Pakistan beat South Africa in first T20I: Records broken

Rajdeep Saha
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Pakistan beat South Africa in first T20I: Records broken
Pakistan beat South Africa in first T20I: Records broken

12 Feb 2021: Pakistan beat South Africa in first T20I: Records broken

After sealing the Test series by a 2-0 margin, the Pakistan cricket team overcame South Africa by three runs in the first T20I.

Mohammad Rizwan's brilliant 64-ball 104* helped Pakistan post 169/6 in 20 overs.

In response, the South African cricket team took the game close but couldn't get past the line (166/6).

Here are further details on the same.

PAK vs SA: How did the match pan out?

Rizwan held the fort for Pakistan and played superbly. However, the rest of the Pakistani batsmen faltered as the side kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

Rizwan stood out with six fours and seven sixes at a strike rate of 162.50.

South Africa started well, adding 53 runs for the first wicket.

They were going with the asking rate but lost the crucial moments.

Wins: Pakistan improve their head-to-head record against SA

This was the 15th meeting between the two sides in T20Is.

Pakistan sealed their seventh victory as South Africa hold the edge (8 wins).

This was also Pakistan's second successive T20I victory against SA.

Pakistan's 169/6 is their fourth-highest total against the Proteas in T20Is.

Meanwhile, this was South Africa's fourth-highest T20I total against Pakistan (166/6).

Fact: Rizwan becomes second Pakistani batsman to hit a T20I ton

Rizwan slammed his maiden career T20I century. He became the 14th Pakistani batsman to get past the 400-run mark in T20Is (417). He is also just the second Pakistani player to hit a T20I century after Ahmed Shehzad.

Fact: Hendricks surpasses Kallis' tally, Babar registers unwanted stat

Reeza Hendricks (54) slammed his fifth career T20I fifty. He has raced to 690 career T20I runs and surpassed Jacques Kallis (666). Hendricks is now the eighth-highest scorer for SA in T20Is. Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Babar Azam (0) tallied his second career T20I duck.