South Africa vs. Pakistan, 1st T20: Scorecard, Recap and More from Johannesburg

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South Africa vs. Pakistan, 1st T20: Scorecard, Recap and More from Johannesburg
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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)
Batsman Dismissal Runs Mins Balls
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
Bowler Overs M R W
Anwar Ali 2 0 22 0
Sohail Tanvir 3 0 27 0
Junaid Khan 3 0 24 2
Mohammad Hafeez 4 0 25 2
Bilawal Bhatti 4 0 35 1
Shahid Afridi 4 0 14 1


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)
Batsman Dismissal Runs Mins Balls
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
Bowler Overs M R W
LL Tsotsobe 4 0 19 1
DW Steyn 2 0 13 0
M Morkel 1 0 10 0
JP Duminy 1.1 0 3 1
Imran Tahir 1 0 8 0


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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