South Africa outclassed Pakistan in decider to win ODI series 3-2 against Pakistan. Proteas bowlers restricted Pakistan to 240 for 8 in the fifth ODI. South Africa’s experimentation with bowling and all-rounder options throughout the series paid dividends in the decider. Proteas all-rounders Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius and Wiaan Mulder came handy by knocking five wickets to limit Pakistan to below-par score of 240. South Africa got bragging rights with comfortable victory for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.
Proteas spearhead Dale Steyn drew first blood by bouncing out leading run scorer of ODI series Imam-ul-Haq. Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman and Babar Zaman tried to revive visitors’ batting by 50 runs partnership. Dwaine Pretorius bowled Babar on 24 runs to end the promising stand. Mohammad Hafeez could not get going and snicked Phehlukwayo delivery to keeper de Kock. Fakhar Zaman played brilliantly after early chance, amassing 70 runs off 73 balls with 10 fours. Imran Tahir took athletic catch at deep fine leg boundary to send Fakhar packing. Pakistan’s second-choice wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan got dismissed by Dwaine Pretorius after miserable 10 runs of 30 deliveries. Shoaib Malik, stand-in captain in absence of regular skipper Sarfraz Ahmed suspended on racial comments charge, got run-out after mix-up with Shadab Khan, who himself miss-timed a Wiaan Mulder delivery to short mid-wicket. Imad Wasim played brilliantly to take Pakistan to 240/8 with 31 ball 47 runs, comprising of 4 fours and 2 sixes.
South Africa opener Quinton de Kock made chase easy from get going. His partner Hashim Amla was caught behind early by wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan on Shaheen Shah Afridi delivery. One down Reeza Hendricks farmed fifty plus runs partnership with de Kock before getting dismissed by Mohammad Amir for 34 runs. Quinton de Kock smashed 11 fours and three sixes to register 83 runs of 58 balls, before miss-timing a Usman Shinwari delivery to mid-wicket. Proteas captain Faf du Plessis and new batting find Rassie van der Dussen took hosts home with fifty apiece.
Andile Phehlukwayo has turned star performer for South Africa in ODI series versus touring Pakistan side. He took most wickets with 8 scalps and recorded decent lower order batting to bolster his credentials for all-rounder spot. Rassie van der Dussen has proved his selection right by becoming leading scorer for Proteas with 241 runs in 4 innings. Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis have displayed good batting form. Rotation in South Africa squad has offered rest for senior players and allowed team management to check alternative players. Proteas coach Ottis Gibson has provided extended run to the all-rounders extended in the team.