Pakistan seals six-run win to draw the T20I series against South Africa 1-1
Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Akmal blasted half-centuries before Shahid Afridi secured a series-levelling victory for Pakistan in the second and final Twenty20 International against South Africa at Newlands on Friday (November 22).
Akmal blasted 64 off 37 deliveries with four sixes while Hafeez slammed 63 off 41 balls with three sixes as Pakistan reached 176 for 4.
In reply, South Africa had galloped to 58 for no loss in the first seven overs before Afridi's 3 for 28 halted its progress. South Africa finished with 170 for 4 -- falling short by six runs - courtesy an unbroken stand of 53 off 28 balls between JP Duminy and David Miller.
South Africa, however, was never quite in contention, despite scoring 19 off the penultimate over, bowled by Junaid Khan.
17 were needed off the final over and Sohail Tanvir sent down a combination of yorkers and low full tosses to as South Africa could only eke out 10 runs.
A 102-run stand off 57 balls for the third wicket between Hafeez and Akmal put South Africa's bowlers to the sword.
The innings gained momentum when Wayne Parnell was no-balled in the seventh over and Hafeez lofted the free hit over the square leg fence for the first six.
Hafeez clobbered two successive sixes off Aaron Phangiso in the 12th over before Akmal followed suit in an over which cost 21 runs.
Three overs later, Morne Morkel conceded 22 runs as Akmal hit successive deliveries for six, four and six again.
Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock gave South Africa a brisk start, but Afridi struck with his first delivery dislodging de Kock (26). Afridi took wickets in both of his next two overs, removing Faf du Plessis (6) and AB de Villiers (13).
Duminy (47 not out) and Miller (22 not out) were left with an uphill battle once Amla too perished for 48, caught in the deep off Saeed Ajmal.