SA demolish Pakistan in Twenty20
A destructive display of batting from Graeme Smith and Loots Bosman guided South Africa to an emphatic 10-wicket victory over a shellshocked Pakistan in a Twenty20 match in Johannesburg.
Debutant Alfonso Thomas (3-25) took a wicket with his first ball as Pakistan made 129-8 in seam-friendly conditions.
They only hit three sixes and eight fours, which Smith and Bosman had matched within the first seven overs.
Smith ended with 65 off 39 balls, while Bosman hit 53 off 32 with a staggering 51 balls to spare when Smith hit Shahid Afridi for six to seal a crushing win.
The tourists went off shell-shocked after an astonishing assault which featured six maximums and 14 fours in total.
It was in complete contrast to the struggled Pakistan endured with the home pacemen seaming and swinging the ball consistently.
From the moment newcomer Thomas found the edge of Imran Nazir's bat and keeper AB de Villiers moved quicky to his right to pouch the ball they could not break free.
Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal tried to up the pace by adding 47 off 35 balls for the second wicket but once they went there was little to worry South Africa.
Big-hitter Shahid Afridi was hit in the groin by a Roger Telemachus delivery that jagged back and even he could not spark a revival when he returned later in the innings
Most of the batsmen perished trying desperate slogs and the only real excitement of the innings came in the fnial over when Rana Naved-ul-Hasan thrashed Johan van der Wath over deep square-leg for two sixes.
Naved and Shabbir Ahmed - back a year after being banned for having an illegal bowling action - were soon put to the sword and Pakistan were nowhere near as accurate with the ball or efficient in the field.
The real mayhem began from the third over as Smith and Bosman began to find their range.
Fifty-eight runs came in the next four overs to knock the stuffing out of the visitors, with the ball flying to all parts.
Smith found the deep mid-wicket boundary and the crowd sitting behind it with unnerring accuracy to claim four sixes, while Bosman hit the ball straighter and through the cover region.
Bosman was dropped by Akmal at long-on before getting to his fifty off 27 balls as South Africa went past 100 in only 57 balls.
Smith reached his third Twenty20 international half century off eight more balls but then stepped on the gas to take his team to their target in a blur.
Afridi was dispatched, appropriately enough, over the deep mid-wicket fence, and Pakistan looked like a team hit by a juggernaut.