Pakistan Fast bowler Umar Gul took 5 wickets for only six runs and captain Mohammad Hafeez smashed a career-best 86 off 51 balls to lead Pakistan to a 95-run victory over South Africa in the decisive second Twenty20 match played at SuperSport Park, Centurion on 3rd March 2013.
The bowler, who along with Hafeez had been poor in the test series where South Africa completed a 3-0 whitewash, finished with figures of five wickets for six runs to match his best in Twenty20.
Mohammad Hafeez said, “Our mindset was clear, we had to be positive. We were eager to perform well because we didn’t have a good time in the test matches”.
Hafeez produced a particularly aggressive innings, flaying the South African attack with four sixes as he became the first Pakistani past 1,000 runs in international T20 cricket. He also took three wickets in South Africa’s reply but his contribution came after Gul, the leading wicket taker in T20 internationals, had decimated the home batting.
Umar Gul took 4-4 in his first two-over spell as three of his victims fell first ball. Opener Ahmed Shehzad also produced a noteworthy contribution with 46 runs, followed by two outstanding catches at third man.
Friday’s opening Twenty20 in Durban was rained off. Pakistan and South Africa next play a five-match one-day international series, starting in Bloemfontein next Sunday.