Pakistan beat South Africa by 9 wickets in the third T20 match thanks to a brilliant century by captain Babar Azam and a half-century by Mohammad Rizwan.
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan put on 197, the fourth-highest T20I partnership overall, and the highest ever in a chase.
Pakistan achieved the target of 204 runs given by South Africa in the 18th over.
In this match being played in Centurion on Wednesday, Pakistan decided to field first after winning the toss against South Africa.
The national team captain’s decision proved to be wrong when the South African openers crossed the 100 marks in the first 10 overs without losing a wicket.
In the eleventh over of the innings, Aiden Markram was dismissed for smoky 63-run innings, but the home team’s score did not slow down.
One batsman after another came on the wicket and contributed and thus South Africa put up a mountain-like total of 203 runs on the board.
In addition to Markram, South Africa’s Yaniman Milan scored 55, Vander Dawson 34, George Linda 22, and Heinrich Klaassen 15 runs.
For Pakistan, Muhammad Nawaz took two wickets while Hassan Ali, Fahim Ashraf, and Shaheen Afridi took one wicket each.
In pursuit of the target, Muhammad Rizwan and captain Babar Azam’s partnership made the 204 runs also fell short for the Proteas to defend.
Babar Azam hit 122 runs, comprising a whopping 15 fours and four sixes, while Mohammad Rizwan scored an unbeaten 73 runs, with five fours and two sixes leading the team to a crucial victory.
Here is how Twitter reacting to Babar Azam’s brilliant knock:
بابر اعظم اور پاکستان ٹیم کا پاکستانی قوم کو رمضان کا بہترین تحفہ. کمال کی بیٹنگ کی ہے. @babarazam258 زندہ باد. پاکستان زندہ باد— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) April 14, 2021
Congratulations team Pakistan🇵🇰 for chasing such a big total. Take a bow @babarazam258 for the fantastic century and what a knock by @iMRizwanPak, Pakistan's highest opening partnership in T20Is!👏. What a start to this miraculous month!— Fawad Alam (@iamfawadalam25) April 14, 2021
#PAKvSA #PCB #HarHaalMainCricket
Never have I ever seen such convincing run chase , risk free, full of class !— Farhan Saeed (@farhan_saeed) April 14, 2021
Take a bow @babarazam258 , what an innings, what class , this one was for the books ! @iMRizwanPak what a great knock!
Congratulations @TheRealPCB .#PAKvSA
After Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammed Rizwan.Babar Azam is the third Pakistani batsman to score a hundred in T20 Internationals#PAKvSA— Mirza Iqbal Baig (@mirzaiqbal80) April 14, 2021
اگر وہ پوچھیں تمہارے پاس کیا ہے ؟؟؟؟— Shoaib Jatt (@Shoaib_Jatt) April 14, 2021
بول دینا ہمارے پاس کنگ بابر ہے !!!!! pic.twitter.com/W1GJGWeorm
Brilliant Babar with Supreme authority wins another series. #PAKvSA— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) April 14, 2021
– First Pakistani captain to score a T20I hundred.— Team Babar Azam (@Team_BabarAzam) April 14, 2021
– Highest score by a Pakistani batsman in T20Is.
– Fastest T20I hundred by a Pakistani batsman.
– Third Pakistani to score a hundred in all three formats.
Babar Azam – One man, many stories. #BabarAzam #PAKvSA pic.twitter.com/M9FW0hi8Mh