<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="AB de Villiers delighted after South Africa's series win over Pakistan" src="https://st3.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20131109204919.jpg" title="AB de Villiers delighted after South Africa's series win over Pakistan" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> AB de Villiers said the series win is a small step in the right direction © Getty Images (File photo)</p> </div> <strong>Abu Dhabi: Nov 9, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> South African captain <a href="/tags/AB-de-Villiers/post" target="_blank">AB de Villiers</a> showed pride in his team after <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Dale-Steyn-s-5-wicket-haul-helps-South-Africa-beat-Pakistan-in-4th-ODI-and-seal-series-3-1/33423" target="_blank">winning the one-day series</a> against Pakistan, hailing a comeback after losing tamely to Sri Lanka four months ago.<br /> <br /> South Africa took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series after a hard fought 28-run win in the fourth game in Abu Dhabi on Friday night.<br /> <br /> De Villiers, whose team lost 4-1 in Sri Lanka in July, was delighted with the improvement against a Pakistan side he rates highly.<br /> <br /> "I am proud of each and every one of the team, a series win away from home is never easy especially after defeat in Sri Lanka and against a world-class team like Pakistan," De Villiers said after the match.<br /> <br /> Opener Quinton de Kock set the foundation with a maiden century while paceman <a href="/tags/Dale-Steyn/post" target="_blank">Dale Steyn </a>took a career best 5-25 to derail <a href="/tags/Pakistan/post" target="_blank">Pakistan</a>, who were 228-5 at one stage after being set a 267-run target.<br /> <br /> "I thought it was a very solid performance, it was a make or break game for us. We were excited but a little bit nervous at the prospect of what is lying ahead and the way the boys responded is magnificent," said De Villiers.<br /> <br /> "It [series win] is a small step in the right direction, we definitely are not a great side yet, very far off still, but winning a series away from home is great," said De Villiers, who singled out Steyn for praise.<br /> <br /> "Dale is an impact player for us. I bowled him when we felt like we could make inroads in Pakistan's batting. I never felt that it was getting out of our hands but I had a feeling that we needed to stay patient."<br /> <br /> Steyn turned the game in South Africa's favour in the 47th over, claiming the wickets of <a href="/tags/Umar-Akmal/post" target="_blank">Umar Akmal</a> (22), <a href="/tags/Misbah-ul-Haq/post" target="_blank">Misbah-ul Haq</a> (65) and Saeed Ajmal (nought) to bundle Pakistan out for 238, but the role played by De Kock was not lost on De Villiers either.<br /> <br /> "I am very very proud of him, the way he came back after a disappointing series in Sri Lanka just tells you about his character and obviously about his talent, I always knew that he is a special talent," said De Villiers of the 20-year-old left-hander.