Rizwan stars as Pakistan wins the Twenty20 opener

WICKETKEEPER Mohammad Rizwan struck a 74 without a knock as Pakistan chased 189 with a ball to spare to beat South Africa in the Twenty20 series opener.

Pakistan needed 11 of the last over, and three of two balls, with a demolition sealing a four-wicket win.

Rizwan, who struck out nine fours and two sixes, shared 41 with Babar Azam, 45 with Fakhar Zaman and 48 with Faheem Ashraf.

Earlier made South Africa 188-6 with opener Aiden Markram making 51 and captain Heinrich Klaasen 50.

Left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz beat the tourists 2-21, while Hassan Ali, who hit nine off three balls to guide Pakistan home, claimed 2-28.

Pakistan needed 52 four overs, and 38 off 18 balls, before left-arm speed bowler Beuran Hendricks’ (3-32) 18th over for 16 to leave Pakistan in control.

The second game in the four-game series will take place tomorrow, ahead of Wednesday and Friday games. (BBC Sport)