Linde, Markram star as Proteas trounce Pakistan to draw level in T20 series

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South African spinner George Linde (AFP)
South African spinner George Linde (AFP)
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The Proteas returned to winning ways as they cruised to a six-wicket win against Pakistan in the second T20 international at the Wanderers Stadium on Monday.

SCORECARD | Proteas v Pakistan, 2nd T20

The Proteas have now levelled the four-match T20 series 1-1, with the third T20 scheduled on Wednesday.

Set a target of 141, SA openers Janneman Malan and Aiden Markram got off to a solid start as the duo put on a 44-run stand.

However, the partnership was soon broken by Hasan Ali (1/16), who dismissed Malan for 15. Wihan Lubbe departed shortly for 12 as Markram continued his onslaught.

Markram smashed 54 off 30 balls, which included 7 fours and 3 sixes, before losing his wicket to Usman Qadir.

Qadir captured his second wicket when he dismissed Pite van Biljon for 2 as the Pakistan bowler ended with figures of 2 for 16.

Despite losing four wickets in their run-chase, Proteas stand-in skipper Heinrich Klaasen (36*) and bowling star George Linde (20*) steered his side to safety as they reached 141 for 4 with 36 balls to spare.

After Pakistan chose to bat first, the visitors were restricted to 140/9 in their allotted 20 overs. 

Pakistan got off to a shaky start when in-form Mohammad Rizwan (0) was caught off the first ball of the game to a delivery from SA spinner Linde.

Linde then went on to dismiss opener Sharjeel Khan (8) in his second over. 

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam soldiered on and put on a 58-run third-wicket partnership with Mohammad Hafeez (32) before Linde struck for the third time to see Hafeez depart.

Linde produced his best career figures of 3 for 23 and also assisted in the field with three catches.

Haider Ali (12) and Hasan (12) were the only two other batsmen to reach double figures against a much-improved Proteas bowling attack.

Azam top-scored with a run-a-ball 50 and but became Sisanda Magala's (1/32) first international wicket.

Fast bowler Lizaad Williams was in fiery form, picking up three wickets for 35 runs in his four overs.

The third T20 at SuperSport Park is scheduled to get under way at 14:30 on Wednesday.

Scores in brief:

Pakistan - 140/9 in 20 overs (Azam 50, Linde 3/23)

South Africa - 141/4 in 14 overs (Markram 54, Qadir 2/16)

Result: South Africa win by six wickets

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