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South Africa beat Pakistan in Wanderers nail-biter

THATS MY BOY: David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen take a moment between overs during yesterdays International T20 Series match against Pakistan at Wanderers Stadium. Picture: Samuel Shivambu BackpagePix

South Africa scored a nail-biting seven-run win over Pakistan in the second T20 International at the Wanderers yesterday.

Batting first, the hosts powered to a solid 188/3 thanks to some power hitting by skipper David Miller (65 off 29 balls), Rassie van der Dussen (45 off 27), Janneman Malan (33 off 31) as well as another good start by Kimberley’s own Reeza Hendricks (28 off 27).

Cruising

In their reply, Pakistan seemed to be cruising for much of their innings, being well ahead of the required run rate for most of their knock.

But after Babar Azam’s 90 (58 balls) and Hussain Talat’s 55 off 41 deliveries in their 101-run second-wicket partnership the wheels came off for the visitors and they finished agonisingly close on 181/7.

Chris Morris (2/36) and Andile Phehlukwayo (3/36) scythed through the Pakistan batsmen and secured South Africa’s series-clinching win with one match to go.

Earlier, it was Beuran Hendricks (2/30) that kept South Africa’s slim hopes afloat.

The next T20 International will be played at SuperSport Park on Wednesday and starts at 6pm.