Pakistan’s Shaheens faced South Africa in a T20 World Cup warm-up match on Wednesday, and the Proteas thrashed the men in green by six wickets.
Rassie van der Dussen of South Africa scored a heroic century to lead his country out of the woods. The game came down to the last ball. South Africa, on the other hand, never looked unsettled after Dussen’s quickfire half-century, and it appeared as if victory was almost certain when Hassan Ali’s final over began.
The Pakistani bowlers quickly dismissed the Proteas openers, but they were unable to contain the South African team after Rassie van der Dussen took charge and smashed 101 runs.
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Temba Bavuma also had a good batting performance, hitting 46 off 42 balls. All-rounder Hassan Ali, who was sent to bowl the final over, failed to restrict boundaries, conceding 22 runs, paving the way for the Proteas’ victory.
Right-arm pacer Haris Rauf gave up 33 runs in three overs and failed to pick up a wicket, while Shaheen Afridi took two wickets but gave up 30 runs in four overs.
Bavuma and Heinrich Klaasen were both dismissed by Afridi (14).
Imad Wasim, a left-arm bowler, gave up 19 runs in three overs. In the same over, he also took two early wickets, Quinton de Kock (6) and Reeza Hendricks (7).
By the end of the first innings, Pakistan had set South Africa a 187-run target. Skipper Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan failed to impress with the bat, scoring 15 and 19 respectively.
Fakhar Zaman had an outstanding batting performance, scoring 52 runs off 28 balls, and Asif Ali contributed 32 runs to the total.
Pakistan had thrashed the West Indies earlier this week in a warm-up match, winning by seven wickets. On October 24, the Men in Green will take on India.
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