South Africa recovered from a late batting collapse to record a Super Over triumph at the end of a dramatic first match in their Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka.

Replying to the tourists' below-par total of 134-7 in Cape Town, the Proteas required 18 from the last four overs but ended up having to scramble a bye from the final delivery just to tie the scores.

David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen - who had shared a stand of 66 earlier in proceedings - managed to pick up 14 runs in South Africa's extra over, the former taking Lasith Malinga for a six and a four.

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir then conceded just five - two of which were wides – to secure victory for the hosts, who go 1-0 up with two games to play.

Quinton de Kock kept wicket for the Super Over but it was Miller who had donned the gloves earlier in proceedings, a decision taken by South African team management with this year’s Cricket World Cup in mind.

The stand-in claimed a catch from his second delivery on the job and also completed a stumping as Sri Lanka laboured with the bat, despite Kamindu Mendis hitting three fours and two sixes in his 41 from 29 deliveries.

Thisara Perera (19) and Dhananjaya de Silva (14) made late contributions without putting too much pressure on the home bowlers, Andile Phehlukwayo the pick of the attack with 3-25.

Miller and Van der Dussen's fourth-wicket partnership, the duo making 41 and 34 respectively, put South Africa on course after a slow start yet both fell in the same over from Malinga, who ended with excellent figures of 2-11 from his four overs.

Isuru Udana held his nerve at the death, mixing up his pace superbly to leak just four runs, but wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella crucially missed a shy at the stumps to clinch victory off the last ball, allowing South Africa to draw level.

Miller then made the most of his second opportunity in the middle as South Africa eventually prevailed, meaning they can clinch the series at Centurion on Friday.

Stand-in South Africa skipper David Miller felt like "the worst captain on the planet" as Pakistan threatened to take their three-match Twenty20 series to a decider. 

Miller led the hosts with Faf du Plessis rested and scored a sensational 65 off just 29 deliveries to help the Proteas post 188-3 at the Wanderers after play was briefly suspended in the 18th over due to rain. 

The left-hander, who shares the record for the fastest T20 hundred in international cricket, plundered 29 off the final over from Usman Shinwari. 

However, Miller was concerned when Pakistan were 70-1 after the powerplay, Babar Azam (90) leading the charge, and admitted he felt lost at sea. 

"I thought I was the worst captain on the planet," he said with a smile after sealing an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series with a seven-run triumph. "I didn't know what to do, to be honest. 

"They were always going to come hard and try to get as many runs in the powerplay. 

"We didn't start too well with the ball, we were a bit wide and short."

Pakistan needed 42 runs from their last four overs for victory, but Beuran Hendricks picked up the key wicket of Babar before Chris Morris (2-36) and Andile Phehlukwayo (3-36) worked their way through the lower order. 

"It got quite tight and stressful at the back end but the guys pulled through and did incredibly well," said Miller after Pakistan had finished on 181-7. 

"[Tabraiz] Shamsi came in and bowled incredibly well, brought the run-rate down, and [Lutho] Sipamla was absolutely incredible on his first game. As a captain I was really pleased with the two of them and then to top it off with the guys at the back end was really sweet. 

"Really pleasing to finish off on a high. We didn't leave it [the series] until the last game, so really happy about that." 

Imad Wasim removed Janneman Malan to give Pakistan an early breakthrough in the first innings and finished his four overs with stunning figures of 1-9, but captain Shoaib Malik was frustrated the rest of his bowling attack were unable to follow suit. 

Shinwari's four overs proved incredibly expensive as he went for 63 runs, while Hasan Ali conceded 48 as South Africa posted a challenging total.

Shoaib said of Imad: "He's an exceptional talent, and we need a couple of other guys to perform that way.

"Shaheen Afridi bowled brilliantly, it's just you need three or four bowlers to do well, and then you end up chasing 160 on a good wicket.

"Finishing crucial games is where we're lacking. We saw it in the last game as well. We're going to sit and talk about it, particularly the last overs."

David Miller's electric knock and some excellent death bowling ensured Babar Azam's 90 was in vain as South Africa sealed a T20-series victory over Pakistan with a thrilling seven-run win.

Stand-in captain Miller, Man of the Match in the first encounter after a starring role in the field, whacked 65 off 29 balls to guide the Proteas to an imposing 188-3 in Johannesburg.

It appeared as though Pakistan would coast to that total with Babar stroking the ball around for fun as part of a fine 102-run stand with Hussain Talat (55).

But the excellent Beuran Hendricks took the crucial wicket of Babar to leave Pakistan 147-2 in the 17th over before Andile Phehlukwayo (3-36) and Chris Morris (2-36) caught the tourists' middle order cold.

Asif Ali (2), Shoaib Malik (6), Imad Wasim (6) and Hasan Ali (1) all fell as part of Pakistan losing six wickets for 34 runs in the final 24 balls to finish on 181-7, leaving them 2-0 down in the three-match series.

Debutant Janneman Malan and Reeza Hendricks put on 58 for South Africa's first wicket, the former smacking three fours and a couple of sixes before Imad – who in his previous over had bowled a maiden – tossed up a slower one that led to a stumping.

Rassie van der Dussen put on a rapid 45 off 27 after Reeza Hendricks had been run out for 28, before it became the Miller show.

The stand-in captain hit two huge sixes off Hasan Ali and went after the luckless Usman Shinwari (0-63) in the last over, scoring 29 runs in a dazzling blitz.
 
Babar set out his stall early with six boundaries in Pakisan's first two overs and, even after Fakhar Zaman (14) fell, he continued to pile on the runs with Talat allowing him to dominate the strike.

South Africa were looking devoid of ideas and when Talat walloped Morris over midwicket to bring up the century stand it appeared as though a series decider would be on the cards.

But when Babar failed to get enough on Beuran Hendricks' (2-30) slower ball that carried to midwicket, Pakistan completely wilted.

Asif pulled a short Phehlukwayo delivery straight to Reeza Hendricks at midwicket, before Morris bowled Talat and Imad in the penultimate over.

Pakistan needed 15 off the last and a four from Shoaib gave them brief hope.

But Phehlukwayo sent Shoaib and Hasan packing as South Africa completed a dramatic series win with a match to spare.

It means South Africa can now celebrate victory across all three formats in a tour that started on Boxing Day.

A phenomenal fielding display from David Miller helped South Africa secure a six-run win over Pakistan in the first Twenty20 of their series on Friday. 

Reeza Hendricks made 74 at the top of the order while captain Faf du Plessis top-scored with 78 as the Proteas made 192-6 after being put into bat - a record total for an international T20 game at Newlands.

Usman Shinwari was the pick of the Pakistan attack with 3-31, including taking two wickets in the same over, but the tourists came up short in their reply, finishing on 186-9.

Miller was a key figure in helping restrict the chase; he was twice involved in run outs and held four catches, his efforts seeing him named man of the match despite making just 10 with the bat.

The home side triumphed despite the absence of Quinton de Kock, who did not feature in Cape Town due to a groin injury that will also keep him out of the next two fixtures.

Gihahn Cloete took over wicketkeeping duties and also opened the batting, though it was Hendricks who dominated the early overs.

The right-hander hit eight fours and two sixes before becoming Shinwari’s third victim, Shadab Khan hanging on to a tough catch at long on as he moved to his right. 

The same bowler had already removed Du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen in the space of four deliveries, the latter departing for a duck as his attempt to steer Shinwari to third man only resulted in a spot of catching practice for wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan, filling in behind the stumps for the suspended Sarfraz Ahmed. 

Miller was one of five wickets to fall for 35 runs but he produced direct hits in the field to dismiss Babar Azam (38 from 27 deliveries) and Rizwan, who was caught short of his ground when attempting to pinch an overthrow.

The South African batsman also crucially held on to the opportunity to dismiss stand-in skipper Shoaib Malik for 49 midway through a frenetic last over, making sure Pakistan's late charge for victory came up short.

Hussain Talat had earlier made 40 but the visitors must now win when the teams next meet in Johannesburg on Sunday to keep the series alive.

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