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De Villiers helps South Africa clinch series


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AB de Villiers reacts as Mohammad Irfan tries to take a catch. -Photo by AFP

BENONI: South African captain AB de Villiers hit an unbeaten 95 to guide his side to a series-clinching six-wicket win in the fifth and final one-day international against Pakistan at Willowmoore Park on Sunday.

De Villiers, who was dropped on one, overcame some hostile bowling on an unpredictable pitch as South Africa chased down Pakistan's 204 all out with six overs to spare.

On a day when most batsmen struggled to time the ball consistently, De Villiers made his runs off just 111 balls. He hit nine fours and a six.

A fourth wicket partnership of 87 off 88 balls with Farhaan Behardien (35) made South Africa's victory virtually certain after Pakistan's new ball bowlers, Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan, caused early problems on a pitch where some deliveries bounced alarmingly, while others kept low.

Pakistan seemed headed for a more competitive total when they reached 151 for four in the 35th over after winning the toss.

Ryan McLaren took three wickets in 13 balls to swing the match in South Africa's favour. McLaren had Shoaib Malik caught at midwicket and three balls later, with the last delivery before the batting power play, he had big-hitting Shahid Afridi caught at deep square leg without scoring.

Pakistan's hopes then rested with their captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, who had played a match-winning innings of 80 when Pakistan squared the series at 2-2 with a three-wicket win in Durban on Thursday.

As he had in Durban, Misbah started cautiously and he had scored only 24 runs off 46 balls when he was caught behind to become McLaren’s third victim.

McLaren finished with three for 32, with all his wickets coming in a three-over third spell which cost only five runs.

For the first time this season, South Africa fielded their two leading strike bowlers, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, in their one-day international team.

The pair had been rotated during a series against New Zealand and Morkel missed the first four matches against Pakistan because of a hamstring injury.

Although Steyn and Morkel only took one and two wickets respectively, they contributed to a much-improved South African bowling performance.

Despite an innings of 48 off 51 balls by Kamran Akmal, and a third wicket stand of 66 between Akmal and Younis Khan (29) the Pakistanis were unable to dominate the bowling at any stage during their innings after Misbah won the toss and decided to bat.

South Africa were without opening batsman and Test captain Graeme Smith because of what was described as a chronic left ankle injury which kept him off the field for most of Pakistan's run chase in Durban. He was replaced by 20-year-old left-hander Quinton de Kock.

De Kock looked out of his depth and was bowled by Junaid Khan for three, while Hashim Amla was unusually subdued in scoring 22 off 65 balls. With Colin Ingram bowled by off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez for 15, South Africa needed a partnership.

De Villiers edged Junaid low to Younis Khan at slip when he had one and the chance went down. The South African captain was soon into his stride as he took his aggregate for the series to 367 runs at an average of 91.75. He was named man of the match and man of the series.


South Africa: AB de Villiers (capt, wkt), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Colin Ingram, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Ryan McLaren, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Kamran Akmal (wkt), Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan.

Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZL), Johan Cloete (RSA) TV umpire: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI) Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)

Comments (16) Closed

No tolerence Mar 24, 2013 08:45am
Already 2 down!!!Pak in trouble
imtiaz Mar 24, 2013 11:17am
A dismal performance with bat to throw away ODI series. Both ODIs Pakistan won, had SA lose 4 wickets in 10 overs.
nasim khan Mar 24, 2013 02:18pm
as i keep repeating that pakistan needs complete overhaul of the team, players like unus khan, misbah, afridi, imran farhat(his record shows that he is never been consistent) should be scrapped / dropped from the team
zubair Mar 24, 2013 03:49pm
i enjoyd watching the match and the subsequent result! INshallah
Indian Fan Mar 24, 2013 04:34pm
You don't need to play 7 bowlers in one match to bowl 50 overs.Its totally wrong concept whoever introduced same.Otherwise there is no problem with Pakistan team except adding one or two specialist batsman would help the cause in future.
Atd Mar 24, 2013 04:53pm
Atd Very poor batting performance by Pakistan side through out.They should rethink their batting stratagy.Hafeez is an over rated batman and the team should not rely on him. He should not open the innings.He has problems with his batting( footwork),he must play down the order,he has been caught 6 times in this series of Styne which clearly shows his class(playing half pop dandling his bat at out swingers).Imran Farhat and Nasir Jamshaid should open the innings.These Guys, especially the young batsmen need some psycological traning to become mentally tough.Sport has long become a science its not only about net practice.Afreedi is more a baseball than a cricket player.Afreedi,Younus khan and Shoaib Malik should be given a break. Good Luck
syed T Mar 24, 2013 05:18pm
let face the realty,our team have not perform like a winner,we do not need a team which is not reliable when is come to batting & bowling.Please replace the entire team with fresh talented players to avoid further letdown.
Fazal Karim Mar 24, 2013 05:33pm
It is surprising and regretting that Asad Shafiq of Karachi in spite of scoring century in current South Africa test series was not given chance in ODI although most of the ODI batsmen had miserably failed to score. In the absence of good consistently reliable batsmen Pakistan team has lost glamour.
Indian Fan Mar 24, 2013 10:05pm
Pakistan selectors should start rotating players especially when they are out of touch.Hafeez and Younis Khan had absolute no clue why they were in playing XI.Both of them were supposed to be for batting and not anything else.Both of them proved to be liability for team.Team doesn't need 7 bowlers.No team in world needs 7 bowlers to bowl 50 overs in ODI.Its ill conceived idea who ever has created.Its time to give other players opportunity and have strong pool of players who could fit as per the situation.Batting in South African condition is never easy and still Pakistan team has gives it best in ODI and T20 for which it deserves praise.It has many Young bowlers new to International level ,so they need time to settle down.There is no major overhaul needed as such.
Afif Mar 24, 2013 10:37pm
Time for younis and afridi to go.
Iqbal Mar 25, 2013 05:13am
With such a meagre total on board, Pakistan could never afford to drop catches which Mr. Younus Khan very ably did by dropping the prized catch of AB Devilier
AJ Mar 25, 2013 05:29am
i think it is time for Younus & Mishbah to take an honorable exit from 1 day & T20 formats and stick to test cricket.
ranganath Mar 25, 2013 06:29am
Pak 2 SA 3. Better results than most bloggers had predicted. The bowers are in good form, the batters need to up their game. Afridi, one day in another day out, not at all dependable.
ali wadood Mar 25, 2013 08:29am
No. they need more determination, and team work. they are not playing as a team.
Noman Mar 25, 2013 10:13am
One more series loss to SA :( It is time for Afridi to take an exit and give youngster a chance to settle down before next world cup. There is no need of Imran Farhat, Kamran Akmal and Younus Khan too. Pakistan cannot afford players with only one match reputation. We need more consistent players and they should be groomed psychologically to understand the position to remain in the team and that is to perform consistently with pure discipline. i still feel we need a coach whos a retired captain of any successful team, like Steve Waugh or Ponting or Kepler Wessels. Umer Akmal should be given last chance, as he is no doubt talented but his mind is more busy off the field than in cricket. Last but not the least we should also put one fast bowling all rounder in the team as soon as possible that will balance the team in a great way.
junaid Mar 25, 2013 03:32pm
This tour to South Africa has exposed the poor batting skills and prepration of the team. Modern cricket demands all round ( batting , bowling, fielding ) performance from each player. All the top teams require above average performance in all 3 departments of the game, for selection. Even the No.11 player is capable of scoring a 50. In other words there is no such thing as tail in those teams. Pakistani team's tail starts at No. 6. Second most important thing is temprament of the game. No one from the Pakistani batting line up has the required temprament. They get restless after 25 runs on the board and start losing concentration. They must practice to concentrate on each ball regardless of the score. I don't think any one batsman from the current line up is able to hold his crease one full day of the game. Go back to the basics of the game and master them first. Currently, the whole team can swim but they don't know how to float, and that is the recipe for disaster. ( Note: I would like to suggest Baseball for Afridi. He will make more money and enjoy the game more than cricket.)