SHARJAH: South Africa beat Pakistan by one run in a thrilling first day-night international in Sharjah on Wednesday and took 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Pakistan, chasing South Africa’s 183, were 165 for 4 at once stage but lost their last 5 wickets for just 17 runs and were all out for 182 in 46.3 overs. For Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad scored 58 while skipper Misbah-ul Haq made 31 but the middle order collapsed.
Wayne Parnell, who hit a career best 56 in South African innings, took 3-41 to anchor the South African fightback.
Earlier, Saeed Ajmal took 4-30 while Shahid Afridi grabbed 3-37 as South Africa, who won the toss and batted, were bowled out in 49.5 overs.
The second match will be played in Dubai on Friday.
South Africa 183 in 49.5 overs (W. Parnell 56; Saeed Ajmal 4-30, Shahid Afridi 3-30)
Pakistan 182 in 46.3 overs (Ahmed Shehzad 58; W. Parnell 3-41)