An unbeaten half-century from Tazmin Brits and disciplined bowling led by Shabnim Ismail helped the Proteas women defeat Pakistan by eight wickets in the opening T20I at Kingsmead on Friday.
Brits, who struck an unbeaten 52 off 54 balls (3 fours), as South Africa comfortably chased down a 125-run victory target with six deliveries to spare.
Brits shared in a key 69-run second-wicket partnership with Marizanne Kapp - another player that enjoyed a stellar game by being the pick of the bowlers with three for 24 and also striking 28 off 27 balls with the bat.
Before that, however, Ismail became only the fourth woman in T20Is to claim 100 wickets as grabbed two for 20 in four overs.
Ismail that claimed the accolades by joining the rare 100 club that so far includes just three others: West Indian Anisa Mohammed (120), Australia's Ellyse Perry (114) and Anya Shrubsole (102) of England.
The Asian side lost wickets regularly throughout and had to rely on middle-order trio of Kainat Imtiaz (24), Ayesha Naseem (31) and Nida Dar (22) not out to get them to a competitive total. Only Muneeba Ali (21) amongst the top four managed to cross the 20 mark.
Apart from Kapp and Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka (1/24) and Masabata Klaas (1/22) also managed a wicket each.
For Pakistan to have a chance their bowlers needed to strike early, but that never happened as Lizelle Lee (22) and Brits provided a solid start for the home side.
They put on 38 together before the former fell to Aiman Answer (2/29), but Kapp then arrived and picked up the pace, before Laura Wolvaardt (15*), batting in her new middle-order role, arrived to finish the job.
The second T20 is scheduled to get underway on Sunday at 15:30. South Africa sealed the ODI series 3-0 earlier this week.
Scores in brief:
Pakistan 124/8 (Naseem 31, Kapp 3/24)
South Africa 125/2 in 19 overs (Brits 52*, Anwer 2/29)
Result: South Africa win by 8 wickets
- Cricket South Africa