CRICKET NEWS - Shadab Khan impressed with bat and ball as Pakistan won by 27 runs at Centurion on Wednesday night, for the Proteas to win the series 2-1.
It might not have been the performance they were hoping for, but the Proteas can leave this series with their heads held high, after beating the world No 1 side with what was largely a makeshift side.
It was certainly one for David Miller to remember. After becoming the first man in T20 international history to win Man of the Match for his fielding performance in the first match, Miller, who captained the last two matches, backed that up with the bat in the second encounter.
"Tonight was disappointing but we’re really chuffed with a series win against the best T20 team in the world," said South African stand-in captain David Miller. "We’ve beaten them with a young side. There’s a lot of depth in South African cricket."
"A win is always something that gives you satisfaction," said Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik. "Our youngsters have learnt a lot from this tour and we played really good white-ball cricket."
Shoaib lost the toss but admitted he was happy to bat first, and at first it showed as Babar Azam got off to a rollicking start.
The world's No 1 T20 batsman Babar smashed Junior Dala for three boundaries as they raced to 18-0 off the first two overs. But his momentum got the better of him as he chipped one to cover to fall for an 11-ball 23.
Lutho Sipamla bowled superbly in the first match, but he failed to find his line in the first over as Fakhar Zaman took a liking and hit 17 off him. Zaman would eventually fall for Hendricks' first wicket, but Pakistan found some more stability through Shoaib and Mohammad Rizwan.