Powered by a top bowling effort, the Proteas levelled the series in match two of their four-match series setting up an intriguing penultimate clash of the tour.
South Africa benefitted from putting Pakistan under pressure early and cantered to a six-wicket win, but questions remain about their ability to chase bigger scores.
South Africa vs Pakistan | Wednesday 14 April | Supersport Park, Centurion | 14:30
To Win Match
South Africa 5/4
George Linde was the most improved player when contrasting the second T20 with the first doing his part with the ball and the bat.
At the top of the order, Aiden Markram has settled in well with twin fifties in the series so far and continues to prove that he can cut it in the shorter formats.
Seamer Lizaad Williams also bounced back from a horrible start to the series and picked up three wickets at the Wanderers.
It remains unclear if Rassie van der Dussen will be available at all this series and if Kyle Verreynne will get an overdue opportunity.
When things click South Africa look like world beaters but they have not been responding to pressure very well at all of late.
Mohammad Rizwan getting a first-baller seemed to throw Pakistan for a loop, but they will be desperate to throw all the pressure back onto South Africa.
Pakistan’s batsmen will need to find ways to relieve the pressure when South Africa bowl well and cold ill-afford another run-a-ball fifty from Babar Azam or anyone else.
It was surprisingly spin that undid Pakistan’s top order while their own spinners struggled when being asked to defend a slight total. Mohammad Nawaz was lined up while Usman Qadir took some tap despite claiming a pair of wickets.
The pressure generated by this kind of match should give a good indicator of where Pakistan are at with their T20 World Cup preparations.
Verdict: South Africa 5/4
The hosts should be able to exploit conditions to stay on top.
Written by James Richardson.