Pakistan win fourth T20I, seal series 3-1: Records broken
The Pakistan cricket team beat South Africa in the fourth T20I to seal the series by a 3-1 margin. Pakistan were terrific with the ball, bowling out South Africa for just 144 in 19.3 overs. Hasan Ali and Faheem Ashraf claimed three wickets each. In reply, the visitors rode on Fakhar Zaman's 60-run knock to win the match. Here are further details.
How did the fourth T20I pan out?
SA lost Aiden Markram early on before Janneman Malan and Rassie van ser Dussen added 57 runs for the second wicket. SA were going well at 109/2 but Pakistan struck and kept taking wickets. The hosts collapsed to be dismissed for 144. In reply, Pakistan lost Mohammad Rizwan early on as Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman laid the foundation for a victory.
Pakistan skipper Babar notches these records
Babar Azam is now the 12th-highest run-scorer in T20Is. The Pakistan captain scored 24 and has raced to 1,940 runs in the format. He surpassed the likes of Mohammad Shahzad (1,936) and JP Duminy (1,934). Babar is now the first batsman in South Africa-Pakistan T20Is to have gone past the 400-run mark (410). He averages 41.00 against the Proteas.
Fakhar Zaman achieves these feats after a 34-ball 60
The in-form Fakhar Zaman scored a 34-ball 60, hitting five fours and four sixes. The southpaw slammed his fifth fifty in T20Is and a first against SA. Fakhar has gone past the 900-run mark in T20Is (933). He became the eighth Pakistani batsman to get past 900 runs. Fakhar also surpassed former India batsman Gautam Gambhir in terms of T20I runs (932).
Hasan Ali and Faheem Ashraf clinch these feats
Hasan Ali (3/40) has raced to 44 T20I scalps. He has equaled the tally of Darren Sammy (44). He has become the second Pakistani bowler after Saeed Ajmal to claim 10 or more wickets against SA in T20Is. Meanwhile, Faheem Ashraf (3/17) has 34 T20I scalps, equaling the mark of veteran Pakistan bowler Wahab Riaz.
Rassie van der Dussen gets past 600-plus runs
Rassie van der Dussen (52) hit his fourth T20I fifty and a first against Pakistan. The right-handed batsman became the 10th Proteas batsman with 600-plus T20I runs (628).
2nd successive T20I series win for Pakistan against SA
This was the second successive T20I series win for Pakistan against SA. This was the 21st meeting between the two teams. Pakistan claimed their 11th victory. It was also Pakistan's fifth victory on South African soil against the hosts.