Pakistan level series

2013-11-23 00:00

CAPE TOWN — A wonderful bowling spell from Shahid Afridi handed Pakistan a series-levelling victory by six runs over the Proteas in the second KFC T20 International at Sahara Park Newlands in Cape Town last night.

Afridi claimed 3-28 in his four overs to put the skids under South Africa after Hashim Amla (48) and Quinton de Kock (26) gave the Proteas a good start by adding 58 for the first wicket.

Afridi took a wicket in each of his first three overs, as he dismissed De Kock, caught by Nasir Jamshed, followed by Faf du Plessis (six) and then clean bowling AB de Villiers (13).

JP Duminy (47 not out) and David Miller (22 not out) tried valiantly to get the Proteas over the line, but a very good final over from Sohail Tanvir (0-34 in three overs) denied the Proteas a fourth consecutive victory.

Amla faced 40 balls while hitting five boundaries. Duminy, known for keeping the scoreboard ticking by rotating the strike, faced just 26 deliveries as he hit three fours and two maximums.

The Proteas now face Pakistan in three One-Day Internationals, beginning at Newlands tomorrow.

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