5th ODI: AB de Villiers leads Proteas to convincing series win against Pak



5th ODI: AB de Villiers leads Proteas to convincing series win against PakZeenews Sports Bureau

Live updates from the 5th ODI between Pakistan and South Africa at Benoni.

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South Africa have won the match by 6 wickets and have also sealed the series 3-2. de Villiers led the fightback for the Proteas after the fall of initial wickets with a knock of 95*.

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Runs coming easily for the batsmen here now as Miller and de Villiers both are hitting the ball for boundaries at will.

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South Africa Score: 180/4 II Overs: 40 (de Villiers: 83*, Miller: 4*)

de Villiers is playing a gem of a knock here and the fate of this match looks sealed. His knock has been laced with seven boundaries and a six. Other players are building their innings around him. Pakistan are looking to dismiss the Proteas skipper.

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Ab de Villiers gets to his half-century off just 53 balls with four hits to the boundary and one over it. He holds the key for the Proteas here.

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Hashim Amla is dismissed. He tried to pull a short one from Irfan but the ball scooped up in the air and was taken safely by Shoaib Malik running in from cover.

HM Amla c Shoaib Malik b Mohammad Irfan 22 (65b 2x4 0x6)

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South Africa Score: 83/2 II Overs: 22 (Amla: 22*, de Villiers: 32*)

Pakistan bowlers are making things really difficult for the batsmen. The pitch and the bounce are not making things any better for the batsmen. However, these batsmen have the experience to weather the storm and take South Africa to safety.

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South Africa Score: 60/2 II Overs: 17 (Amla: 17*, de Villiers: 20*)

Amla and de Villiers are struggling to cope with the bounce this wicket is offering. Runs not coming easily and a lot of balls are being edged by the batsmen. Pakistan will be ruing the missed chances though.

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Younis Khan has dropped a sitter. This could cost Pakistan the match. Junaid Khan got the edge off de Villiers' bat and the ball went straight and at a comfortable height to Khan who grassed it.

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South Africa Score: 35/2 II Overs: 11 (Amla: 13*, de Villiers: 1*)

Hafeez has picked up the wicket of Ingram. He was looking really good in the middle but Hafeez has outsmarted the left hander and has cleaned him up.

CA Ingram b Mohammad Hafeez 15 (25m 20b 2x4 0x6)

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South Africa Score: 23/1 II Overs: 8 (Amla: 11*, Ingram: 7*)

South Africa have lost the wicket of de Kock. He was looking very uncomfortbale in the middle and Junaid scalped his wicket.

Q de Kock b Junaid Khan 3 (12b 0x4 0x6)

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Huge appeal for lbw against Amla off Junaid. The umpire says no but Pakistan decide to go in for a review. Reviews show that the umpire was right. Pakistan have used up their only review.

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South Africa Score: 1/0 II Overs: 1 (Amla: 0*, de Kock: 0*)

Mohammad Irfan to begin proceedings for South Africa. As always he gets a lot of bounce from the wicket. Amla takes a run off a miss from Kamran Akmal. Both Amla and de Kock having problems negotiating with the steep bounce. Good start for Pakistan.

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PAKISTAN Score: 205/10 II Overs: 49.1 (Irfan: 4*)

Pakistan have managed to score 205 runs in 49.1 overs. A tiny little cameo from Junaid in the death overs helped Pakistan reach a decent total.

For the Proteas, McLaren was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 31.

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PAKISTAN Score: 185/8 II Overs: 45 (Junaid: 13*, Riaz: 10*)


Pakistan have lost too many wickets all too quickly and now find themselves in a very bad position. Lack of good partnerships has been their main concern, South African bowlers have been very accurate making it very difficult for the batsmen to get runs.

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PAKISTAN Score: 151/6 II Overs: 35 (Misbah: 17*)

Pakistan have lost another wicket and this time its Shahid Afridi. Pakistan's innings is falling apart. MIsbah is still there in the middle but the all of Malik and Afridi in such a short time will hurt Pakistan.

Shahid Afridi c Ingram b McLaren 0 (3b 0x4 0x6)

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Pakistan have lost another wicket. Shoaid Malik, who was looking so comfortable in the middle has chipped one straight to mid wicket.

Shoaib Malik c Behardien b McLaren 28 (40m 31b 1x4 1x6)

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PAKISTAN Score: 137/4 II Overs: 32 (Malik: 26*, Misbah: 7*)

Pakistan have not lost any further wicket and the two experienced batsmen are leading the way. Malik has struck a beautiful boundary and a big six in his innings so far. Runs have not been very difficult to come by.

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PAKISTAN Score: 105/4 II Overs: 26 (Malik: 1*, Misbah: 1*)

Pakistan have lost two quick wickets here. Kamran Akmal was the first to go, caught by McLaren, off a top edge to an attempted sweep. Akmal’s wicket was followed by Younis Khan, caught at mid-wicket. South Africa’s brilliance in the field is evident in these two catches. Pakistan will have to start all over again.

Younis Khan c Amla b Behardien 29 (73m 58b 2x4 0x6)

Kamran Akmal c McLaren b Peterson 48 (90m 51b 6x4 1x6)

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PAKISTAN Score: 83/2 II Overs: 20 (Akmal: 36*, Khan: 22*)

Pakistan are going well here. They have not lost any further wickets and runs have also been coming at a good rate. Akmal has been the more positive of the two batsmen with four boundaries and a six. They will be looking to carry this partnership for as long as they can.

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PAKISTAN Score: 58/2 II Overs: 15 (Akmal: 23*, Khan: 10*)

Pakistan need a partnership desperately and these two batsmen are working hard to provide their team with one. Runs have not been coming easily but these batsmen have shown a lot of character so far and have resisted their temptation of going over the top. South African bowlers have been impressive and Peterson and McLaren are bowling in tandem.

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PAKISTAN Score: 31/2 II Overs: 10 (Akmal: 11*, Khan: 0*)

Farhat plays out a maiden from Tsotsobe, who as always has been spot on with his line and length. Akmal starts off well with a classic cover drive off an over-pitched delivery from Steyn. Runs have not been coming easily for Pakistan despite the occasional boundaries. Farhat especially has looked very uncomfortable in the middle. Tsotsobe gets Farhat out this time. He tries to cut one that is slightly shorter on the off stump but only manages to get an edge through to the keeper. Pakistan are in trouble now and need to build a partnership

Imran Farhat c de Villiers b Tsotsobe 13 (30b 1x4 0x6)

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PAKISTAN Score: 11/1 II Overs: 3 (Farhat: 6*, Akmal: 0*)

Good beginning for Pakistan as Farhat gets a boundary of the very first over of the innings. Steyn strayed on the pads a bit and Farhat clipped it for four. Tsotsobe starts off the 2nd over with a juicy full toss and Hafeez smacks it for a boundary. Steyn picks up the wicket of Hafeez. This was a gem of delivery from Steyn and Hafeez could do very little but edge it to slip.

Mohammad Hafeez c Ingram b Steyn 5 (9b 1x4 0x6)

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Pakistan have won the toss and have decided to bat first.

South Africa (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Colin Ingram, AB de Villiers(w/c), Farhaan Behardien, David Miller, Robin Peterson, Ryan McLaren, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Pakistan (Playing XI): Imran Farhat, Mohammad Hafeez, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq(c), Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal(w), Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan