South Africa maul Pakistan by 117 runs to win series 4-1

South African players celebrate the fall of Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez during their fifth ODI © AFP

Nov 11, 2013

South Africa produced an all-round show to thrash Pakistan by a huge margin of 117 runs and win the fifth and the final One-Day International at Sharjah on Monday. With this win, South Africa completed a 4-1 win over the Asian side in the five-match series.

Chasing a daunting target of 269 runs to win, Pakistan were shot out for a paltry 151 in 35.3 overs as clinical South Africa registered a comprehensive win.

Wayne Parnell was the pick among the South African bowlers, taking three for 36 in his spell. While Vernon Philander, JP Duminy and Ryan McLaren claimed two wickets each, left-arm pacer Lonwabo Tsotsobe bagged a key wicket in form of Ahmed Shehzad.

For Pakistan, Sohaib Maqsood was the top-scorer with a fluent half-century, scoring 53 off 65 balls that included seven boundaries.

This was after AB de Villiers hit an aggressive unbeaten century to guide South Africa to an imposing 268-7.

The South African skipper hit a 102-ball 115 studded with ten boundaries and three sixes to lift South Africa who won the toss and decided to bat at Sharjah stadium.

De Villiers lifted the tempo in the final overs, hitting Sohail Tanvir’s final over for 25 runs, reaching his 16th hundred with a four towards mid-wicket, which came off 99 balls.

Brief scores:

South Africa 268 for 7 in 50 overs (Faf du Plessis 46, AB de Villiers 115*; Saeed Ajmal 3 for 45) beat Pakistan 151 in 35.3 overs (Sohaib Maqsood 53; Wayne Parnell 3 for 36, JP Duminy 2 for 14, Ryan McLaren 2 for 21, Vernon Philander 2 for 23) by 117 runs.

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(With inputs from AFP)