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Proteas pummel Pakistan in Dubai

South Africa cruised to a nine-wicket victory in the first Twenty20 international against Pakistan on the back of a clinical bowling performance.

Pakistan batted out their 20 overs but could only muster 98 for nine with Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Imran Tahir doing most of the damage.

That target proved no problem whatsoever for South Africa as they knocked off the runs inside 15 overs for the loss of only Hashim Amla for 13.

Quinton de Kock finished unbeaten on 48 off 38 balls, which included two sixes and three fours, while captain Francois du Plessis contributed a 40-ball 37 not out to a second-wicket stand worth 83.

That partnership dwarfed the best effort of 29 that Pakistan managed in their innings as Mohammad Hafeez’s men had a day to forget at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Pakistan came into the match looking to bounce back from their 4-1 loss in the one-day international series but could barely have had a worse start with Ahmed Shehzad falling for a duck to the fifth ball of the innings from Tsotsobe.

Sohaib Maqsood and Hafeez were then dismissed in the same Steyn over as Pakistan, who opted to bat first, found themselves three down with only four on the board.

And the procession of wickets continued as only Umar Akmal, who made 49 off 41 balls before he was run out, took the fight to the five-pronged Proteas attack.

The second of the two-match series takes place on Friday.

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