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Pakistan 169/6 (20 ov)
South Africa 166/6 (20 ov)
Pakistan won by 3 runs.
Player of the match: Mohammad Rizwan
Pakistan win the 1st T20I by 3 runs!

Right then, that brings an end to our coverage of the 1st T20 International between Pakistan & South Africa. We hope you enjoyed the coverage. Stay tuned to Sportskeeda for the latest news as well as live commentaries from all across the globe. This is me, Abhinav Kumar, and my colleague, Maanas Upadhyay, signing off. Stay safe!
Post-Match Comments: -

Usman Qadir: - I wanted to bowl dot balls and put pressure on the batsmen. There was some dew on the surface, but we did manage to keep the run-rate down. I was told to bowl slower through the air not to push through and that's exactly what I managed to do.

Heinrich Klaasen | South Africa Captain: - A little bit disappointing with the result. Hopefully we can get things right in the second game. Hopefully, we can take good memories back home.

Player of the Match | Mohammad Rizwan of Pakistan: - This match was important for us. There was some pressure at the start. We read the pitch well. I try to adjust and improve on my shot-making.

Babar Azam | Pakistan captain: - The boys put in a great effort. We gave some runs in the PowerPlay but the spinners brought us back in the game. Usman was really good today. There was some grip on the pitch and was assisting the spinners. In the end, the fast bowlers came back to pull it off. It was slow and wasn't coming nicely to the bat initially. Rizwan showed application and was outstanding. We feel confident. We are improving on our fielding as well.
What a cracking game of T20 International cricket we have seen today at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, as Pakistan just about overcome a spirited fight from a very young South Africa side, as they win by a measly 3 runs, by restricting South Africa to 166/6 in reply to the 169/6 that Pakistan racked up in their innings. Reeza Hendricks top-scored for the Proteas with a well constructed & a fighting 54 from 42 balls, while his opening partner Janneman Malan started off like a rocket at the top of the chase, with a stirring 44 from 29 balls, but apart from the opening pair, there wasn't much else from the other batsmen, as both David Miller & the debutant Jacques Snyman going very cheaply for single-digit scores, while captain Heinrich Klaasen got a 10-ball 12, Andile Phehlukwayo got to 14 off 8 balls, but towards the end, Dwaine Pretorius & Bjorn Fortuin tried to keep the fight going with a 15*(6) and 17*(9) respectively. The bane for the South African batsmen today was their lack of control against spin & that is what Pakistan fed them, with leg-spinner Usman Qadir ending up as the pick of the Pakistani bowlers with 2/21 from his 4 overs & Mohammad Nawaz also bowled a really tight spell of 0/21 from his 4 overs, which choked the run-scoring for South Africa in the middle overs. Amongst the faster bowlers, Haris Rauf was a little expensive, but got a couple of wickets to end up with 2/44 in his 4 overs, while Shaheen Shah Afridi ended wicketless with figures of 0/37 in his 4 overs, but he did bowl quite well in most parts of his spell & all-rounder Faheem Ashraf, who bowled the final over ended up with 1/37 in his 3 overs & the 1 over bowled by left-arm spinner Khushdil Shah went for 6 runs.
Over: 20 | Summary: 1 1 6 1 4 2 Bowler: Faheem Ashraf Score: 166/6
19.6 Faheem Ashraf to Bjorn Fortuin, full ball on the leg stump, Fortuin drags the heave towards deep backward square leg and the batsmen return for the second. Definitely not the six runs that they needed and with that Pakistan edge past South Africa by just 3 runs!
19.5 Faheem Ashraf to Bjorn Fortuin, FOUR! SHOT! Shuffles across a long way, sends the full ball on the off stump over the short fine leg fielder for a boundary! 6 runs needed off the last ball!
19.4 Faheem Ashraf to Dwaine Pretorius, full toss on the off stump, Pretorius cannot get that over the rope as he slaps that down to long off for a single. 10 runs off 2 balls needed
19.3 Faheem Ashraf to Dwaine Pretorius, SIX! BANG! Overpitched delivery on the leg stump, Pretorius effortlessly flicks that over the long on fielder for a huge maximum! 11 runs required off 3 balls now!
19.2 Faheem Ashraf to Bjorn Fortuin, brilliant yorker on the middle stump, Fortuin jams that out towards long on for a single. 17 needed off 4 balls now
19.1 Faheem Ashraf to Dwaine Pretorius, full ball on the off stump, Pretorius clears his front foot and crunches that down to long off for a single. 
A vital 10 run over for South Africa & after 19 overs, they are 151/6, with 19 runs needed off the last over, which will be bowled by Faheem Ashraf. There could be a grandstand finish on the cards...
Over: 19 | Summary: 0 4 0 0 4 2 Bowler: Shaheen Afridi Score: 151/6
18.6 Shaheen Shah Afridi to Bjorn Fortuin, length ball outside off, Fortuin gets on his toes and slaps that to the right of the sweeper cover fielder for a couple of runs. A misfield by the fielder there but he does well to recover and keep the ball from going to the fence
18.5 Shaheen Shah Afridi to Bjorn Fortuin, FOUR! Nails the yorker on the middle stump, Fortuin gets his bat down just in time. Gets the outside edge that runs away to the third man fence!
Shaheen is bowling a superb over here, just 4 runs off the 4 balls. He's not giving Fortuin any room to try and get runs from his bowling, barring that streaky boundary off the second ball.
18.4 Shaheen Shah Afridi to Bjorn Fortuin, no run, pacy short ball outside off, Fortuin moves across a long way and looks to ramp that over fine leg. Cannot connect and that is another dot ball
18.3 Shaheen Shah Afridi to Bjorn Fortuin, no run, slower length ball outside off, a wild swing by Fortuin but to no avail as he is undone by the change of pace.
Runs, however streaky, will count here for the Proteas. They need a few more of these.
18.2 Shaheen Shah Afridi to Bjorn Fortuin, FOUR! STREAKY! Length ball outside off, Fortuin makes room and looks to heave it into the leg side. Gets the outside edge that flies over the outstretched arm of the third man fielder for a boundary!
18.1 Shaheen Shah Afridi to Bjorn Fortuin, coming around the wicket, yorker on the fourth stump line, Fortuin looks to hoick it but cannot get bat on ball. Brilliant delivery first up
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