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Fourth T20I: Pakistan eye series victory over South Africa

The Men in Green are on the verge of fourth consecutive series win over Proteas

Fourth T20I: Pakistan eye series victory over South Africa PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan will be looking to register another series victory over South Africa as the two sides lock horns in the fourth Twenty20 International of the ongoing tour on Friday in Centurion.

Pakistan won the One-day International (ODI) series against the Proteas, while they currently lead the four-match T20I series 2-1.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam gave a batting masterclass to lead Pakistan to a nine-wicket win in the third T20I in Centurion on Wednesday.

Babar hit 122, his first T20 international century, as Pakistan chased down a challenging target of 204 with two overs to spare.

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Babar, who dethroned Indian maestro Virat Kohli as the world’s top batsman in one-day cricket on the same day, hit 15 fours and four sixes in an exhibition of superb timing and placement before he was out with only seven runs needed.

Mohammad Rizwan scored an unbeaten 73 in a Pakistan record first wicket partnership of 197.

Meanwhile South Africa, who also lost the Test and T20I series against Pakistan away from home recently, would be looking to ensure that they don’t lose their fourth consecutive series against the Men in Green.

Squads:

South Africa: Heinrich Klaasen (captain, wicketkeeper), Daryn Dupavillon, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, George Linde, Wihan Lubbe, Sisanda Magala, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Andile Phehlukwayo, Migael Pretorius, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Pite van Biljon, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams

Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Arshad Iqbal, Asif Ali, Danish Aziz, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Wasim, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, Usman Qadir, Zahid Mahmood