tastes like Eid on first day of Ramzan." -- Ramzan Mubarak to all our readers around the world!

16.1
1
Magala to Rizwan, 1 run

follows Rizwan's movement towards the leg side with a low full-toss, and he clips it down to long-on for one

end of over 1610 runs
PAK: 181/0CRR: 11.31 RRR: 5.75
Mohammad Rizwan69 (43)
Babar Azam110 (53)
Lizaad Williams 3-0-23-0
Tabraiz Shamsi 3-0-39-0
15.6
1
Williams to Rizwan, 1 run

full on middle stump, clipped gently into the midwicket region. Williams chases after the ball himself and keeps Rizwan down to one run

15.5
2
Williams to Rizwan, 2 runs

slower ball, angling into the stumps, gets down on his knee and plays a scoop/sweep over short fine leg. Magala does well to chase back and cut it off at the boundary

15.4
2
Williams to Rizwan, 2 runs

full on middle stump, clipped towards the man at a wide long-on. Had to come in some distance off the boundary, so they manage to run a quick two

15.3
Williams to Rizwan, no run

in the blockhole on middle stump, digs it out and plays it back to the bowler

Shakir: "Pakistan Chasing 203, after 15.2 overs, Required Rate is run a ball... Let that sink in first... "

15.2
1
Williams to Babar Azam, 1 run

full on the pads, clipped to deep square leg

15.1
4
Williams to Babar Azam, FOUR runs

full outside off, and that's not the best shot Babar has played today, but it'll run away to the boundary nonetheless. I think he wanted to hit over the covers, but his weight was hanging back, and he ends up slicing it over backward point instead

Here's Williams, right-arm over.

Sikandar : "50 off 50 2 days ago 104 of 50 today."

Rauf: "Earlier, I commented but not published that pakistan has conceded 200 only 2nd time but will chase 200 1st time, now it is going to happen."

end of over 1521 runs
PAK: 171/0CRR: 11.40 RRR: 6.60
Babar Azam105 (51)
Mohammad Rizwan64 (39)
Tabraiz Shamsi 3-0-39-0
Beuran Hendricks 4-0-55-0
14.6
1
Shamsi to Babar Azam, 1 run

tossed up on middle and off, clipped gently to deep midwicket

14.5
4
Shamsi to Babar Azam, FOUR runs

four more. Not the greatest over from Shamsi, and he bowls a sweep-me ball down the leg side that he puts away gratefully to the right of deep backward square leg. Pakistan are doing this too easily now

Best performances - batters
Babar Azam portrait
Babar Azam PAK
122 runs (59)
15 fours
4 sixes
Control81%
Productive shot
flick
23 runs
0 four
1 six
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Mohammad Rizwan portrait
Mohammad Rizwan PAK
73 runs (47)
5 fours
2 sixes
Control78%
Productive shot
pull
17 runs
2 fours
1 six
217931231116
Best performances - bowlers
Mohammad Nawaz, player portrait
Mohammad Nawaz PAK
O
4
M
0
R
38
W
2
ECO
9.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Lizaad Williams, player portrait
LB Williams SA
O
4
M
0
R
34
W
1
ECO
8.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
SuperSport Park, Centurion
TossPakistan, elected to field first
SeriesPakistan tour of South Africa
Season2021
Player Of The Match
Babar Azam
Babar Azam
Series resultPakistan led the 4-match series 2-1
Match numberT20I no. 1147
Match days14 April 2021 - day (20-over match)
Umpires
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Allahudien Paleker
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Bongani Jele
TV Umpire
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Adrian Holdstock
Reserve Umpire
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Shaun George
Match Referee
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Andy Pycroft