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02-Feb-2019 05:48:00 GMT
SA v Pak - 1st T20I, Cape Town

Reeza Hendricks, du Plessis star as South Africa take 1-0 lead

Cape Town: Faf du Plessis and Reeza Hendricks shared a record partnership as South Africa ended a nine-match Pakistan T20I winning streak in the first international at Newlands on Friday.

South Africa prevailed by six runs in a tense finish after being sent in and making 192 for six.

South Africa posted 192-6 batting first with du Plessis cracking 78 off 45 balls and opener Reeza Hendricks 74 off 41.

The home team should have gone on to an even bigger total after it was well-set at 157-1 with five overs to go.

South Africa still had enough to win as Miller took four catches in the outfield and pulled off two brilliant run outs with direct hits.

Pakistan could manage only 186-9 in its 20 overs.

Pakistan has won 11 straight T20 series dating to 2016 but South Africa has a good chance of ending that impressive streak in this three-match contest.

South Africa additionally disregarded the loss of wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock for the arrangement with crotch damage, which was affirmed in a matter of seconds before the amusement at Newlands in Cape Town.

Brief scores:
South Africa 192 for 6 (Du Plessis 78, Hendricks 74, Shinwari 3-31) beat Pakistan 186 for 9 (Malik 49, Shamsi 2-33) by six runs

Faf and Hendricks put on 131 for the second wicket off only 73 balls.

Pakistan hit back with a whirlwind generally wickets to back the Proteas off.

Pakistan was on course right off the bat in its pursuit however Miller began to turn the amusement with an underhand flick to run out peril man Babar Azam for 38 at the non-striker's end. He additionally ran out Mohammad Rizwan with a low toss from the outfield and took sharp gets to dispose of Asif Ali (13), Imad Wasim (4), Hasan Ali (11) and chief Shoaib Malik (49).

Miller was man of the match just for his fielding a rare feat.


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