Fakhar Zaman, Faheem Ashraf hand Pakistan T20I series
Both teams suffered collapses, but South Africa's 145 target proved insufficient in fourth T20I
Neither team had a fielding effort worthy of this series' highlights reels with four dropped catches on each side but Pakistan pulled off a flawless display in this match and took all eight chances they got in this match.
South Africa went into this match a batter short after opting to bench Pite van Biljon in favour of a third allrounder and it backfired badly. After the openers were dismissed, they needed at least one of Klaasen or van der Dussen to bat through to avoid exposing a soft middle, but exactly the opposite happened. Klaasen and van der Dussen were dismissed in the space of five balls, failing to make proper contact on attempted big strokes, which sparked a collapse of 5 for 13 in 19 balls. Linde and Mulder both looked as though they were batting a position too high and Phehlukwayo's death-hitting amounted to one attempted to drive on the up. After scoring 100 runs in the first 12 overs, South Africa managed just 44 runs in their last 8, to finish well under-par.
After Mohammad Rizwan stalked them all summer, South Africa would have been thrilled to see the back of him for a second duck in the series. Given his form, you can hardly blame Rizwan for stepping out of his crease to take on Bjorn Fortuin in the first over, but he overbalanced and missed his flick, allowing Heinrich Klaasen to pull off a stumping down the leg side. The last time South Africa dismissed Rizwan early, they cantered to victory but, with a low total to defend, they could not repeat that feat.
Pakistan's middle order have been largely untested on this tour and proved more fragile than they would like. After Zaman and Azam were dismissed in the same over by Williams, Pakistan had to rely on their most experienced batter Mohammad Hafeez and promising youngster Haidar Ali to take them through the second half of the innings. Haidar flicked a full Phehlukwayo delivery to deep square leg and Hafeez slog-swept Shamsi to long-on, to leave it up to the lower-order. Then Asif Ali was hurried by a Magala bouncer and popped him a simple return chance. Pakistan lost 4 for 17 in 37 balls which made what should have been a straightforward chase much more complicated. They needed 25 runs off the final 18 balls and six off the last over and got there with a ball to spare.
Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent