Markram, Linde lead SA to easy win over Pakistan


South Africa opener Aiden Markram struck a brisk half-century while George Linde excelled with a solid all-round display as the hosts levelled the four-game Twenty20 International series against Pakistan with a comprehensive six-wicket win in the second match at the Wanderers on Monday.

Pakistan elected to bat, but some poor stroke-play saw them restricted to 140 for nine in their 20 overs, well below par on one of the best batting pitches in world cricket.

South Africa never looked troubled in their reply as they reached their target with 36 balls left in a clinical triumph for a side missing seven leading players who are either injured or have been released to play in the Indian Premier League.

Markram led the reply as he blasted 54 from 30 balls, with 46 of his runs in boundaries as he smashed seven fours and three sixes in an aggressive showing.


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