Pakistan registered a four-wicket win over South Africa to go 1-0 up within the four-match T20I sequence, with opening batsman Mohammad Rizwan starring with an unbeaten 74 off 50 balls.
Rizwan stitched three essential partnerships with Babar Azam (41), Fakhar Zaman (45) and Faheem Ashraf (48) through the 189-run chase to information Pakistan to an exciting win within the sequence opener at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.
Rizwan’s gritty knock was laced with 9 fours and two sixes. Faheem (30), Fakhar (27) and Babar (14) added some helpful runs and gave the assist that Rizwan was taking a look at to tug off Pakistan’s highest profitable run chase in T20Is.
Earlier, after opting to bat first, South Africa captain Heinrich Klaasen led from the entrance with 50 off 28 balls whereas opener Aiden Markram smashed 32-ball 51. Pite van Biljon (34 off 24) additionally made a helpful contribution down the order, however the overall total put up by the hosts wasn’t sufficient to limit Pakistan from reaching the end line.
“It was a bit difficult observe within the second innings. However the best way the skipper and I began within the Powerplay, it was good. Fakhar’s ODI innings was on my thoughts right this moment whereas taking part in on the way to play on this floor by taking a while early on.
“Worldwide cricket is at all times about stress. Message was additionally coming from dugout and hold going. We like that we now have good batsmen within the decrease order too,” Rizwan stated after successful the ‘Participant of the Match’ award.
Right here’s how Twitter reacted to Pakistan’s win:
Congratulations boys on successful the primary T20I of the sequence. Highest ever T20I chase for Pakistan. Effectively performed @iMRizwanPak, nice contribution by @iFaheemAshraf and effectively completed by @RealHa55an. Preserve combating until the top. Supporting my staff on each ball. #PakistanZindabad
— Shadab Khan (@76Shadabkhan) April 10, 2021
#pakvsSa Rizwon it! Nice knock and an awesome chase.
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) April 10, 2021
@iMRizwanPak Prime knock once more 👏👏👏. MashALLAH
— Salman Butt (@im_SalmanButt) April 10, 2021
I feel in 2035, we are going to activate the tv to see a sequence between South Africa and Pakistan and Mohammad Rizwan will nonetheless be batting. #SAvPAK
— Firdose Moonda (@FirdoseM) April 10, 2021
Excellent chase, high knock by @iMRizwanPak and fast cameo by @iFaheemAshraf and @RealHa55an helped us get via. It couldn’t have been potential with out the nice job achieved by the bowlers in the long run of our innings. #PakvRSA
— Azhar Mahmood (@AzharMahmood11) April 10, 2021
— Ahmad Shahzad 🇵🇰 (@iamAhmadshahzad) April 10, 2021
— Mir Hamza (@mirhamza_k) April 10, 2021
— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) April 10, 2021
What a win, effectively performed staff Pakistan. Sensible knock by Rizwan. Faheem’s batting was particular.
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) April 10, 2021
What a participant @iMRizwanPak is,carried the bat until the top,can adapt in all three codecs,actual fighter,good cameo by @iFaheemAshraf but it surely was the bowlers within the center that pulled issues again for Pakistan because it appeared like SA will make 220 at one level. #savpak
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) April 10, 2021
Mohammad Rizwan in final 5 T20Is is averaging 112.00 and hanging at 148.01.
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) April 10, 2021
Muhammad Rizwan in final 10 innings in T20s
— Abidullah (@577_abidullah) April 10, 2021
Mohammad Rizwan once more performed a beautiful knock. Discuss consistency 👏🏼
— S Hussain (@sabee_7) April 10, 2021
— Usama speaks Cricket 🏏 (@LeoUsamaa) April 10, 2021