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Shadab Khan smashed a quickfire 22 and took two wickets to lead Pakistan to a 27-run win over South Africa in the third Twenty20 International in Centurion.
Choosing to bowl first, South Africa got an early breakthrough as Pakistan opener Babar Azam was dismissed by Chris Morris for 23.
Fakhar Zaman, who opened the batting with Azam, scored 17 before he was caught by Tabraiz Shamsi at third man off the bowling of Beuran Hendricks.
Mohammad Rizwan and stand-in captain Shoaib Malik added 42 runs to the score before Rizwan was caught by Junior Dala at deep cover off the bowling of debutant Lutho Sipamla.
Once Rizwan was gone, Pakistan began to lose wickets at regular intervals, but Asif Ali’s 25 and Shadab’s unbeaten 22 off just eight balls helped their side finish on 168/9.
Hendricks was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Morris snapped up two wickets, and Sipamla and Andile Phehlukwayo chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 169 to win, South Africa lost opener Reeza Hendricks on the eighth ball as he was caught and bowled by Shaheen Shah Afridi for five runs.
Janneman Malan and Heinrich Klaasen fell shortly after, while stand-in skipper David Miller mustered 13 runs before he was caught and bowled by Shadab.
Rassie van der Dussen managed to score a 35-ball 41, which included two boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Malik at mid-off off the bowling of Faheem Ashraf.
South Africa began to lose wickets in a hurry after Van der Dussen’s dismissal, but Morris fought valiantly as he hammered a career-best 55 not out, which came off 29 balls and included five boundaries and three sixes.
Despite Morris’ late heroics, South Africa ended up falling well short of their target as they finished on 141/9 off their 20 overs.
Mohammad Amir was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Shadab and Faheem took two wickets apiece. As for Afridi and Imad Wasim, they claimed one wicket each.
Shadab was named Man of the Match.