South Africa won the T20 International series 2-0 © AFP (File Photo)

Nov 15, 2013

South Africa beat Pakistan by six runs in the second T20 International to win the series 2-0 at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday.

Pakistan’s innings got off to a good start as the openerts put on 39 runs in the first five overs before they lost opener Ahmed Shehzad. The visitors seemed to take control of the situation from thereon as they managed to dismiss skipper Mohammad Hafeez for a duck for the second consecutive time in the series.

However, Pakistan took charge from theron as Shoaib Malik, Shoaib Maqsood and Umar Akmal helped them reach the target of 151.

However, a flurry of wicket made the target look tougher than it was with five overs remaining.

Wayne Parnell was the wrecker-in-chief as he bagged three crucial wickets for the visitors.

Earlier, the South African openers repaid the faith of the skipper as they took the visitors off to a good start after Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bat.

Quinton de Kock was the aggressor in the opening stand as he contributed 30 off the 37 runs that the duo put on. However, he perishes as soon as Saeed Ajmal is brought into the attack in a bid to slog, but edges the ball to Umar Amin at mid-wicket. His breezy 19-ball innings included six boundaries.

Amla held the fort from one end as he was joined by du Plessis at the fall of the first wicket. They put on 78 runs off 60 balls, before Amla falls two short of a half-century. He smashed three fours and two sixes.

Du Plessis remained unbeaten on 58. His 48-ball knock included a boundary and three sixes.

For the hosts, it was Ajmal again who posed trouble to the opposition batsmen with his spin and guile. He returned with figures of three for 25.

Brief scores:

South Africa 150 for 5 in 20 overs (Hashim Amla 48, Faf du Plessis 58*; Saeed Ajmal 3 for 25) beat Pakistan 144 in 9 in 20 overs overs (Shoaib Maqsood 37; Wayne Parnell 3 for 22) by 6 runs

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