Muhammad Rizwan’s excellent batting helped Pakistan beat South Africa by 4 wickets in the first T20 match to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

In the first T20 match of the series played in Johannesburg, South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first.

Muhammad Rizwan Excellent Batting
Muhammad Rizwan batted well and scored a half-century. | PC: AFP

The host openers gave their team a 31-run lead, after which Mohammad Nawaz sent Janman Milan, who scored 24 runs, off.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat. Photo courtesy of PCB
Wehan Lobe, who played the first match, failed to make a special impression and became the wicket of Hassan Ali who scored 4 runs.

After losing two wickets, Aiden Mercrum and captain Henry Klaassen supported the team and paved the way for their team to reach the big total by forming a partnership of 62 runs.

Markram scored 51 runs with the help of 8 fours and a six after which Nawaz overcame them with the help of Rizwan behind the wickets.

Klaassen continued to bat aggressively, scoring a superb half-century as well as a 61-run partnership with Pete Van Baljun, who became Hassan’s wicket after scoring 50 off 28 balls with four sixes and two fours.

On one occasion, South Africa had scored 159 for 3 in 16 overs and it looked as if they would easily manage to score more than 200 runs, but in the final overs, the Pakistani bowlers bowled well to beat South Africa. Arman mixed in the dust.

Thanks to sixes and fours in the last over of the innings, South Africa managed to score 188 runs for the loss of 6 wickets.

Muhammad Nawaz and Hassan Ali were the most successful bowlers for Pakistan with two wickets each.

In pursuit of the target, openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan gave Pakistan a 41-run lead, after which the Pakistan captain’s 14-run innings came to an end.

Fakhr Zaman and Mohammad Rizwan put on a 45-run partnership but Fakhr Zaman, who piled up runs in the ODI series, went on to score 27 off the last ball of the 10th over of the innings.

Mohammad Hafeez could not make his 100th match memorable and after scoring only 13 runs, he gave a wicket to Tabriz Shamsi while the innings of young Haider Ali also came to an end at 14 runs.

The Pakistani team had not yet recovered from the loss that Muhammad Nawaz returned to the pavilion without scoring a run on the first ball and thus the Pakistan team also lost the fifth wicket.

After half the team was out, Rizwan did not give up and the batsman, who scored a half-century, along with Faheem Ashraf, took the team to the brink of victory.

Both the players batted aggressively in the face of a rising run rate and put up an impressive partnership of 48 runs.

This excellent partnership ended when Faheem Ashraf became the wicket of Lizad Williams after scoring 30 off 14 balls.

Despite the dismissal of Faheem Ashraf, the Pakistan team reached the target one ball earlier and won the match by 4 wickets.

With the victory in this match, the national team also took a 1-0 lead in the series.

Mohammad Rizwan batted well and hit an unbeaten 74 off 50 balls with two sixes and nine fours.

It should be noted that today’s match was the 100th T20 International match of his career by veteran all-rounder Muhammad Hafeez.

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