Pakistan elect to field first in second T20 against South Africa

Pakistan elect to field first in second T20 against South Africa

It gave South Africa a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series and saw Pakistan slip to defeat in a bilateral T20 series for the first time in three years.

At that stage Azam was on 46 (23 balls), he found an ideal foil in Hussain Talat who was happy to play second fiddle while Babar showed young batsman that you can be just as effective as anyone playing "proper" cricket strokes.

Stand-in South Africa skipper David Miller felt like "the worst captain on the planet" as Pakistan threatened to take their three-match Twenty20 series to a decider.

Pakistan needed 42 runs from their last four overs for victory, but Beuran Hendricks picked up the key wicket of Babar before Chris Morris (2-36) and Andile Phehlukwayo (3-36) worked their way through the lower order.

"We didn't start too well with the ball, we were a bit wide and short".

"It got quite tight and stressful at the back end but the guys pulled through and did incredibly well", said Miller after Pakistan had finished on 181-7.

Shoaib said of Imad: "He's an exceptional talent, and we need a couple of other guys to perform that way". But Miller took on Usman Shinwari in the final over of the innings that yielded 29 runs.

Although neither took a wicket, Miller praised left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi and new fast bowler Lutho Sipamla for economical bowling in the middle overs before the late-innings collapse. The break came with South Africa on 140 for three after 17.1 overs and they added 48 runs off the remaining 17 balls of the innings.

Malan (33 off 31 balls) and Reeza Hendricks (28 off 27 balls) got the Proteas off to a solid start with a 58 run partnership although there were a number of dot balls within their Powerplay. Malan's momentum was cut off completely by Imad though as the left-arm spinner troubled the debutant by delivering a maiden first up.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan won the toss and chose to field first in the second T20 global match.

Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik said the possibility of rain had influenced his decision to field first despite having failed by six runs in a chase in the opening match in Cape Town on Friday.

They replaced captain Faf du Plessis, who is being rested for the final two matches of the series, and batsman-wicketkeeper Gihahn Cloete. "The board has always been supportive of me and I want to thank them for that", he said, just days after PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani had criticised the International Cricket Council for letting "bureaucracy triumph over common sense".

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