Player of the Match
Player of the Match
170dThe Report by Firdose Moonda in Benoni

De Villiers special takes South Africa to series win

AB de Villiers racked up his third half-century in the series, in which he also scored a hundred, to guide South Africa to victory in their chase in Benoni with six overs to spare, sealing a 3-2 win for the hosts

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers
95(111) 9x4 - 1x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 27 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
10 2 7 18 21 9 12 16
Kamran Akmal
48(51) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 14 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
2 5 3 15 16 1 0 6

Best performances - Bowlers

R McLaren
O10
M0
R32
W3
Eco3.20
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
M Morkel
M Morkel
O9.1
M0
R33
W2
Eco3.60
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Pakistan , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

South Africa won the 5-match series 3-2

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

10.00 start, First Session 10.00-13.30, Interval 13.30-14.15, Second Session 14.15-17.45

Match days

24 March 2013 (50-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: S Balasubramanian | Commentator: Devashish Fuloria

END OF OVER:
44 | 14 Runs | SA: 208/4 | RR: 4.72

  • AB de Villiers95 (111b)
  • David Miller20 (20b)
  • Wahab Riaz7-0-44-0
  • Mohammad Hafeez4-0-23-1

So that is all from us from this series. Firdose will be analysing the series and please keep an eye for that. Thanks for all your comments and feedback, for now this is Devashish Fuloria signing off, ciao ciao.


Presentation

AB de Villliers: "It was a great team effort. It was a pleasure playing here in Benoni, and it was a great series and well-played by Pakistan team too. It is always easy turning back to Dale, but the whole bowling unit got better and better. Ryan is one of those guys, he just makes it happen, he got Misbah and Afridi in one over and that was a big game changer. Pakistan are a world-class team, they will surely climb the world-rankings soon and good luck to them. I am in good form at the moment, but I am not probably timing it as well as I like to."

AB wins both Man of the Match and the Man of the Series awards

Misbah: "I think it was a 250 pitch and it was gettable the way we started, but we lost wickets at crucial times and chose wrong shots, but SA played really well. We had a good partnership in the middle and we should have stretched it was 1 10 more overs. (on AB's drop) These things happen in cricket. But Irfan bowled really well throughout the series and gave us all the crucial breakthroughs, he just needs to work on his fitness a bit. The team got some confidence during the series, we just need to play quality cricket and keep competing. We could have really enjoyed had we won this one, but still a good series. "


The match had all the makings of a good contest here in Benoni, but Pakistan fell short by 30-40 runs on a pitch that had enough on it to keep the bowlers in business. But it came down to the experience and the brilliance of AB de Villiers to steer the chase and do this easily for South Africa. Farhan Behaardien played a mature innings too and well supported his captain. So SA remains one destination where Pakistan haven't won an ODI series. Stick around because we will have the pearls from captains in just a bit...

luke: "may SA's river of off-nights continue long into the future!! yet another good win:)"

suhail shafi shah: "well played S.A. and Pakistan.. both of u entertained us for last 3 months or so.. congrates S.A. & A.B. for outperforming Pak when it mattered..."

Osama Baig: "... Aaaaannnd the trend continues. Screen matches in university = Pakistan loses. (No, AB had nothing to do with it)"


43.6
4
Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, FOUR runs, moves outside the leg side and slaps the length delivery over extra cover for a one-bounce four, take a bow AB.. what a dynamite of a player, that shot gives SA the series win
43.5
2
Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, 2 runs, makes room by arching his back and steers it to deep backward point for a couple, he is into the nineties

Magpie: "Even chokers can have an off night. After all, that's how they win..."

43.4
0
Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, no run, a rare play and a miss by AB as he tries to push the length delivery through cover

Trevor: "miller denies ab a ton"

43.3
4
Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, FOUR runs, he bends down on his knee and slaps it over mid-off for a flat....six, is it? well almost, just bounces inside the boundary
43.2
3
Wahab Riaz to Miller, 3 runs, length ball outside off, the batsman pushes it firmly through cover where the fielder dives over the ball and allows it to go through, not very good by Farhat there..
43.1
1
Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, 1 run, he walks across the stumps and punches it to deep midwicket for a single

Wahab comes from over the wicket

South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st12HM AmlaQ de Kock
2nd22HM AmlaCA Ingram
3rd49HM AmlaAB de Villiers
4th87AB de VilliersF Behardien
5th38AB de VilliersDA Miller