Heinrich Klaasen (2R) celebrates with teammate David Miller after winning the 2nd T20 match at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on Saturday. AFP
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Fast bowler Dwaine Pretorius produced the best Twenty20 International figures by a South African to help his team draw level at 1-1 with Pakistan, thanks to an excellent six-wicket win in the second match at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Saturday night.
The all-rounder claimed five for 17 in four overs as the tourists restricted the hosts to just 144 for seven wickets after winning the toss and bowling.
The 31-year-old took 5-17 in his four lethal overs as Pakistan — sent in to bat — rode on a 41-ball 51 by wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan on a slow Gaddafi stadium pitch. Faheem Ashraf hit a fiery 12-ball 30 not out.
Mohammad Rizwan offers evening prayers during a water break. AFP
Reeza Hendricks and Pite van Biljon then struck 42 apiece — the visitors comfortably chasing down the target with 22 deliveries to spare. It means that three-match sequence will be decided when the final game of the tour is played at the same venue on Sunday. But match two was all about Pretorius.
Playing in his 13th T20I, the 31-year-old player was in stellar form as he smashed his previous best international figures of one for 12 and beat Ryan McLaren's record of five for 19 against West Indies at North Sound in 2010.
Pretorius was outstanding from the outset with his tight lines and length asking some real questions of the home side. His first wicket came in the second over when he got one to nip back and trap Pakistan captain Babar Azam leg before wicket for five.
Andile Phehlukwayo (1/31) and Tabraiz Shamsi (1/16), another man in superb form, then claimed a wicket each to leave the hosts on 48 for three in the seventh over.
Babar Azam walks back to pavilion while Dwaine Pretorius celebrates his dismissal at the Gaddafi Stadium. AP
Mohammad Rizwan was the only man that was making most of the runs at the other end, the match one centurion adding a strong 51 (41 balls, 6 fours, 1 six) to his tally.
Once he fell to a Pretorius slower ball, Iftikhar Ahmed (20) and Faheem Ashraf (30 not out off 12 balls) helped their side to a respectable, albeit modest total.
Janneman Malan (4) and Jon-Jon Smuts (7) did fall early in the Proteas' chase to give the home side hope.
But Hendricks clubbed three sixes and three fours in his 30-ball salvo and van Biljon crashed three sixes and two fours in his innings that lasted 32 balls to knock the spirit out of Pakistan.
It was also the highest score by the latter in his sixth T20I, although both fell with 40 still to get. David Miller (25 not out off 19 balls) and skipper Heinrich Klaasen (17 not out off nine balls) then finished the job to give the South Africans their first win of the tour.
Rizwan plays a shot as Heinrich Klaasen watches. AFP
Pakistan kept the same team, which beat the Proteas by three runs in the opener of the three-match series on Thursday. South Africa had fought hard to reach 166-6 after Mohammad Rizwan’s blistering unbeaten 104 off 64 balls had carried Pakistan to 169-6.
The Proteas, looking to end a five-match losing streak in T20s, made three changes from the first match in Lahore, bringing in Pite van Biljon, Glenton Stuurman and Jon-Jon Smuts.
They replaced Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin and Jacques Snyman. Stuurman, 28, is a right arm fast bowler who is making his Twenty20 International debut.
The 28-year-old pacer replaced fast bowler Junior Dala. Jon-Jon Smuts and Pite van Biljon replaced Bjron Fortuin and Jacques Snyman.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Haider Ali, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Usman Qadir, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf.
South Africa: Janneman Malan, Reeza Hendricks, Jon-Jon Smuts, Pite van Biljon, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen (captain), Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Glenton Stuurman, Lutho Sipamla, Tabraiz Shamsi.
South Africa need 19 runs to win off the last over, but medium pacer Faheem Ashraf held his nerves to keep the visitors down to 166-6 while Bjorn Fortuin (17 not out) and Dwaine Pretorius (15 not out) could manage only 15.
Tail-ender Hasan Ali finished with a seven-ball 20 not out as Pakistan overhauled a 165-run target in 18.4 overs to win the series 2-1, South Africa's first T20I series defeat in Asia. South Africa had previously won five and drawn one T20I series in Asia.
Babar Azam hit a sensational 122 from 59 balls to lead Pakistan to 205-1 for a resounding nine-wicket win over South Africa and a 2-1 lead in their Twenty20 series on Wednesday.
I am not going to make excuses. We've still got to try and win with whichever players we put on the park but it has been tough. There have been a lot of positives. With the opportunities that have been given, a couple of guys have come through with flying colours," he said
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