PAK vs SA: Dwaine Pretorius scripts history; registers SA’s best-ever bowling performance in T20Is- Dwaine Pretorius registered the best bowling figures by any cricketer in South Africa as he scalped a five-wicket haul against Pakistan in the 2nd T20. Pretorius entered the record books on Saturday with a superb spell of 5/17 in his four overs in the second T20 between the Proteas and Pakistan in Lahore.
Those figures represent South Africa’s best in the format, eclipsing Ryan McLaren’s 5/19 taken against West Indies in Antigua back in 2010. Pretorius also became the first ever player to take five wickets in an innings in a T20 against Pakistan.
The best-ever bowling performance by a South Africa cricketer in T20Is 👏
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 13, 2021
The Highveld Lions star bowled with intelligence and skill to hand the Proteas a great chance of levelling the three-match series at 1-all.
Let’s have a look at the five victims of Pretorius that he claimed in the PAK vs SA 2nd T20.
BABAR AZAM: Pretorius maintains a tight line off an awkward length as the ball moves back sharply to dismiss the Pakistan skipper. Babar is caught in front, reviews, but is plumb in front.
IFTIKHAR AHMED: Pretorius goes a bit wider and shorter, rolling his fingers across as the misfiring Iftikhar tries to heave across the line. He ends up skying the ball to long-on, where David Miller takes a good catch.
The most dangerous batsman in the Pakistan lineup, the big fish is dismissed as Pretorius went slower once again, but bowled a much fuller delivery. Rizwan tried to get under it and only ended up chipping to Andile Phehlukwayo at long-off.
Pretorius goes for another wider yorker – a good option in the circumstances – and receives the bonus of the batter unwisely trying to heave to the leg-side instead of guiding it on the off. A thick edge flies to Heinrich Klaasen behind the stumps.
The cherry on top to a brilliant spell. Adjusts his line again and the yorker shatters into off-stump.