South African all-rounder George Linde picked three wickets as the hosts clawed again from the loss within the opening T20 International to defeat Pakistan by six wickets within the second match at Johannesburg on Monday.
Linde’s (3/23) left-arm spin restricted the guests to 140 for 9 within the allotted 20 overs after they elected to bat. Had it not been for a gritty 50 off 50 delivers from Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, and his 58-run partnership with Mohammad Hafeez, the guests would have folded up a lot earlier.
South Africa notched up the required runs for the lack of 4 wickets with six overs to spare. Aiden Markram’s breezy 30-ball 54 and skipper Heinrich Klassen’s unbeaten 36 helped the house workforce stage the collection 1-1 with two matches remaining.
After his stellar present with the ball, Linde chipped in with an unbeaten 20.
Pakistan had earlier gained a thriller of a contest once they chased down South Africa’s combating 188/6 with one ball remaining within the opening match of the T20I collection performed on the identical venue.
The guests have already gained the one-day worldwide collection 2-1.
The third and fourth matches of the T20I collection might be performed in Centurion on April 14 and 16, respectively.
Brief scores: Pakistan 140 for 9 in 20 overs (Babar Azam 50; George Linde 3/23, Lizaard Williams 3/35) misplaced to South Africa 141 for 4 in 14 overs (Aiden Markram 54, Heinrich Klaasen 36*; Usman Qadir 2-26) by six wickets.