Colombo, Sep 28: Yet another fabulous performance by Pakistan as Umar Akmal and Umar Gul rose to the occasion after being seven down, to win by two wickets as they successfully chased the target set by South Africa in the Super Eights clash at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday.
Pakistan's top order collapsed yet again as South African bowlers were fantastic as they they conceded just 50 off 12 overs, as they had conceded 20 off the first two overs.
Turning point was Imran Nazir's wicket off Dale Steyn adn the introduction of Robin Peterson in the fourth over, as he claimed two wickets in the same over.
Botha, Kallis, Duminy picked a wicket each as they dismissed Kamran (1), Shoaib Malik (12) and Shahid Afridi (0) respectively.
After a good start, Pakistan fumbled and struggled against a deadly South African attack, as it looked like South Africa will easily defend their total of 133/6 but Umra Akmal and Umar Gul played brilliantly to ensure a win in the Super Eights clash as they guided Pakistan safe with -- balls to spare.
Match took a turn after 14 overs, as Umar Gul and Umar Akmal added 49 runs off 4.3 overs to bring it on to the wire, as Pakistan needed 9 to win off 6 balls.
Umar Akmal scored the winning runs as Pakistan won the match by two wickets with a ball to spare.
Interestingly South Africa had defended a total less than 135 three times in T20 Internationals.
Pakistan's Innings: Pakistan take advantage of South Africa's weakness to play spin as they made merry having restricted AB de Villiers-led team to 133/6 in 20 overs, as Mohammad Hafeez and Yasir Arafat claimed two wickets each during the Super Eights clash at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday.
Opting to bat first, South Africa's Super Eights clash against Pakistan was worse, as they lost 4 wickets for 66 runs. Spinners took advantage of the conditions, and enjoyed a good run, as they conceded just 28 runs in the mandatory powerplay.
With Saeed Ajmal (1/26), Hafeez (2/23), Raza Hasan (0/12) and Shahid Afridi (0/26) spinners outclassed everything.
As Proteas struggled to play spin, Hafeez decided to go with the spinners, as Umar Gul was introduced in the 18th over.
JP Duminy's gritty knock helped South Africa post 133/6 after losing the top order cheaply. Duminy's 48 off 38 balls included 2 boundaries and 2 sixes.
With 134 to win, Pakistan expect a good partnership from the openers.
South Africa: AB de Villiers (Captain, wicketkeeper), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Johan Botha, JP Duminy, Jacques Kallis, Richard Levi, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Robin Peterson
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (Captain), Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal (wicketkeeper), Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Arafat, Umar Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Raza Hasan
Umpires: Ian Gould (England) and Rod Tucker (Australia)
Third Umpire: Richard Kettleborough (England)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)