David Miller’s superb unbeaten 85 wasn’t enough to maintain South Africa’s formidable T20I record in Asia when Pakistan triumphed by four wickets and won the series 2-1

The Proteas, who won five and pulled one of their previous six T20I series on the subcontinent, certainly seemed to lose after the Pakistani weirdos rocked them 65-7 in the Lahore decision

But Miller’s great strength, striking in an inning of just 45 balls, gave the Proteas hope, bringing them to 164-8 before spinner Tabraiz Shamsi (4-25) gave Pakistan some anxious moments in the chase

However, captain Babar Azam scored the most goals at 44 before Mohammad Nawaz and Hasan Ali took advantage of Andile Phehlukwayo’s disastrous penultimate game to take eight balls

After tricking the tourists, Pakistan abandoned its top ranking in tatters when it reduced it to 65-7 Nawaz (2-13) made immediate progress by removing Reeza Hendricks (2) and Jon-Jon Smuts (1)

Pite van Biljon (16 of 11) went on the offensive with three consecutive borders ahead of Hasan, but the bowler retaliated with the next ball – an off-cutter that hit the middle and leg

This set the stage for Zahid Mahmood’s memorable debut in international cricket, in which two wickets in as many balls as Heinrich Klaasen (0) put the leg spinner (3-40) in front of Janneman Malan (27) on the back room) lbw pinned to the back foot

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South Africa really seemed in danger of not realizing its overs when Phehlukwayo overtook Usman Qadir (1-12) and Dwaine Pretorius (9) to become Zahid’s third victim

But Miller launched a breathtaking counterattack in which he faced sailors and spinners with the support of Björn Fortuijn (10) and Lutho Sipamla (8) and smashed Faheem Ashraf in the final for four sixes to end the innings with a success

Mohammad Rizwan’s most recent form with the bat was superb and he soon returned to Pakistan’s favor when they started the pursuit He sent Pretorius for two limits and cracked Smuts over the long fence to get 42 balls out of 30

But Shamsi struck with his first delivery, which turned viciously to roll Haider Ali, 15, through the gate, and Rizwan’s love of the sweep soon proved costly when he put his leg in front of his left Poor died

Babar – although he only scored five goals in the series’ first two games – quickly settled into his rhythm as he advanced from 30 balls to 44 and triggered two wild cuts from Pretorius that went to the limit

The next shipment, however, went back from the seam to roll the Pakistani captain, and when Shamsi caught Asif Ali (7) in the middle of the next round, there was nerve in the home camp

But at 16 needed, Hasan (20 of 7) sent Phehlukwayos full throw over Midwicket for six and followed him with another limit as he and Nawaz (18 of 11) steered their side to victory

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