South Africa opener Aiden Markram struck a brisk half-century as the hosts levelled the four-game Twenty20 International series against Pakistan with a six wicket win in the second match at The Wanderers on Monday.

Pakistan elected to bat, but some poor stroke-play saw it being restricted to 140 for nine in 20 overs, well below par on one of the best batting wickets in world cricket.

South Africa never looked troubled in reply and it reached the target with 36 balls left in a comprehensive win for a side missing seven leading players who are either injured or has been released to play in the Indian Premier League.

Pakistan’s innings got off to a somewhat bizarre start when in-form opener Mohammad Rizwan danced down the wicket to left-arm spinner George Linde (3-23) off the very first ball and was easily caught at mid-off by Markram.

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