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Du Plessis, Hendricks end Pakistan�s winning streak

By The Assam Tribune

CAPE TOWN, Feb 2: Faf du Plessis and Reeza Hendricks shared a record partnership as South Africa ended a nine-match Pakistan T20 winning streak in the first international at Newlands.

South Africa prevailed by six runs in a tense finish after being sent in and making 192 for six.

Pakistan came close, scoring 182 for nine.

�We were two boundaries behind,� said Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik on Friday.

In the end, it was the fielding of David Miller that made the difference. His two direct-hit run-outs, including the key wicket of Babar Azam, and a South African record four catches, meant that Pakistan kept losing wickets as they chased a challenging target.

Miller was named man of the match.

Du Plessis hit 78 off 45 balls and shared a record second wicket stand of 131 off 74 balls with Hendricks, who made 74 off 41 deliveries.

Du Plessis said at the post-match presentation that he would not play in the remaining two matches, citing the need to rest ahead of two Test matches against Sri Lanka, starting on February 13.

�It will be a great opportunity for a new captain,� he said but did not reveal who, in an inexperienced team, the new leader would be.

Du Plessis�s dismissal in the 16th over sparked a mini-collapse. South Africa lost five wickets while scoring only 35 runs in the last 28 balls of the innings.

It was the highest total in a T20 international at Newlands but Hendricks admitted at the innings break that South Africa had �lost our way a bit� after seeming to be on course for a total of around 220. � AFP

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Du Plessis, Hendricks end Pakistan�s winning streak

CAPE TOWN, Feb 2: Faf du Plessis and Reeza Hendricks shared a record partnership as South Africa ended a nine-match Pakistan T20 winning streak in the first international at Newlands.

South Africa prevailed by six runs in a tense finish after being sent in and making 192 for six.

Pakistan came close, scoring 182 for nine.

�We were two boundaries behind,� said Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik on Friday.

In the end, it was the fielding of David Miller that made the difference. His two direct-hit run-outs, including the key wicket of Babar Azam, and a South African record four catches, meant that Pakistan kept losing wickets as they chased a challenging target.

Miller was named man of the match.

Du Plessis hit 78 off 45 balls and shared a record second wicket stand of 131 off 74 balls with Hendricks, who made 74 off 41 deliveries.

Du Plessis said at the post-match presentation that he would not play in the remaining two matches, citing the need to rest ahead of two Test matches against Sri Lanka, starting on February 13.

�It will be a great opportunity for a new captain,� he said but did not reveal who, in an inexperienced team, the new leader would be.

Du Plessis�s dismissal in the 16th over sparked a mini-collapse. South Africa lost five wickets while scoring only 35 runs in the last 28 balls of the innings.

It was the highest total in a T20 international at Newlands but Hendricks admitted at the innings break that South Africa had �lost our way a bit� after seeming to be on course for a total of around 220. � AFP