David Hemp picked up his first win as the Pakistan Womenís National coach as they avoided a tour whitewash with a victory by eight runs via the DLS method in the third and final T20I against South Africa in Durban.
Captain Javeria Khan top-scored with 56 not out as Pakistan set a competitive total of 127/6. And a superb performance from off-spinner Anam Amin, with 2/14 off her four overs, helped the touring side restrict South Africa to 68/4 with just 45 deliveries remaining when the game was halted by rain.
The victory ensured Pakistan, who impressed in patches throughout the tour, avoided losing all six of their matches, having already been beaten 3-0 in the ODI series in January.
The hosts, who had already wrapped up the T20I series win, made five changes to their side. And the lack of game-time showed during a stuttering run-chase, with Pakistan ripping through the top order and leaving the hosts 51/4 at the midway point of their chase.
Faye Tunnicliffe was run out by a combination of Aiman Anwer and Muneeba Ali in just the second over, and Marizanne Kapp was clean bowled by Amin just five balls later to leave the home side reeling on 4/2.
Anne Bosche steadied the ship before chipping a caught and bowled chance straight back to Amin with the score on 29/3, and Lara Goodall became the 99th T20I victim of Pakistan veteran Nida Dar in the tenth over.
Mignon du Preez and captain Sune Luus upped the rate to give South Africa hope of reaching their target of 128 to win. But, just as the game looked set for a thrilling finale, the players were forced off by rain with South Africa still needing 60 runs off the remaining 45 balls.
The game was unable to restart as the rain continued to fall in Durban, with Pakistan awarded the win by eight runs via the DLS method.