Babar Azam gave a batting masterclass to lead Pakistan to a nine-wicket win in the third Twenty20 worldwide against South Africa at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday. Babar hit 122, his first T20 global century, as Pakistan pursued down a difficult objective of 204 with two overs to save.

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Player of the Match Babar, who prior on Wednesday deposed Virat Kohli as the world’s top batsman in one-day cricket, hit 15 fours and four sixes in a display of wonderful planning and position before he was out with just seven runs required.

Mohammad Rizwan scored an unbeaten 73 of Pakistan record first wicket organization of 197. Pakistan took a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.

Brief scores

South Africa: 203-5 out of 20 overs (A. Markram 63, J. Malan 55)

Pakistan: 205-1 out of 18 overs (Babar Azam 122, Mohammad Rizwan 73 not out).

Result: Pakistan won by nine wickets.

Prior, opening batsmen Aiden Markram and Janneman Malan had set up South Africa for a major absolute with half-hundreds of years. South Africa made 203 for five in the wake of being sent in.

Markram (63) and Malan (55) hit intensely to put on 108 for the main wicket before Markram was bowled by left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz off the fourth wad of the eleventh over.

It was Markram’s third progressive 50 years, an accomplishment accomplished beforehand for South Africa simply by Hashim Amla in T20 internationals. Markram hit six fours and four sixes in a 31-ball innings.

Malan confronted 40 balls and hit five fours and two sixes in making his maiden T20 international half century.

Pakistan shockingly left out leg-spinner Usman Qadir, the best bowler in their loss in the subsequent match, which left Babar Azam with just five bowlers, who each needed to bowl a full of four overs at a scene where high aggregates are successive.

Nawaz, the lone slow bowler in the line-up, excused the two openers and added toward the South African innings momentarily losing energy after the initial organization. Nawaz took two for 38.

Teams

South Africa: Heinrich Klaasen (capt, wkt), Aiden Markram, Janneman Malan, Rassie van der Dussen, Pite van Biljon, George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo, Sisanda Magala, Beuran Hendricks, Lizaad Williams, Tabraiz Shamsi

Pakistan: Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan (wkt), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf

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Umpires: Bongani Jele, Allahudien Paleker (both RSA); Television umpire: Adrian Holdstock (RSA); Match arbitrator: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)

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