Mohammad Hafeez (left) put in an allround performance to help Pakistan beat South Africa in a convincing fashion in the second T20 at Centurion © AFP (Representation pic)
Centurion: Mar 3, 2013
South Africa‘s dream run came crashing down to reality as they were skittled out for 100 against Pakistan in the 2nd T20 at Centurion, handing the visitors a massive 95-run victory.
Hafeez hammered 86 and took three wickets for 25 runs, while fast bowler Umar Gul took five for six as South Africa collapsed to 100 all out in reply to Pakistan’s 195 for seven in what was effectively a series decider after the first match in Durban was washed out.
Appointed Pakistan’s captain in the shortest form of the game, Hafeez thrashed four sixes and nine fours off 50 balls and when he reached 73 became the first Pakistani to reach 1,000 runs in T20 internationals.
His innings was in dramatic contrast to his struggles in a three-match Test series which ended last week, in which he could score only 43 runs in six innings at an average of 7.16
A second wicket partnership of 83 off 48 balls with Ahmed Shehzad (46) set Pakistan on target for a massive total but the innings lost momentum when Hafeez was out off the third ball of the 17th over, with the total on 170.
Hafeez slipped as he stepped back in his crease to hit Rory Kleinveldt to the cover boundary and he dislodged his bails.
South Africa made a flying start, with AB de Villiers batting audaciously as the home side reached 48 for one in four overs.
But Gul then took four wickets in six balls, spread across two overs, as the match swung irrevocably in Pakistan’s favour.
In between, de Villiers was bowled by Mohammad Irfan for 36, made off 22 balls with two sixes and four fours.
(with inputs from AFP)
Brief Scores: Pakistan 195 for 7 in 20 overs (Mohammad Hafeez 86, Ahmed Shehzad 46; Rory Klienveldt 2 for 27) beat South Africa 100 in 12.2 overs (AB de Villiers 36, Rory Klienveldt 22; Umar Gul 5 for 6, Mohammad Hafeez 3 for 25) by 95 runs
Man of the Match: Mohammad Hafeez