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George Linde set the tone for the new ball. The fellow bowlers also got mesmerized by that tune. Only Babar Azam fought in front of them. The South African batsmen did the rest of the work by beating Pakistan by a few runs. The hosts won the series with ease.

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South Africa won the second T20 by 6 wickets in Johannesburg on Monday. Aiden Markram’s stormy fifty in the 141-run target with 36 balls left.

The four-match series is now tied at 1-1. South Africa is playing the series without a number of regular players.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat at the Wanderers Stadium, losing two openers by 10 runs. Mohammad Rizwan, the hero of the team’s unbeaten fifty in the first match, got the bitter taste of Golden Duck this time. The keeper-batsman caught mid-off the first ball of Lind’s match.

Left-arm spinner Linde returned Sharjeel Khan in the next over to Fakhar Zaman due to illness. Sharjeel, who is playing his first international match since being banned for spot-fixing in the 2017 PSL, made six off 12 balls.

At last Pakistan 1-1 South Africa

The visitors handled the opening push with the bat of Babar and Mohammad Hafeez. Hafeez, 40, hit some great boundaries. Linde broke the 58-run partnership by catching him back in the attack in the eleventh over. Hafeez made 32 off 23 balls in an innings of 6 fours.

No other pair could touch 25 wickets at regular intervals. Tabriz Shamsi did not allow Haider Ali to stand. Lizaad Williams quickly dismissed Fahim Ashraf and Hasan Ali.

Babar pulled the team at a slow pace. Fifty takes his 49 balls. After that he became bold, says Sisanda Magala. The Pakistan captain made exactly 50 runs in 5 fours from 50 balls.

South Africa got off to a flying start with Markram and Yaneman Malan batting. He made 38 runs in the first four overs. Hasan broke the 44-run stand by returning Yaneman in the next over. The right-handed batsman made 15 runs off 10 balls with 2 sixes.

Mohammad Hasnain hit three fours off four balls before returning to Wihan Lubbe. In aggressive batting, Markram touched fifty off 28 balls. Leg-spinner Usman Qadir was caught in the long-on for a six and ended his 54-run innings. 3 sixes with 7 fours in 30 ball innings.

Usman then did not let Peet van Biljon stand. Saren Heinrich Klaasen made the rest of the 49-run partnership with Lind 22 balls.

Klaassen, who led the team in the absence of Temba Babuma, was unbeaten on 36 off 21 balls with four fours and a six. Linde made 20 runs off 10 balls with 2 sixes. He also won the man of the match award for all-around skill.

At last South Africa won by 6 wickets in hand.

By Alex

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