Pretorius with 5-wicket haul propels South Africa to victory in second T20 towards Pakistan

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South Africa’s Dwaine Pretorius (L) celebrates after taking the wicket of Pakistan’s Muhammad Nawaz (R) through the second T20 worldwide cricket match between Pakistan and South Africa on the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on February 13, 2021. AFP/Arif Ali

LAHORE: South African quick bowler Dwaine Pretorius stole the present on Saturday with the perfect figures for the Proteas within the shortest format to propel his staff to a victory towards Pakistan by six wickets within the second Twenty20 worldwide in Lahore on Saturday.

The 31-year-old grabbed 5-17 to maintain Pakistan all the way down to 144-7 in 20 overs earlier than Pite van Biljon (42) and Reeza Hendricks (42) took South Africa previous the modest goal in 16.2 overs.

It was a canny efficiency by Pretorius who marginally improved on the earlier finest figures by a South African, 5-19 by medium pacer Ryan McLaren towards the West Indies at North Sound in 2010.

Mohammad Rizwan top-scored for Pakistan with a 41-ball 51 laced with six boundaries and a six whereas Faheem Ashraf hit two boundaries and as many sixes in his 12-ball 30 not out.

Pakistan’s lanky paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi gave his staff a perfect begin by dismissing Janneman Malan with the second ball of the innings and Jon-Jon Smuts within the following over, ending with 2-18 in three overs.

But Hendricks and Biljon punished some erratic bowling throughout their 77-run third wicket stand earlier than each fell in successive overs.

Hendricks, who hit three sixes and as many boundaries in his 30-ball knock, was lastly caught off leg-spinner Usman Qadir within the 12th over. Biljon hit two sixes and three boundaries off 32 balls earlier than he returned a delicate vanguard again to left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz.

David Miller (25 not out) and skipper Heinrich Klaasen (17 not out) added 40 in an unbroken fifth wicket stand to see their staff throughout the road.

“I am happy that I have contributed to the victory,” stated Pretorius. “We had a plan in bowling and we executed them well for this nice win.”

The sequence decider will even be in Lahore on Sunday.

“It will be a big night on Sunday and I hope that we can pull off a series win,” stated Klaasen.

Pakistan have been as soon as once more lifted by Rizwan who adopted his 89 towards New Zealand in December and 104 not out within the first match with one other excellent knock.

After shedding the toss, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam opened the batting however was quickly on his method again to the pavilion as Pretorius trapped him leg earlier than within the second over.

At 48-6, the home aspect have been struggling however Rizwan, who turned solely the fifth Pakistani batsman to attain three consecutive T20I fifties, added 45 for the fourth wicket with Iftikhar Ahmed who made 20.

Mohammad Hafeez (twice), Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal and Azam have beforehand hit three fifties in successive T20I matches.

Rizwan lastly departed for 51, holing out to Andile Phehlukwayo after falling for a Pretorius slower ball.

Pretorius additionally eliminated Iftikhar and Khushdil Shah for 15 earlier than yorking Nawaz for a second-ball duck, as he took multiple wicket for the primary time in his 13-match T20 worldwide profession.