Pakistan beats South Africa to win T20 series 2-1

Pakistan overcame David Miller’s 45-ball 85 to beat South Africa by four wickets in the third and final Twenty20 and clinch the series 2-1.

Pakistan team after winning the T20I series against South Africa.   -  AP Photo

Pakistan overcame David Miller’s 45-ball 85 to beat South Africa by four wickets in the third and final Twenty20 and clinch the series 2-1 on Sunday.

The 32-year-old legspinner Zahid Mahmood picked up 3-40 in his debut game and had reduced South Africa to 65-7 before Miller's clean hitting powered South Africa to a total of 164-8. Miller hit five fours and seven sixes in his unbeaten knock.

South Africa's Tabraiz Shamsi grabbed 4-25 in a game dominated by spinners, but Pakistan's lower order hung in to reach 169-6 with eight balls to spare.

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Hasan Ali (20 not out) raised the victory with two sixes and a four against Andile Phehlukwayo as seamers again found it difficult to grip the wet ball because of dew.

Pakistan beat South Africa 2-0 in the Test series before completing the double by handing the Proteas its first defeat in a T20 series in Asia.