In-form wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan hit a maiden hundred as Pakistan edged out South Africa by three runs in an exhilarating final over end to first Twenty20 international in Lahore on Thursday. Needing 19 to win off the final over, Bjorn Fortuin (17 not out) and Dwaine Pretorius (15 not out) managed 15 as pacer Faheem Ashraf held his nerves to maintain South Africa right down to 166-6 in 20 overs. Rizwan’s cracking 64-ball 104 not out had six boundaries and 7 sixes — most sixes by a Pakistan batsman in a Twenty20 worldwide — to raise the hosts to 169-6.
He then ran out the vacationers’ top-scorer Reeza Hendricks (54) within the 18th over to anchor the win.
Hendricks and Janneman Malan (44) had given the guests a strong 53-run begin by the seventh over earlier than leg-spinner Usman Qadir took two overs in successive overs to derail South Africa.
South Africa’s most skilled batsmen David Miller (six) and skipper Heinrich Klaasen (12) additionally did not raise the tempo.
Hendricks’s fifth Twenty20 worldwide fifty had eight boundaries off 42 balls whereas Malan hit eight boundaries and a six off simply 29 balls.
For Pakistan, Qadir took 2-21 and quick bowler Haris Rauf completed with 2-44.
It was Rizwan all by Pakistan’s 20 overs of batting.
Rizwan, who scored his maiden Check hundred in Pakistan’s second Check win in Rawalpindi earlier this week, added 68 for the second wicket with Haider Ali who made 21.
It lifted Pakistan — despatched in to bat — from a disastrous begin which noticed skipper and prime batsman Babar Azam run out off the second ball of the match for nought.
Azam hit a drive off spinner Fortuin and ran for single however the bowler threw the stump on the non-striker finish with a direct throw.
Rizwan held the innings at one finish, altering gears within the 11th over when he hit three sixes off pacer Junior Dala to achieve his fifty.
On his method to hundred he was dropped twice on 83 and 96 however he smashed medium pacer Andile Phehlukwayo over the deep mid-wicket boundary for his seventh six to finish hundred off 63 balls.
Rizwan is the one second Pakistan batsmen to attain a Twenty20 worldwide century behind Ahmed Shehzad who achieved the feat in Dhaka towards Bangladesh within the World Cup seven years in the past.
Phehlukwayo was one of the best South Africa bowler with 2-33.
The remaining two matches will likely be performed on Saturday and Sunday, additionally in Lahore.
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