Half-centuries from Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Akmal steered Pakistan to a competitive total of 176 for four against South Africa in the second T20 international in Cape Town on Friday.
The pair put on 102 runs for the third wicket which lasted 9.1 overs, scoring at a rapid 11.1 runs to the over, before Dale Steyn (once again) removed Hafeez for 63 (from 41 deliveries) at Sahara Park Newlands.
Steyn struck again in the final over to see the end of Umar Akmal's innings when he had him caught at mid-on. Akmal made 64 from just 37 balls and smashed 5 fours and 4 sixes.
The Proteas made three changes as AB de Villiers returned in place of Henry Davids, left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso replaced Imran Tahir, and Lonwabo Tsotsobe lost his place to the big-hitting David Wiese.
The hosts cannot lose the two-match series after they won the first encounter in Johannesburg by four runs albeit via the Duckworth/ Lewis method.
SOUTH AFRICA: HM Amla, Q de Kock (wk), F du Plessis (capt), AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, DA Miller, D Wiese, WD Parnell, DW Steyn, M Morkel, AM Phangiso.
PAKISTAN: Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez (capt), Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal (wk), Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Bilawal Bhatti, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan.