RESULT
3rd ODI, Centurion, November 30, 2013, Pakistan tour of South Africa
(38.4/50 ov, T:180) 181/6

South Africa won by 4 wickets (with 68 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
3/26
vernon-philander
Player Of The Series
5 wkts
saeed-ajmal
SA
Full commentary

So wraps a historic win for Pakistan as they win the ODI series 2-1, much to the surprise of many well-wishers and supporters, who after the previous series in the UAE would probably not have fathomed such a result. A visibly buoyant Pakistan team pose with the series trophy as the sun sets on what has been a successful tour for the tourists. They now embark for the tour of Sri Lanka, which is set to begin on December 11, while South Africa have just five days before India arrive to play the first ODI on December 5. So plenty of cricket to look forward to in the next few weeks. On behalf of Gopi, the scorer, and Abhishek Purohit, this is Rohan Sharma hoping you enjoyed today's coverage of the third and final ODI in South Africa. Ciao!

Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan captain: Already said in the second game as it was much needed to win this series. Have had a lot of youngsters coming in and performing, especially after losing the home series in UAE. Really happy with how everyone played, and even though I am a bit disappointed with today, there is a lot we achieved on this tour. We have so many choices in the bowling department. Irfan can bowl well and take wickets, along with all the allrounders. If you have choices like that then you can really go for it. This should help us in the Sri Lanka tour. Winning here in South Africa also helps us mentally. Pressure was on but I know in cricket that these things happen. Sometimes you are trying everything and giving 100%, and you still lose. You have to be patient and bat well, which we have done through this series. Really happy with the way the team fought here. This is always important, especially in the sub-continent. If you want to lead the side, then you have to perform consistently. You have to perform as a leader.

Saeed Ajmal (Pak), Man of the Series: I am very happy with my captain, my team-mates. They are always with me when I am bowling. Enjoying this a lot. I come to bowl and need to attack and get the wickets, so I do it. It's not easy but we work hard so that is why I don't take easy wickets. Very happy to play against South Africa.

Vernon Philander (SA), Man of the Match: I am enjoying the challenge at the moment. It's tough to be out of the side, but I am enjoying every moment out there. With the first new ball there is not a lot changing. As far as we can we try to strike with the new nut. I think the two new balls makes a difference as the ball stays a lot harder for a lot longer, also helped me get back into the fold again. My lengths still stay the same so I don't have to adjust too much there. Just aim for top of off and hope for the best.

AB de Villiers, South Africa captain: I am happy with a few areas. I thought we bowled exceptionally well and we adapted to conditions well this morning. It was tough to come out and bat against a world-class attack. Happy with how we stuck it through. It didn't do much this morning and we bowled really well. Have to give credit to my bowling unit for taking wickets on this pitch. It was really tough to bat out there and score. That's why it made the run chase so special for us. We need a bit more care with the partnerships. We seem to get in and get out. If we get in we have to take it deep. Another big series coming up against India. They have been playing really good cricket around the world and are No. 1 and will be a great challenge for us. Hopefully we can beat the Indian team here in South Africa.

Do join us in a few minutes for the match presentation

And with that South Africa are able to take a consolation win after they had lost the series in the previous match. Pakistan will be content in how they kept South Africa honest, despite positing a sub-par total of just 179. AB de Villiers was the main anchor for South Africa's innings, especially after how he had given it away during his 45-ball 74 in the previous match, a match which South Africa should have had in the kitty by all accounts. Dav Whatmore will be pleased with how his side performed in alien conditions, and Pakistan will go back happy after they secured a 2-1 result.

38.4
4
Tanvir to Parnell, FOUR runs

Parnell able to seal the match in style with a cover drive that leaves the Pakistan fielders in their tracks as this limbers over the extra-cover rope

38.3
1
Tanvir to de Villiers, 1 run

AB able to bunt this one down to mid-on for a quick-ran single

38.2
1
Tanvir to Parnell, 1 run

squared up by this one as Parnell hangs his bat to get a thick outside edge down to third man

38.1
Tanvir to Parnell, no run

length ball on the pads as Parnell fails to get this away

With 5 required, Misbah turns to Sohail Tanvir

end of over 384 runs
SA: 175/6CRR: 4.60 RRR: 0.41
Wayne Parnell2 (6)
AB de Villiers47 (62)
Abdur Rehman 9-0-40-1
Bilawal Bhatti 8-1-35-1

Badal Kumar: "South african batting doesn't look as strong as use to be. It looks very fragile apart from AB and Amla.."

37.6
1
Abdur to Parnell, 1 run

Parnell creates space to push this one down to mid-off to retain strike for the next over

37.5
1
Abdur to de Villiers, 1 run

AB caresses this one down to sweeper cover for an easy single

37.4
1
Abdur to Parnell, 1 run

Parnell succeeds in finding the gap at mid-on to get a single

37.3
Abdur to Parnell, no run

Parnell, on the back foot, pushes this just to the right of the bowler

37.2
1
Abdur to de Villiers, 1 run

AB de Villiers punches this one off the back foot to find long-off

37.1
Abdur to de Villiers, no run

length ball on middle which is defended back to the bowler

end of over 377 runs
SA: 171/6CRR: 4.62 RRR: 0.69
Wayne Parnell0 (3)
AB de Villiers45 (59)
Bilawal Bhatti 8-1-35-1
Saeed Ajmal 10-1-34-2
36.6
Bhatti to Parnell, no run

full toss from Bhatti as Parnell fails to drive this down the ground, finding mid-on instead

36.5
1
Bhatti to de Villiers, 1 run

AB waits on the back foot to flat bat this behind square, and when short third man makes a fumble, is able to take the run

36.4
4
Bhatti to de Villiers, FOUR runs

going down the leg side and AB obliges by helping this round the corner with a sweet-timed pull

Anoop Khushalani: "One more wicket (AB) now will put PAK on top."

36.3
Bhatti to de Villiers, no run

AB looking to stand and deliver as he lasers this through the off side, but hits it straight to silly mid-off

36.2
1lb
Bhatti to Parnell, 1 leg bye

going down the pads as Parnell looks to get this behind, with the ball hitting his pads and rolling to the right of the keeper. AB and Parnell run a hesitant bye

36.1
1
Bhatti to de Villiers, 1 run

AB whips this shortish delivery off the pads

end of over 365 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 164/6CRR: 4.55 RRR: 1.14
Wayne Parnell0 (1)
AB de Villiers39 (55)
Saeed Ajmal 10-1-34-2
Bilawal Bhatti 7-1-29-1
35.6
Ajmal to Parnell, no run

Parnell sees off the final ball as Ajmal finishes a testing spell

Wayne Parnell strides to the crease

35.5
W
Ajmal to McLaren, OUT

and Ajmal penetrates McLaren's defence with the doosra as McLaren, looking to cover the line for the ball turning away, is instead greeted with one that hits the handle of the bat, and inside-edges onto the stumps. A solid effort from McLaren as South Africa whittle down the target

Ryan McLaren b Saeed Ajmal 17 (41m 29b 2x4 0x6) SR: 58.62
35.4
1
Ajmal to de Villiers, 1 run

follows that up with a gentle flick to the leg side for one

Anoop Khushalani: "Can Ajmal do it in his last over for PAK?"

35.3
4
Ajmal to de Villiers, FOUR runs

AB de Villiers crunches this fuller one through extra-cover to bring up his second boundary this innings. Looking to press the accelerator now as only 17 are required

 
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