South Africa vs Pakistan, 2019: 2nd T20I – Statistical Highlights

Here are all the major stats and numbers recorded during a thriller in Johannesburg.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam. (Photo Source: CHRISTIAAN KOTZE/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan’s series winning streak in the T20I format has finally come to an end as South Africa defeated the visitors for the 2nd consecutive time by a narrow margin. In his first T20I as captain, David Miller struck 29-ball 65 to power the hosts to 188/3 in their 20 overs. Babar Azam began the chase with a flurry of boundaries as Pakistan raced to 70/1 by end of the mandatory powerplay. Babar (90) and Hussain Talat (55) added 102 for the 2nd wicket but the runs came slower than the required rate. Pakistan eventually fell eight runs short of the target as they lost four wickets in the last two overs.

Here are all the major stats and numbers recorded during a thriller in Johannesburg:

End of a streak for Pakistan:

1 – This defeat brought an end to Pakistan’s 11 consecutive T20I series winning streak. Last time they failed to win a T20I series they were part of was the WT20 2016.


2 – Pakistan became only the 2nd team to score 180+ in the losing cause in successive T20Is. New Zealand were the first team with 180+ totals in back to back games in the losing cause during the Tri-Series against England and Australia. However, Pakistan is the first with 180+ totals in unsuccessful chases in consecutive matches.

A waste of a start:

2 – The 147 runs and 16.1 overs that Pakistan batted are the 2nd most in an unsuccessful T20I run-chase. Bangladesh finished their 20 overs scoring 179 for the loss of one wicket while chasing 197 against Windies in the 2012 Dhaka T20I.

Babar joins the elite list:

1 – Babar Azam became the first Pakistan player to be dismissed in the 90s at least once in all the three formats. Overall, Azam is the 6th player to be dismissed in the 90s in all the three International formats.

Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum, Steve Smith, Alex Hales and Shikhar Dhawan are the other five such players. Among the five, only Dhawan got out in the 90s more than once in all the three formats.

A big score in loss:

90 – Babar’s 90-run knock is the highest individual score in the losing cause for Pakistan in T20I cricket. The previous highest is the unbeaten 67 by Salman Butt against New Zealand in the 2010 WT20 game that Pakistan lost by one run.

90 – Babar is only the 5th player to score as many as 90 runs in an unsuccessful run-chase in the T20I format. Hong Kong’s Babar Hayat (122) and India’s KL Rahul (110*) scored centuries while chasing during T20I losses in 2016. Joe Root scored an unbeaten 90 in 2013 while chasing Australia’s total of 248 while Steve Smith scored 90 in the 5-run defeat against England in 2013.

Boundaries galore:

13 – Number of fours Babar Azam hit during his 90-run knock in this game; the joint-most by any player in a T20I innings for Pakistan. Babar hit 13 fours during his unbeaten 97 against the Windies last year as well. Aaron Finch and Babar are the only players to hit 13 or more fours in a T20I innings on two different instances.

A poor day for Usman:

63 – Runs Usman Khan Shinwari conceded in his four overs in this game; the most by a Pakistan bowler in a T20I match. The previous most runs conceded by a Pakistan bowler in a T20I were 55 runs by Faheem Ashraf in the last year’s Mount Maunganui against New Zealand.

A rare partnership in loss:

102 – The century partnership for the 2nd wicket between Babar Azam and Hussain Talat is the first ever century partnership for Pakistan to be on the losing side in T20I cricket. Their previous 14 century partnerships in this format resulted in victories.

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