South Africa vs Pakistan 2nd T20: Miller’s blitz hands South Africa unassailable 2-0 lead

David Miller 65 not out South Africa Pakistan 2nd T20 Johannesburg cricket

David Miller hammered four boundaries and five sixes during his unbeaten knock of 65

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South Africa stand-in captain David Miller led by example as he smashed a 29-ball 65 to lead his side to a seven-run win over Pakistan in the second Twenty20 International in Johannesburg.

Miller’s heroics with the bat also saw South Africa seal the series as they secured an unassailable 2-0 lead.

Being put in to bat first, South Africa got off to a great start as Reeza Hendricks and debutant Janneman Malan amassed a 57-run partnership before Malan was stumped by Mohammad Rizwan off the bowling of Imad Wasim for 33.

Hendricks went on to score 28 before he was run out by Shadab Khan.

Rassie van der Dussen hammered a 27-ball 45, which included a boundary and four sixes, before he was caught by Wasim at long-off off the bowling of Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Miller took over from that point and dominated the 62-run partnership he put together with Heinrich Klaasen.

Miller ended up making 65, which came off 29 balls and included four boundaries and five sixes, as South Africa finished on 188/3.

Wasim and Afridi picked up one wicket apiece.

Chasing 189 to win, Pakistan made a good start to their innings as Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam forged a 45-run partnership before Zaman was caught by Malan at deep square leg off the bowling of Beuran Hendricks for 14.

Azam and Hussain Talat kept the runs flowing with a 102-run stand, during which Azam surpassed his fifty and was approaching his hundred.

However, he never reached the triple figure mark as he was caught by Junior Dala at midwicket off the bowling of Beuran Hendricks for 90, which came off 58 balls and included 13 boundaries and a six.

Asif Ali fell shortly after, while Talat ended up making a 41-ball 55, which included seven boundaries and a six, before he was clean bowled by Chris Morris.

Once Talat was gone, Pakistan completely collapsed as they went from 168/4 to finishing on 181/7.

Andile Phehlukwayo was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Morris and Beuran Hendricks claimed two wickets each.

Miller was named Man of the Match.

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