Lahore [Pakistan]February 14 (ANI): A striking spectacle from David Miller was not enough for the Proteas when they suffered a defeat with four wickets in the last T20I against Pakistan and thus lost the series 2-1 on Sunday in Lahore.
Miller put on a great exhibition of hits by looting an unbeaten 85 balls out of 45 (5 fours, 7 sixes) as South Africa bounced back from 65 for seven and scored a competitive 164 for eight at Gaddafi Stadium.
Tabraiz Shamsi then scored a remarkable four-to-25 margin, leaving the hosts battling 137 to six after 17 overs before Hasan Ali hit 20 from just seven balls to lead his team to victory with eight supplies.
The result dropped the curtain on the Proteas tour to the Asian country, ending a series in which they were also promising, although most of their regular names were missing.
In the last game, substitute captain Heinrich Klaasen lost the throw at the beginning and his team was asked by his colleague Babar Azam to strike first.
However, the eyelashes sadly dissolved when debutants Zahid Mahmood (3/40) and Mohammad Nawaz (2/13) got into an uproar.
Only Janneman Malan (27) in the top 5 has managed to find a rhythm – the early wickets leaving South Africa are in danger of being left out for less than 100. But Miller and Bjorn Fortuin (10) put on 41 for the eighth wicket. before a record unbroken nine-wicket partnership of 58 between the former and Lutho Sipamla (8 *) brought the tourists to a goal of 165.
Miller celebrated four sixes in the finals alone, and his innings also ended a third T20I half-century. Then it went to the bowlers, who initially fought against Pakistan’s star batsman of the series, Mohammad Rizwan (42).
Together with Haider Ali (15), the couple put on 51 for the opening wicket to keep his side firmly in the driver’s seat. Shamsi’s introduction in the seventh game threatened to change the course of the game after defeating Haider with his first ball.
Two more hits in his next two overs left the Pakistanis at 84 for three at the end of the 11th and the game back on balance. And when Dwaine Pretorius (1/33) got rid of Babar for 44 it was an advantage for South Africa.
Shamsi tipped the scales even further in favor of his team by taking his fourth wicket for a career best, and Björn Fortuin (1/30) added that with Faheem Ashraf’s (10) wicket.
With that, the Proteas were well positioned as the hosts needed 28 of the last three with two new men in the middle. However, Hasan and Nawaz (18 of 11 balls) were destructive as they scored the most seal win with more than one over. (ANI)
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