Faf ‘de­lighted’ af­ter T20 se­ries vic­tory

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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.

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