Veteran all-rounder Nida Dar’s contributions with both the bat and ball helped Pakistan women brushed aside their South African counterparts by seven wickets in the first of their three-T20I series in Pretoria on Wednesday. Pakistan have taken a 1-0 lead in the five match series. Nida, 32, took two wickets for 30 runs in the South African innings, which had its top order once again shattered by the excellent Sana Mir. The Proteas eventually finished with 119 for the loss of seven wickets in their allotted 20 overs courtesy some late resurgence by Chloe Tyron, who contributed 43 runs off just 31 balls.Pakistan’s run chase suffered a setback in the very first over when Javeria Rauf was sent back to the pavilion without disturbing the scoreboard. When her fellow opener Umaima Sohail (10) also departed at the score of 29, South Africa had their best chance to make things interesting. But the Gujranwala-born Nida added 89 runs for the third wicket with captain Bismah Maroof to guide Pakistan home with two overs to spare. Nida was dismissed just a few runs away from the victory but Maroof finished unbeaten. The former was handed the player-of-the-match award for her two-way performance. Sana who took four wickets in Pakistan’s first-ever ODI win in South Africa last week, produced another brilliant spell of off-spin bowling to derail the hosts batting line-up after they were asked to bat first by Mahroof. Sana, the highest wicket-taking spinner in ODIs, made a remarkable start with two wickets in her first over. Sana trapped opener Lizelle Lee lbw for nought on the second ball of the match and followed that with the wicket of the other opener Tazmin Brits three balls later, Brits was caught behind by wicketkeeper Sidra Nawaz, she also failed to score.Pakistan bowlers continued to make inroads as South Africa were reduced to 61 for six after 14 overs. A 54-run partnership for the seventh wicket between Chloe Tryon (43) and Shabnim Ismail (20 not out) took the score to 115 in the final over, South Africa ended their innings at 119 for seven. Nida provided great support to Sana, the off-spinner took two wickets for 30 runs in her four overs, Aliya Riaz and Nashra Sandhu took a wicket each. Pakistan lost two early wickets in the chase but the partnership between Nida and Mahroof ensured that the visitors achieve the target with ease. Mahroof scored an unbeaten 53 off 48 balls, her innings included four fours. Nida who was the more aggressive of the two scored 53 off 37 balls, her innings included seven fours and two sixes. The second match of the five match series will be played on Saturday, 18 May in Pietermaritzburg.Scores in brief: 1st T20I, Pretoria, Pakistan won by seven wickets.South Africa 119-7, 20 overs (Chloe Tryon 43 Mignon du Preez 23, Shabnim Ismail 20 not out; Sana Mir 3-14, Nida Dar 2-30) VS Pakistan Women 120-3, 20 overs (Bismah Maroof 53 not out, Nida Dar 53; Masabata Klaas 1-16) Player of the match: Nida Dar.