PIETERMARITZBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 25, during the Momentum One Day Cup match between Sunfoil Dolphins and Chevrolet Knights at Maritzburg Oval on November 25, 2012 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa Photo by Anesh Debiky / Gallo Images

Johannesburg – Pakistan beat the Proteas by a convincing seven wickets to claim the T20 section of the Qatar International Women’s Cricket Championship, in Doha, on Friday.

Pakistan restricted South Africa to 68/9 after winning the toss and choosing to bowl. Pakistan knocked off the runs with ease as they reached 72 for three, with 23 balls remaining.

South African captain Mignon du Preez said Pakistan were too good on the day.

“We had a bad day at the office today,” said Du Preez.

“We didn’t put on the runs needed to have a competitive enough game and we disappointed ourselves.

“Hats off to Pakistan for playing their game ruthlessly and getting the win.”

Asmavia Iqbal and Sania Khan took 2/14 and 2/16 respectively to keep South Africa constantly under pressure.

Marizanne Kapp showed resistance, scoring 40 off 48 balls, the best effort of the South African innings, with no one else managing more than Sunette Loubser’s eight.

Nain Abidi was the first casualty of the Pakistani reply, stumped off Loubser (1/14) for four in the fifth over. Nida Dar followed in the ninth, run out by Du Preez for 11.

Javeria Khan added 38 off 46 balls to set up her side’s victory, before she lost her wicket to Moseline Daniels (1/13) in the 16th over.

Bismah Maroof (14 not out) and Nahida Khan (2 not out) added the remaining runs for victory.– Sapa