South Africa 174 for six (Lee 60, Dar 1-21) beat Pakistan 172 for five (Dar 75, Ismail 2-22) by 4 wickets
Nida Dar‘s all-round brilliance was not sufficient to safe victory for Pakistan as South Africa sealed a four-wicket win within the fourth T20I in Benoni. Dar stormed to the second quickest T20I fifty in ladies’s cricket (the place information is obtainable) to spice up Pakistan to 172 for five – their second-highest total on this format – after which registered a tidy 1 for 21 with the ball however Lizelle Lee‘s boundary-laden 60 arrange South Africa’s chase. Regardless of a middle-order wobble, the hosts overhauled the goal with 5 balls to spare to stage the collection 2-2 with a match to play.
Pakistan’s begin with the bat gave no indication of the carnage that might comply with, the guests crawling to 19 for two within the Powerplay as Sidra Ameen and Javeria Khan departed early. However Dar was rapidly into her groove thereafter, racing into the 30s along with her second six.
The runs actually began to circulate when Nondumiso Shangase, taking part in in simply her second T20I, was introduced on within the 11th over. Dar collected one other six and three fours, the third of which raised a 20-ball fifty. On the different finish, Bismah Maroof took her time to calm down, however she too opened up in Nadine de Klerk’s remaining over, spanking 4 fours in a row to push Pakistan’s rating past 100.
When Dar zipped into the seventies along with her eighth 4 within the 18th over she may need had an eye fixed on a maiden T20I ton, however she was bowled swiping at Sune Luus’ legspin to fall for 75, her strike charge a monumental 202.70. Aliya Riaz then capped Pakistan’s innings with a speedy cameo, slamming 35 not out from 17 balls.
Dealing with a lofty goal, South Africa wanted a very good begin – they usually bought one, due to Lee. She slapped the second ball she confronted, from Rameen Shamim, to the boundary and continued in a lot the identical vein.
She took a selected liking to Riaz’s medium tempo, cracking 4 fours in a row off her to boost a 26-ball fifty and full the Powerplay with South Africa at a dominant 60 for zero. Lee was on the lookout for a 12th boundary when she leaned right into a thunderous drive at Kainat Imtiaz, however she did not hold the shot down and it was Riaz who held a stinging catch at additional cowl to provide Pakistan a gap within the eighth over.
The runs dried up as Dar rattled by means of three overs making a gift of simply 14 runs, and Fatima Sana then struck twice in her second over to do away with each de Klerk and the damaging Luus, who had struck two sixes to interrupt the shackles.
With the required charge nearing 9, Mignon du Preez chipped the very first ball she confronted, from Sana Mir, up and over the left-side discipline, however was lucky to outlive what seemed to be a dropped catch by wicketkeeper Sidra Nawaz in the identical over. She could not make the second probability rely, nevertheless, giving Pakistan’s leg-side outfielders extra catching observe within the deep to fall for 7.
Chloe Tryon was subsequent to go, heaving Riaz to Shamim at broad long-on, however vitally she had struck 4 boundaries in a bellicose innings that left the decrease order with a comparatively easy job. South Africa wanted 10 from the final two overs and Shabnim Ismail calmly bought her staff house, slog-sweeping Mir to midwicket after which stepping down the observe to chip Shamim over mid-off for the profitable runs.
The end result arrange the collection decider on the similar venue on Thursday afternoon.