Faf du Plessis and Reeza Hendricks shared an explosive 131-run stand to pave the way for South Africa's six-run win over Pakistan in the first T20 international, at Cape Town.
Du Plessis (78 off 45) and Hendricks (74 off 41) propelled the home side to 192-6, a target that proved out of reach of the top-ranked T20 side on the planet.
Pakistan closed on 186-9 despite a battling 49 off 31 balls from captain Shoaib Malik as Beuran Hendricks, Chris Morris and Tabraiz Shamsi took two wickets apiece.
South Africa, put in to bat, lost Gihahn Cloete (13) in the fourth over before Du Plessis and Reeza Hendricks cut loose in a partnership spanning 12.1 overs.
The skipper Du Plessis struck four sixes in total, including an outrageous dab for six over third man off a full Faheem Ashraf delivery outside off.
He posted a 29-ball fifty by taking 10 off successive deliveries from Ashraf before Hendricks struck the very next ball, the first of Usman Shinwari's new over, high over midwicket for six more.
Hendricks reached his half-century off just 31 deliveries, the partnership only ending when Malik clung onto a fierce Du Plessis drive at mid-off.
Rassie van der Dussen fell two balls later attempting to run Usman Shinwari to third man and South Africa continued to lose momentum as Hendricks, Chris Morris and David Millar fell in quick succession at the tail-end of the innings.
Pakistan's chase initially faltered as Fakhar Zaman (four) fell to the fourth ball of the innings, caught behind off Beuran Hendricks only for Hussain Talat (40) and Babar Azam (38) to compile a second-wicket stand of 81.
With the halfway point of the innings imminent, the tourists seemed well placed at 85-1 only for Talat to miscue Shamsi on the drive and Babar to be run out by a superb throw from midwicket by Miller.
When Asif Ali picked out midwicket off Morris and Miller pulled off a superb catch at long on to remove Imad Wasim, Pakistan were teetering on 118-5 having lost four wickets for 33.
Shoaib stood firm but wickets ebbed away around him - Miller ending the innings with four catches to his name, as well as helping to effect two run outs.
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