Abu Dhabi - Two vital late
wicket-taking spells by Dale Steyn gave the Proteas a 28-run win against
Pakistan in the fourth ODI on Friday.
With the victory
South Africa took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series with one match
At one point it
looked as though Pakistan would chase down the Proteas’ 266/5 with relative
ease but first Steyn accounted for the dangerous Sohail Maqsood (56) and Sohail
Tanvir (1), before returning to capture the prize scalp of the pugnacious
Misbah ul-Haq (65) late in the day.
He wrapped up his
spell by taking the wickets of Umar Akmal and Saeed Ajmal as the Pakistani
innings nosedived from a promising position to abject capitulation.
Steyn finished with
remarkable figures of 10-1-25-5. He was well-supported by Lonwabo Tsotsobe (1/49)and Morné Morkel (0/44) and a splendid fielding and catching
performance in an impressive all-round team effort.
solid 266 was built on the impressive foundation of Quinton de Kock’s 112 - his
maiden ODI century.
De Kock can favour
the leg-side but it was his off-side play - his cover and square-driving - that
was impressive on Friday. He was dropped by Mohammed Hafeez off Tanvir on two
but other than this early blemish he looked to be in sublime touch. He hammered
some of his shots, caressed others, combining in an opening stand of 87, Hashim
Amla contributing a polished 46.
While Faf du
Plessis (10) and David Miller (five) failed, AB de Villiers scored a breezy 30,
while Ryan McLaren and JP Duminy blazed at the end.
Sometimes they were
audacious, sometimes they were imperious, but throughout the Pakistanis looked
Theirs was not the most professional bowling and fielding
performance ever seen.
For the men in a
darker shade of green, Junaid Khan (2/42) and Hafeez (2/34) were the two most successful
for the dangerous De Villiers and also picked up a tiring De Kock, well caught
low down by Misbah at mid-off off a slower ball.
Hafeez bowled Amla
and later, had Miller trapped leg before. It was an economical piece of
bowling, useful while his fast-bowling colleagues were visibly tiring.
The last match of
the series will be played at Sharjah on Monday.
Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Irfan, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal
AB de Villiers (captain, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Jean-Paul Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
Umpires: Ahsan Raza (PAK) and Steve Davis (AUS)
TV umpire: Richard Illingworth (ENG)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)