South Africa picked up where they left off in the United Arab Emirates, beating Pakistan by four runs on the Duckworth Lewis method in the first T20 against Pakistan in Johannesburg.
The two sides flew across to a new continent to play a hastily-arranged limited overs series, but the result was much the same.
Winning the toss and bowling first, Pakistan made a slow start, with Proteas openers Hashim Amla (31 from 20 balls) and Quinton de Kock (43 from 33) getting off to a flyer.
But despite a platform of 72 runs from the first eight overs before Amla fell, the innings did not turn into a big one.
The rest of the team managed just six more boundaries and a six between them as the South Africans finished on 153 for seven from their 20 overs.
|South Africa (153 for 7 from 20 overs)|
|Q de Kock†||c Sohail Tanvir b Mohammad Hafeez||43||45||33|
|HM Amla||b Mohammad Hafeez||31||37||20|
|F du Plessis*||c Sohaib Maqsood b Junaid Khan||22||40||22|
|H Davids||b Shahid Afridi||3||5||5|
|JP Duminy||c Mohammad Hafeez b Bilawal Bhatti||11||21||16|
|DA Miller||not out||19||46||11|
|WD Parnell||run out (Sohail Tanvir/Bilawal Bhatti)||6||11||6|
|DW Steyn||c sub (Abdur Rehman) b Junaid Khan||1||6||3|
|M Morkel||not out||8||5||5|
|Extras||(b 4, lb 2, w 2, nb 1)||9|
In response, Pakistan's start was steadier—they lost Ahmed Shehzad early, clean-bowled by Lonwabo Tsotsobe but thereafter built patiently.
JP Duminy proved an inspired choice with the ball, the part-timer picking up the wicket of Nasir Jamshed via a return catch.
When the heavens opened with Pakistan at 60 for two, they were just behind the required rate.
|Pakistan (60 for 2 from 9.1 overs)|
|Ahmed Shehzad||b Tsotsobe||9||11||9|
|Nasir Jamshed||c & b Duminy||18||41||25|
|Mohammad Hafeez*||not out||13||15|
|Umar Akmal†||not out||7||6|
|Extras||(lb 7, w 6)||13|
The game was still wide open, but the elements had the final say, with the Proteas just far enough in front.
The two sides clash again in the second and final T20 on Friday in Cape Town.
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