Second T20I: Markram, Linde star as South Africa thrash Pakistan

Aiden Markram’s brilliant half-century and a top bowling performance from left-arm spinner George Linde was enough for South Africa to thrash Pakistan in the second T20I in Johannesburg on Monday. While chasing a total of 141 to level the four-match series, the home team never looked in trouble and completed the chase in just 14 overs at the expense of four wickets.

The star of the show was Markram who played a brilliant knock of 54 off 30 balls, which included seven fours and three sixes. He was well supported by captain Heinrich Klaasen who remained unbeaten on 36 off just 21 balls with the help of four fours and one six.

Earlier, after winning the toss and opting to bat first, Pakistan produce a below-par performance as they managed to post just 140 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 20 overs. Linde was the real destructor as he removed the Men-in-Green’s top-three, two of which inside the first three overs of the innings which was enough to dent the visiting team’s hopes of posting a competitive total. Samaa reported.

Other than him, young Lizaad Williams also managed to claim three wickets but gave away 35 runs in his quota of four overs. For Pakistan, captain Babar Azam struggled throughout the innings but still managed to score run-a-ball 50, which included five fours.


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