With the help of wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan’s unbeaten century, Pakistan defeated South Africa by three runs in the first T20 International cricket match on Thursday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Rizwan scored an unbeaten 104 off 64 balls with the help of six fours and seven sixes before Pakistan, who were invited to bat first, scored a challenging score of 169 for six.
McCallum’s record equaled
Wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan equaled Brendon McCallum’s record with this century. He became the second wicket-keeper batsman in the world after the former New Zealand cricketer to score a century in all three formats of cricket.
Pakistan vs South Africa first T20, see scorecard
Pakistan’s second century
Not this, he became the second batsman to score a T20I century for Pakistan. Before that, Ahmed Shehzad scored an unbeaten 111 for Pakistan against Bangladesh in 2014.
Such a match
Talking about the match, Hyder Ali (21) was the second big score after Rizwan. Reza Hendricks (54) and Jaaneman Malan (44) gave South Africa a good start by adding 53 runs for the first wicket but the team suffered a setback as the middle order faltered.
The lower-order batsmen, however, maintained South Africa’s hopes but eventually managed to reach 166 for six wickets. South Africa needed 19 runs in the last over. Dwayne Pretorius (15 not out) hit Faheem Ashraf for six.
Björn Fortune (17 not out) sent the fifth ball for four runs. South Africa needed six runs off the final ball to win but Fortune were able to take two runs. The second T20 will be played at the same venue on 13 February.