Faf ‘delighted’ after T20 series victory
charged-up Proteas bowlers – this time it was not Dale Steyn, but Wayne Parnell, who took two wickets of his first two balls in the sixth over, and finished with 3-26, while Imran Tahir proved once against just how valuable he is to the Proteas. He took two wickets off two balls in the 15th over and ended with 2-21. Steyn did his bit as well as he took 2-20 – removing Sohail Tanvir (6) and the big-hitting Shahid Afridi (14).
After winning the toss and electing to bat the Proteas got off to a breezy start with Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla notching up 37 off 28 balls. The young De Kock, who had a dream start to the series with a superb unbeaten 48 in the opening game, smacked 30 off 18 balls with six boundaries.
Amla, who has battled with his timing, eventually got into his stride and played some delightful shots around the wicket and with his captain, Du Plessis, he added 78 off 10 overs. But just as he was close to his first half-century in this format he holed out to Shoaib Malik on the boundary off Saeed Ajmal for 48 – his highest Twenty20 score passing his previous best by just one run.
The Pakistan attack took a pasting and even lost a key bowler as the tall Mohammad Irfan broke down in his second over with a suspected hamstring problem.
Now the big man from Lahore, who worked hard on his fitness before the UAE tour, is doubtful to make the trip to South Africa with the Pakistanis, who arrive in the country later this evening.
The only bowler to come out of it with some respect was offspinner, Saeed Ajmal, who kept the South African batsmen in check to finish with 3-25 off his four overs.
Du Plessis struck an unbeaten 58 off 48 balls with a boundary and three sixes.