Proteas win nail-biter against Pakistan at Wanderers

Faf du Plessis has been rested for the last two T20 Is

However, Miller was concerned when Pakistan were 70-1 after the powerplay, Babar Azam (90) leading the charge, and admitted he felt lost at sea.

At that stage Azam was on 46 (23 balls), he found an ideal foil in Hussain Talat who was happy to play second fiddle while Babar showed young batsman that you can be just as effective as anyone playing "proper" cricket strokes.

Skipper Sarfraz is now serving a four-match suspension for calling South African all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo "a black man" but feels that too much was made of the incident.

"We had the game but we couldn't finish it", said Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik. Lutho Sipamla on debut bowled well to contain Pakistan in the middle overs, along with Tabraiz Shamsi and Andile Phehlukwayo.

Earlier in the day, David Miller led South Africa's charge at the death overs to guide them to an impressive 188 for 3 after being asked to bat first.

The pick of the action from Johannesburg as South Africa ended Pakistan's 11-series winning streak in T20 internationals.

After the jaw-dropping game at the Newlands in Cape Town, the second T20I between Pakistan and South Africa at the New Wanderers turned out to be a cliffhanger. The slower delivery once again came to South Africa's rescue three balls later as Malik just failed to clear the man at the midwicket boundary which eventually sealed his side's fate. South Africa started slowly but stand-in captain David Miller plundered an unbeaten 65 off 29 balls as the hosts scored 127 runs off the last ten overs, including 29 off the final over bowled by Usman Shinwari.

New cap Janneman Malan and Reeza Hendricks put on 58 for the first wicket but used up 53 balls.

Rassie van der Dussen hit four sixes in a quickfire innings of 45 off 27 balls to lift the scoring rate before Miller finished the innings with some ferocious hitting.

However, after striking five boundaries, the 22-year-old went for one shot too many - coming down the pitch to spinner Imad Wasim and was easily stumped for 33.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to field at a ground known for exciting chases.

Left-arm fast bowler Shinwari conceded 63 runs off his four overs.

They replaced captain Faf du Plessis, who is being rested for the final two matches of the series, and batsman-wicketkeeper Gihahn Cloete. Admits that he was wary that a big David Miller knock was always around the corner and they had different backup plans for his attack but they could not materialize.



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