Electing to bat, South Africa were in a spot of bother early losing both openers Richard Levi (8) and Hashim Amla (6) cheaply. All-rounder Jacques Kallis too failed to make an impact as South Africa were reduced to 28 for three in the sixth over.
JP Duminy (48) and Farhan Behardien (18), playing his fourth T20 international, did the rebuilding work but the 28-year-old gave away his wicket cheaply.
Captain AB de Villiers, who uncharacteristically came down the order, finally provided the South Africans the impetus that was lacking. He hit two fours and a six in his quickfire innings of 25 from 18 balls taking South Africa to a fighting score.
In Image: South Africa's batsman Jean-Paul Duminy, left, bats as Pakistan's wicket keeper Kamran Akmal looks on