Sharjah - The Proteas have put in a strong all-round performance to comprehensively beat Pakistan by 117 runs, dismissing the hosts for 151, in the fifth and final ODI in Sharjah on Monday, winning the five-match series 4-1.
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Proteas captain AB de Villiers scored 115 from 102 balls with ten boundaries and three
sixes -- his 15th one-day hundred -- to lift South Africa to an
imperious 268-7 before bowling Pakistan out for 151 in 35.3 overs.
Maqsood top-scored with a solid 53 but otherwise Pakistan failed to
capitalise on a weakened Proteas bowling attack, with spearheads
Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, and spinner Imran Tahir rested for the
meaningless match as the series had already been decided.
De Villiers said it was satisfying to win the series after the team's 4-1 loss in Sri Lanka in July.
is satisfying to win the series and I think the players played
exceptionally well throughout the series and played as a unit," said De
"It was tough to bat on this pitch but I hung on and we were thinking of 220-plus, but in the end we got a good total."
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq rued another batting failure.
think they played very well," said Misbah.
"They deserved this win and
it was the same old batting collapse. We have to seriously think about
Pakistan were 8-2 with Ahmed Shehzad (two) and Mohammad
Hafeez (six) by the fifth over, once again highlighting their top-order
failure in the series.
It was Maqsood, who hit 56 on his debut in
Abu Dhabi on Friday, who gave some consolation to another lackluster
batting effort with a 63-ball half-century before he became one of two
victims for JP Duminy, who finished with 2-14.
finished with 3-36.
Umar Akmal made 30 while Misbah managed 18.
Shahid Afridi (nine) and Umar Amin (five) failed once more as the Proteas took the last six wickets for a mere 41 runs.
The Proteas won the toss and batted on a slow Sharjah stadium pitch.
Villiers lifted the tempo in the final overs, hitting Sohail Tanvir's
final over for 25 runs, reaching his hundred with a four towards
mid-wicket, which came off 99 balls.
He then hit the left-armer for six, four and four to help the Proteas add 114 in the last ten overs.
105 he also completed 6 000 ODI runs, becoming the fifth South
African batsmen to reach the milestone.
Jacques Kallis (11 469),
Herschelle Gibbs (8 094), Graeme Smith (6 976) and Gary Kirsten (6 798)
were others to score 6 000 or more ODI runs for South Africa.
Villiers was initially slow, reaching his fifty off 70 balls, with a
big six off Saeed Ajmal towards mid-wicket.
He added an invaluable 83
for the sixth wicket with Ryan McLaren (27) before lashing out in the
De Villiers had built the innings with an invaluable
62-run stand for the fourth wicket with Faf du Plessis, who made an
89-ball 46 with the help of two boundaries.
Quinton de Kock (34) added 50 with Du Plessis after Hashim Amla fell in the first over of the innings for three.
Ajmal finished with 3-45 while Khan took 2-57.
The Proteas won the first match by one run in Sharjah before Pakistan
levelled the series with a 66-run win in Dubai.
The visitors then won
both the matches in Abu Dhabi by 68 and 28 runs respectively.
The two teams now play Twenty20 internationals in Dubai on Wednesday and Friday.
Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Amin, Misbah-ul-Haq (captain),
Umar Akmal (wk), Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan,
Hashim Amla, Quinton
de Kock (wicketkeeper), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (captain), JP
Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Robin Peterson, Wayne Parnell,
Vernon Philander, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (ENG) and Ahsan Raza (PAK)
TV umpire: Steve Davis (AUS)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)