Pakistan elect to field first in second T20 against South Africa

Faf du Plessis has been rested for the last two T20 Is

Faf du Plessis has been rested for the last two T20 Is

South Africa stand-in captain, David Miller was the star of the show as the host wrapped up the T20 worldwide series with a seven-run win at The Wanderers on Sunday.

The youngster, who now has a copious amount of experience beyond his years in worldwide cricket, held his nerve to guide the Proteas to a 2-0 unassailable lead in the three-match series, with the final match set for SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday.

Pakistan must win this game to keep alive a world-record streak of series wins in T20Is.

Pakistan won the toss and chose to field first.

The Dolphins batsman was handed the armband after regular skipper Faf du Plessis was rested for the rest of the series, following the Proteas' six-run victory in the series opener on Friday.

The contrast between the two innings was stark. It was a complete contrast to South Africa's Power Play which yielded just 44 runs.

Azam and Hussain Talat (59) put on 102 off 75 balls for the second wicket.

On an overcast day at the Wanderers, Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik opted to bowl for the second consecutive game.

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"We didn't start too well with the ball, we were a bit wide and short".

"It got quite tight and stressful at the back end but the guys pulled through and did incredibly well", said Miller after Pakistan had finished on 181-7.

Although neither took a wicket, Miller praised left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi and new fast bowler Lutho Sipamla for economical bowling in the middle overs before the late-innings collapse.

South Africa probable playing XI: Quinton de Kock (WK), Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis (C), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Beuran Hendricks and Imran Tahir.

South Africa made a relatively sedate start on an unusually slow, dry Wanderers pitch.

But for the naysayers - and there seemed, very strangely, to be quite a number of those - Sunday afternoon offered further proof as the Proteas held on for a seven-run win over Pakistan to clinch the series 2-0.

Batting first, stand-in captain David Miller hit an explosive half-century as South Africa made a strong finish to their innings.

Miller slammed 65 not out off 29 balls to enable South Africa to post 188 for three in their 20 overs. The final over, by Shinwari, went for 29 with Miller hitting three sixes and two fours. He first bowled a maiden over to Malan and then had him stumped in the ninth over, completing a stunning spell of 4-1-9-1.

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