Cape Town – pakistan Finally, the right to their standing as No. 1 ranked side in the shortest format when they beat Proteas with 27 races in the final T20 International match at SuperSport Park on Wednesday night.
SCORECARD: Proteas v Pakistan, 3. T20I
The result nevertheless had some effect on the result of the series, which Proteas took a 2-1 margin, after winning the first two matches.
It enabled Pakistan to restore some pride after losing both white ball series.
As always, Pakistan bowlers did a good job for their side and defended a goal of 162 with Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf, who divide 7 wickets between them. But it was the miserable bowling of Imad Wasim and Shaheen Afridi at the front, who did the real damage.
Protea's top order never came despite an innings of 41 (35 balls, 2 fours and 2 seconds) from the always reliable Rassie van der Dussen.
Chris Morris backed up his two wickets with a half-century girl (55 not out of 29 balls, 5 fours and 3 seconds), but he was left to do and the fight was effectively settled with one to save as Proteas needed a impossible 40 runs from the last 6 balls.
The second statistical highlight for Proteas came from Beuran Hendricks, who returned career best figures at 4/14.
Shadab Khan was named Man of the Match for his two wickets as well as his batting in the last package of Pakistan's innings when he hit 21 races, which proved to be critical with only No. 11 batsman working with him.
The Man of the Series award went to South African captain David Miller.