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South Africa's Ryan McLaren plays a Pakistan's Bilawal Bhatti delivery during their One-Day International (ODI) cricket match at Centurion. -Reuters Photo
South Africa's Ryan McLaren plays a Pakistan's Bilawal Bhatti delivery during their One-Day International (ODI) cricket match at Centurion. -Reuters Photo

CENTURION: Vernon Philander led a strong performance by South Africa's bowlers to set up a four-wicket consolation win for the hosts in the third and final one-day international against Pakistan at SuperSport Park on Saturday.

Philander took three for 26 in a Pakistan total of 179 all out. South Africa made heavy weather of the chase but won with 68 balls to spare, steered home by an unbeaten 48 from captain AB de Villiers.

Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq also played a captain's innings, making 79 not out. But no other Pakistan batsman scored more than 25.

Philander, recently recalled to the one-day side after starring for the South African Test team, struck with the fourth ball of the match when Ahmed Shehzad was caught at first slip without scoring. Shehzad made a century when Pakistan clinched the series by winning the second match in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

Fellow new ball bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe had Asad Shafiq caught behind in the fourth over and Pakistan were unable to build any significant partnerships against hostile bowling on a pitch which offered good bounce.

The best stand of the innings was 51 for the eighth wicket between Misbah and Abdur Rehman (22).

South Africa made a fast start, with Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla putting on 39 on 35 balls for the first wicket before De Kock mistimed a hook against Bilamal Bhatti and was caught at backward square leg.

The momentum slowed as new cap Henry Davids was tied down by Saeed Ajmal before being stumped off the off-spinner after struggling to seven off 18 balls. Davids was a late replacement for Graeme Smith, who was absent because of a family bereavement.

Amla made 41 before being run out after a superb stop and quick throw by Umar Amin at backward point.

In contrast to his dazzling 74 off 45 balls in Port Elizabeth, where he played one big shot too many and was out before South Africa “crossed the line”, in his words, De Villiers played a risk-free innings to ensure that South Africa successfully chased down a target for the first time in eight recent attempts, facing 63 balls and hitting only three boundaries.

Ajmal was again the best Pakistan bowling, taking two for 34 in 10 overs. With the series decided, both sides showed several changes.

Scores: Pakistan 179 in 46.5 overs (Misbah-ul-Haq 79 not out; V. Philander 3-26) South Africa 181-6 off 38.4 overs (AB de Villiers 48 not out; Saeed Ajmal 2-34).


Pakistan: Misbahul Haq (captain), Umar Amin, Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Bilawal Bhatti, Anwar Ali, Sohail Tanvir, Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal.

South Africa: AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Henry Davids, JP Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Imran Tahir.

Comments (24) Closed

Mohsin Nov 30, 2013 01:52pm

I don't understand resting Afridi and Junaid. Pakistan has a chance to be the first country to sweep the series in SA and Misbah decides to rest his key bowlers. The decision is beyond my comprehension

Taimoor Nov 30, 2013 02:01pm

Let's keep our fingers crossed for the GREENwash to happen (It's a greenwash, not a whitewash!!)

Asif Nov 30, 2013 07:17pm

@Mohsin: Agree 100%. If they have been rested it is a senseless decision.

lubna Nov 30, 2013 07:18pm

fool are coach and captain not to go with full strength and full squad(winning combination)when history was in the making to white wash SA,when will you get that chance again--stupidity prevails in the heads of captain and coach

Anila Nov 30, 2013 09:09pm

Some times it does feel that our selectors and similarly the tour management are the people who do not have any knowledge of the game. How in world could you play Anwer, Bhatti and Tanveer and drop Junaid at the same time when you are not playing a sixth bowler and you have rested 3 of your top bowlers. Secondly, how long will you go on with failed hands of Asad Shafiq and Umar Amin? T last Amin might be happy for his 25 as it is the yardstick for pakistani batsmen just as a century is for other teams, but every one knows that we have at least 100 players who could bat better than him but they don't have a backing of the rulers. For God sake stop playing games to destroy the game.

Shahid Nov 30, 2013 09:16pm

As soon as I saw the team selection, I decided to not watch the match today. Anwer Ali with his 130 kmh is never going to be world beater specially when he doesn't command a line and length like Mohammad Asif - even Asif wasn't played in limited over games -. Sohail Tanveer is no batsman and no bowler for Pakistani fast bowling standards. Umar Amin is a club level batsman who has played about 20 matches with the sound backing of powerfuls and Asad Shafiq is not in form just like Hafeez and Jamshed, so it all was a recipe to let SA win the last game.

Kami Nov 30, 2013 09:33pm

Had a chance to white wash South Africa at their home but some retarded selection gave it away even before start. Enough of Sohail Tanveer, Anwer Ali, Asad, Jamshed and Umar Amin.

Sami Nov 30, 2013 10:32pm

In this series we found all rounder Bilawal Bhati the replacement for Sohail Tanvir/Wahab Riaz.

For odi World Cup we need 2 lefty and two righty world class fast bowlers. Junaid and Mohammd Irfan are no brainier. The fastest Ahmad Jamal should be included in Sri Lanka series and trained for odi World Cup. Success in Down Under needs fast bowling....

Youth Nov 30, 2013 10:39pm

Very disappointing performance by team & management of cricket in Pakistan. A clean white wash is essential to revamp PCB officials & players. Najam Sethi should immediately resign. Election should be held to elect a new team management. A specialist batting coach should be hired. It is a real shame that team Pakistan has become a hardened looser.

Najeeb Nov 30, 2013 10:42pm

Pakistan lost because of defensive approach of Misbah. His composure and body language made the new comers confused and defensive as well. Till the time he is the captain of the team, the team will never do good in big tournaments. If he is a well wisher of Pakistan, he must leave the captaincy of Pakistan ODI team and continue to play as a batsman. I don't know why the management is not understanding this serious drawbacks and not getting rid of him. If he continue with such a defensive and meek captaincy, Pakistan has no chance of winning the World Cup 2015.

Saeed Masood Nov 30, 2013 11:32pm

Very painful ....but what to do...?? some way will have to be found to teach our players how to play when there is real challenge and pressure...In this match it was South Africa which was under great pressure , it was SA which had to save itself....our team should have sailed easily to victory...The old players of Pakistan should come forward and teach this tactic to our team, Moen Khan used to be the champion of this...Moen please help these guys.

mrmela Nov 30, 2013 11:50pm

yet again Misbah! i don't mind you playing and thus scoring but you must know that you are a POOR thinker and therefore a weak leader to be a captain.

ishrat husainMD Dec 01, 2013 12:17am

@Mohsin: this is like any civilservice in Pakistan,we have to include safarishies(sohail tanveer who is useless1/45 and Abdul rehman1/44.what was wrong with keeping winning team and just droping nasir and replacing with amin.they don't understand what it does to the players moral,junaid wins matches ,afridi have themost man of the match awards and hafiz is a better bowler and batsman than rehman.i guess they did not wanted to win,they should have replaced them with fresh blood,sohail tanveer does not belong in the team,he is horrable as a bowler ,he is no all rounder,bad moves,but we have to get safarishies in,pick them on performance and not who they know.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Dec 01, 2013 02:49am

Very bad performance by the greenshirt batsmen once again which resulted in their defeat by four wickets in the third and final ODI against the South Africans. Although the bowlers did their best but it was a trifle total to defend against one of the best cricket teams in the world.

Nevertheless, the overall performance of Misbah-ul-Haq and party in this away series was not too bad. Let's see if they can do better in the up-coming series against the Sri Lankans in UAE?

Anand Dec 01, 2013 08:50am

Performance of Pak team was certainly better in this tour. Dear Pakistani brothers, do not keep blaming team for one defeat. You can not expect any team to win all the matches.

Armani Dec 01, 2013 09:17am

It was a lucky series win for Pakistan. Just lucky. No class, little talent and lots of luck.

Abrar-ul-Haque Dec 01, 2013 10:46am

Mohsin is right. I join him not understanding the logic of unsettling a settled team. First they created so much euphoria like creating history by whitewashing SA at their own backyard, and then taking the match lightly by dropping match winning players like Junaid. Until and unless we overcome our problems in batting, any win would be deemed as fluke like it happened in the second ODI. Nevertheless, this fluke affords players an opportunity to go home together with heads up.

PUNJABISTAN Dec 01, 2013 11:59am

The objective is not to win, but making sure your friends and relatives play. there was no reason for Sohail Tanvir or Umer Amin to play.

cricketlover Dec 01, 2013 12:14pm

The batting order leaves much to be desired. Selection was beyond comprehension. Better sense must prevail against SL.

oBSERVER Dec 01, 2013 12:44pm

The winning combination was drastically changed.WHY? Such moves put lot of doubts about the integrity of the Tour Management. Captaincy was nowhere to be seen.Misbah waits for things to happen he never makes things happen.

Ahmad Dec 01, 2013 03:27pm

@ Lubna Two consecutive wins got to their heads (only 1 was convincing one).

Sarah Dec 01, 2013 09:14pm

But South Africa has lost the series and Pakistan has won ODI series against South Africa in their own backyard is no little achievement.

Forwardshortleg Dec 02, 2013 09:35am

@Armani: Luck always favours the better side

Ch.Subba Rao Dec 03, 2013 09:39pm

Pakistan unable to produce world class batsmen,They should try with good batting guide