South Africa vs Pakistan 1st T20: Du Plessis, Hendricks, Miller star as South Africa claim narrow win

Faf du Plesiss 78 South Africa Pakistan 1st T20 Cape Town cricket

Faf du Plessis struck six boundaries and four sixes during his knock of 78

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Captain Faf du Plessis and Reeza Hendricks smashed 78 and 74 respectively as South Africa skirted past Pakistan by six runs in the first Twenty20 International in Cape Town.

Du Plessis and Hendricks were well supported by David Miller, who took four catches and enforced two run outs.

Being put in to bat first, South Africa lost opener Gihahn Cloete early on as he was dismissed by Imad Wasim for 13.

Hendricks and Du Plessis made up for the loss of Cloete with a 131-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries.

Du Plessis ended up making a 45-ball 78, which included six boundaries and four sixes, before he was caught by Pakistan stand-in captain Shoaib Malik at mid-off off the bowling of Usman Khan Shinwari.

Rassie van der Dussen fell shortly after, while Hendricks went on to score a career-best 74, which came off 41 deliveries and included eight boundaries and two sixes, before he was removed by Shinwari.

Once Hendricks was gone, South Africa lost two quick wickets and went from 176/4 to finishing on 192/6.

Shinwari was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Wasim, Hasan Ali and Faheem Ashraf chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 193 to win, Pakistan were dealt a big blow on the third ball as Fakhar Zaman was caught by Reeza Hendricks off the bowling of Beuran Hendricks for four runs.

Babar Azam and Hussain Talat steadied things with an 81-run partnership before Talat was caught by Beuran Hendricks at long-off off the bowling of Tabraiz Shamsi for a 32-ball 40, which included five boundaries.

Azam went on to score 38 before he was run out by Miller.

Asif Ali only made 13 before he was caught by Miller at midwicket off the bowling of Chris Morris, while Wasim was also caught by Miller, but off the bowling of Shamsi.

Faheem fell shortly after, while Mohammad Rizwan was run out for two runs as Miller stopped an overthrow and scored a direct hit to catch him short of the crease.

With Hasan falling for 11 and Malik being dismissed by Morris in the final over for a 31-ball 49, which included five boundaries and a six, Pakistan ended up falling short of their target as they finished on 186/9.

Morris, Shamsi and Beuran Hendricks took two wickets apiece, while Andile Phehlukwayo claimed one.

Miller was named Man of the Match.

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