David Miller blasted a 29-ball 65 to lift the Proteas to 188-3 against Pakistan in the second T20I at the Bullring, reports KHALID MOHIDIN.
The Proteas were put in to bat first and got their innings off to a flyer as 22-year-old debutant Janneman Malan led the charge with some exciting boundary hits. Reeza Hendricks complemented his opening partner as the Proteas racked up 44-0 in the powerplay.
Malan was dismissed by Imad Wasim after a 31-ball 33 with three fours and two sixes and, as expected, spin was his downfall. He was stumped as the Proteas lost his their first wicket for 58 runs.
Rassie van der Dussen came out to his roaring home crowd and attacked from the get-go. Despite a solid start from Hendricks, he was unfortunately run out after a 27-ball 28. The Proteas took 13.5 overs to get to the 100-run mark.
Van Der Dussen played a very good hand – four sixes and a four for his 27-ball 45 – but he lost his wicket in the 17th over in an attempt to boost the run rate.
With the Proteas needing to accelerate quickly and on the first ball of the 18th over, Miller pulled Hasan Ali for a six, and the expected rain appeared.
After the rain delay, Miller lifted the Proteas to a competitive total. He hit three sixes and two fours in the final over to help the Proteas post 188-3.
Miller hit a total of five sixes and four fours for his 29-ball 65.
Proteas innings 188-3 (Rassie van der Dussen 45, David Miller 65; Imad Wasim 1-9)
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