5th ODI, Benoni, Mar 24 2013, Pakistan tour of South Africa
(44/50 ov, target 206)
South Africa won by 6 wickets (with 36 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
South Africa
• The 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 
Scorer: S Balasubramanian
Commentator: Devashish Fuloria
Scorecard summary
Pakistan205(49.1 overs)
Kamran Akmal48 (51)
Younis Khan29 (58)
Ryan McLaren3/32(10)
Morne Morkel2/33(9.1)
South Africa208/4(44 overs)
end of over 4414 runs
SA: 208/4CRR: 4.72 
AB de Villiers95 (111)
David Miller20 (20)
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.


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)"

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
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..."

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"

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
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..
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

end of over 4312 runs
SA: 194/4CRR: 4.51 • RRR: 1.71 • Need 12 from 42b
David Miller17 (19)
AB de Villiers84 (106)
Mohammad Hafeez4-0-23-1
Saeed Ajmal10-1-34-0

SafferBoy: "Funny how SA are chokers when Sri Lanka has lost -if I'm not mistaken- 4 consecutive finals that they've played in...Surely they hold the title now?"

Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, no run
slower this time and tossed up, he defends it towards midwicket
Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, FOUR runs
oh lovely hit through cover! It was quicker on the off stump, he waited for it on the back foot and spanks it through covers off the back foot, the fielders had no chance to move
Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, 2 runs
quicker delivery, it's full too, flicked down to fine-leg for a single
Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, no run
goes for a sweep, but misses as he is hit on the pads, but it was sliding down the leg side
Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, no run
pushed through on the stumps, the batsman punches it to mid-on
Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, SIX runs
comes down the track, gets under the ball and sends it over the deep midwicket boundary, easily done

Ryan: "Funny how people think SA have no chance of winning Champions Trophy based on past history - yet SA won it in 1998. It's a forgettable tournament tbh."

end of over 42Maiden
SA: 182/4CRR: 4.33 • RRR: 3.00 • Need 24 from 48b
AB de Villiers84 (106)
David Miller5 (13)
Saeed Ajmal10-1-34-0
Mohammad Hafeez3-0-11-1

A maiden by Ajmal

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run
pushed through on the stumps, AB defends it solidly to midwicket
Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run
he goes on the back foot and punches the quicker delivery to short cover

Ravindra Jadeja: "Trott, you were saying something ???"

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run
another one on the pads, it's flicked to short fine-leg this time
Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run
fuller length on the pads, hit straight to the same fielder
Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run
flatter delivery on the pads, the batsman works it straight to backward square leg
Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run
he skips down the track but doesn't get any bat on it, the ball hits the pads and goes to short fine leg
Best performances - batsmen
AB de Villiers
95 runs (111)
9 fours
1 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
27 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
Kamran Akmal
48 runs (51)
6 fours
1 sixes
Productive shot
cut shot on back foot
14 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
R McLaren
M Morkel
Match details
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
TossPakistan , elected to bat first
SeriesPakistan tour of South Africa
Player Of The Match
AB de Villiers
Player Of The Series
AB de Villiers
Series resultSouth Africa won the 5-match series 3-2
Match numberODI no. 3350
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 days24 March 2013 (50-over match)
Johan Cloete
Billy Bowden
TV Umpire
Kumar Dharmasena
Reserve Umpire
Adrian Holdstock
Match Referee
Andy Pycroft