The pro20 game between South Africa and Pakistan got underway in murky conditions at the Wanderers on Friday. The toss was won by the SA skipper, Greame Smith who sent Pakistan in to bat. Instantly it seemed the right choice as Pollock’s first over showed plenty of movement and Thomas claimed a wicket with his first ball. The game was interrupted in the Pakistan innings by rain, however this was a brief interruption and Pakistan managed to finish with 129 thanks to Naveed hitting consecutive sixes off the last two balls. The pick of the bowlers for South Africa was Alfonso Thomas picking up 3 wickets.
The Proteas have got off to a good start, with the Pakistani’s bowling too many no-balls which allow a “free-hit” and many loose deliveries. The Proteas were 66-0 after 6 with Bosman on 27 off 15 and Smith on 31. Bosman turned on the heat in the 7th scoring 11 runs, taking the score to 77-0. The bowling didn’t get any better, the 8th over conceding another 11 runs. Bosman managed raced to his 50 off 27 balls in the 10th over which also brought up the 100 followed by Smith’s 50. Smith then decimated the attack and allowed the proteas to win the game by 10 wickets in 11.3 overs Smith finishing with 71 off 40 and Bosman 53 off 32
The way South Africa managed to achieve the total should leave their supporters eager for the upcoming one day matches, Smith looks like he is back in form and Bosman has showed he should be in the side on Sunday. The only player who can feel aggrieved from the Proteas performance is Morne van wyk, a keeper and batsman who didn’t get a chance to perform in either role. AB de Villiers will also be worried about the fact he didn’t get a chance with the bat as he performed poorly in the tests.