Dale Steyn's 5-wicket haul helps South Africa beat Pakistan in 4th ODI and seal series 3-1

Dale Steyn ended with figures of five for 25 from 10 overs © AFP (File Photo)

Nov 8, 2013

Dale Steyn starred in South Africa’s 29-run win over Pakistan in the fourth One-Day Internationals (ODI) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday. With the win, the visitors sealed the series 3-1 with one match to go.

Needing 267 to winj, the hosts looked well on course with 43 needed off the last 33 balls with five wickets in hand. With skipper Misbah-ul-Haq at the crease along with a well-set Umar Akmal, it looked an easy chase. However, Steyn ran through the lower order to bundle them out in the next 13 runs.

Earlier, Quinton de Kock slammed his maiden ODi ton to guide South Africa to 266 for five in their 50 overs

De Kock lifted pacer Mohammad Irfan over long-on for a big six to reach the three-figure mark off 127 balls, anchoring the innings with a 87-run opening stand with Hashim Amla (46) and another 69 for the third wicket with skipper AB de Villiers who made 40-ball 30.

In all, de Kock hit nine boundaries and a six during his attractive knock.

Pakistan, seeking to level the five-match series after going 2-1 down, also missed a golden opportunity to run out Amla on 13, when skipper Misbah-ul Haq failed to break th stumps with the batman well short of his crease on a single.

Amla was finally dismissed by Hafeez, bowled in an attempt to run the ball to third man in the 19th over. Amla hit six boundaries off 50 balls.

De Kock continued in the same vein, reaching his maiden fifty off 68 balls.

Irfan had Faf du Plessis for 10 but de Kock and de Villiers countered the bowling with confidence, adding 35 in the five batting power-play overs before both fell to paceman Junaid Khan in the space of ten runs.

De Villiers miscued a lofted shot and was caught at covers while de Kock hit straight into the hands of mid-off in the 43rd over.

Ryan McLaren (28) and Jean-Paul Duminy (25) added a quickfire 52, hitting two sixes off Saeed Ajmal’s 49th over.

Khan finished with two for 42 while Hafeez took two for 34.

Pakistan made two changes from the side which lost the third match here by 68 runs on Wednesday, leaving out Wahab Riaz and Umar Amin for Sohaib Maqsood and Khan. The 26-year-old Maqsood made his one-day debut.

South Africa who won the first match by one run in Sharjah but lost the second by 66 runs in Dubai, remained unchanged.

The fifth and final match is in Sharjah on Monday.

(with inputs from AFP)

Brief scores:

South Africa 266 for 5 in 50 overs (Quinton de Kock 112, Hashim Amla 46; Mohammad Hafeez 2 for 34) beat Pakistan 238 (Shoaib Maqsood 56, Misbah-ul-Haq 65; Dale Steyn 5 for 25) by 29 runs

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