Jamshed’s wicket costs Pakistan dear as they lose by four runs at the end of the rain-marred first T20I
Shortly before a storm broke over the stadium, Faf du Plessis, the South African captain, called up JP Duminy to bowl his off-spinners, and Duminy caught Nasir Jamshed off his own bowling with his third delivery.
Only ten more deliveries were possible before play was halted. Pakistan was 60 for 2 after 9.1 overs, four runs short of a revised par score after South Africa made 153 for 7 in their 20 overs. Jamshed's wicket meant that the target was pushed just out of Pakistan's reach.
Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla gave South Africa a flying start, putting on 72 for the first wicket before Amla was bowled by Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan captain and off-spinner, for 31 off 20 balls.
De Kock made 43 off 33 deliveries before he was well caught at long-on by Sohail Tanvir off Hafeez.
A third wicket fell to slow bowling in the space of 15 runs when Shahid Afridi bowled Henry Davids for three.
The success of the slower men made it puzzling that Pakistan made a late switch in its team, leaving out Saeed Ajmal, the off-spinner, at the last minute, causing a delay in the toss.
With play starting 25 minutes late following a thunderstorm, Hafeez said it was the first time he had seen the pitch. Junaid Khan, not originally named, took the field instead of Ajmal after Hafeez sent South Africa in.
Hafeez and Afridi took three wickets between them for 39 in their combined eight overs as the South African innings lost momentum.
South Africa's defence of its total started badly when Lonwabo Tsotsobe's first deliveries were called wide, with one going for an extra four runs. But Tsotsobe came back strongly and bowled Ahmed Shehzad for nine in an unbroken four-over spell of 1 for 19.
Shehzad and Hafeez put on 32 and Pakistan looked well placed before it was thwarted by Duminy and the rain.
South Africa won both Twenty20 matches in the United Arab Emirates last week before the teams travelled to South Africa for a reciprocal series. A second and final game will be played in Cape Town on Friday before the teams clash in three One-Day Internationals.