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

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterNovember 20, 2013

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 06:  Hashim Amla of South Africa bats during the third One Day International between Pakistan and South Africa at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on November 06, 2013 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
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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)
Q de Kock†c Sohail Tanvir b Mohammad Hafeez434533
HM Amla b Mohammad Hafeez313720
F du Plessis*c Sohaib Maqsood b Junaid Khan224022
H Davids b Shahid Afridi355
JP Duminyc Mohammad Hafeez b Bilawal Bhatti112116
DA Millernot out194611
WD Parnellrun out (Sohail Tanvir/Bilawal Bhatti)6116
DW Steync sub (Abdur Rehman) b Junaid Khan163
M Morkelnot out855
Extras(b 4, lb 2, w 2, nb 1)9
Anwar Ali20220
Sohail Tanvir30270
Junaid Khan30242
Mohammad Hafeez40252
Bilawal Bhatti40351
Shahid Afridi40141

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 Tsotsobe9119
Nasir Jamshedc & b Duminy184125
Mohammad Hafeez*not out1315
Umar Akmal†not out76
Extras(lb 7, w 6)13
LL Tsotsobe40191
DW Steyn20130
M Morkel10100
JP Duminy1.1031
Imran Tahir1080

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.