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South Africa completes crushing assignment – 5th ODI vs. Pakistan

Zia Rana November 11, 2013

South Africa 7-268 (AB de Villiers 115*, faf du Plessis 46, Saeed Ajmal 3-45) beat Pakistan 151 (Sohaib Maqsood 53, Umar Akmal 30, Wayne Parnell 3-36, Jean-Paul Duminy 2-14) by 117 runs.

The skipper of the Proteas, AB de Villiers, led his side from the front with a ton and their bowlers humiliated the Pakistani batsmen again in the final ODI.

South Africa hammered 268 runs for the loss of seven wickets and Pakistan was bowled out for 151 with 87 balls to spare.

AB de Villiers (South Africa) was announced ‘Player of the match’ for his outstanding batting in the game.

Ryan McLaren (South Africa) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his all round performance.

The fifth and final One Day International was played on Monday, November 11, 2013, at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

AB de Villiers - A match winning ton

AB de Villiers – A match winning ton

Earlier, AB de Villiers won the toss for the tourists, preferred to bat first and lost the first wicket at four runs. Quinton de Kock hit 4 consecutive fours to Mohammad Irfan in the fifth over and Faf du Plessis kept the score board moving. The first was gone for 34 and the next wicket fell at 62 as de Villiers got together with Plessis. They crept to 124 in 31.4 overs when the latter became the next victim after scoring 46 runs.

AB de Villiers took charge of the situation and toyed with the rival bowling at will. He blasted his 15th ODI hundred in the 50th over which was bowled by Sohail Tanvir and resulted in 25 runs. The captain remained unbeaten for 115 off just 102 balls with 3 towering sixes and 10 fours as the Proteas piled up 7-268 in 50 overs.

Saeed Ajmal was the top wicket taker with three, Junaid Khan held two whereas Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Hafeez got two wickets each.

The Green Shirts had an awkward beginning by losing their three top order batsmen for 17 mere runs and Misbah-ul-Haq added the worries at 56. Sohaib Waheed along with Umar Akmal tried to consolidate the innings but succeeded in taking the score to 110. The latter surrendered at 30 while Sohaib Maqsood was the seventh batsman who was dismissed for 53. The middle and lower order batting continued with their miserable performance and the innings of the entire team was folded back for 151 in 35.3 overs.

Wayne Parnell was the star performer with three wickets, Vernon Philander, Ryan McLaren and Duminy shared two each whereas Lonwabo Tsotsobe chipped in with one wicket.

The competent South Africans defeated the out of form Pakistanis by a huge margin of 117 runs and clinched the series 4-1.

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