Steyn shines as SA clinch series

2013-11-09 00:00

ABU DHABI — Dale Steyn claimed five wickets to guide South Africa to a 28-run victory over Pakistan in the fourth one-day international at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi yesterday to clinch the five-match series with a game to spare.

Dale Steyn finished with 5-25 in 10 overs to bowl the Proteas to victory after Quinton de Kock had scored his maiden ODI century in only his ninth match for the Proteas in a total of 266 for five after AB de Villiers had won the toss and elected to bat first.

Pakistan made a solid start with Mohammad Hafeez (33) and Ahmed Shehzad (43) adding 74 for the first wicket, but then three quick wickets set the home side back. But then an 88-run partnership for the fourth wicket between captain Misbah-ul-Haq (65) and debutant Sohaib Maqsood (56) looked set to drive Pakistan towards a series-levelling win.

Enter the “Steyn Remover”, who turned the game on its head with three wickets in one over. Steyn dismissed Misbah, Umar Akmal (22) and Saeed Ajmal for a first-ball duck to rock Pakistan from 228 for five to 231 for eight. Once Shahid Afridi (three) was run out with a direct hit from Faf du Plessis, the series was there for South Africa to enjoy.

Earlier, dashing opener Quinton de Kock smashed his maiden one-day century to lift South Africa to a commanding 266-5. The 20-year-old left-hander made the most of a dropped catch at slip by Mohammad Hafeez off Sohail Tanveer when on only two with a 135-ball 112 to bolster South Africa’s innings. De Villiers won the toss and opted to bat on a flat Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch.

De Kock lifted lanky paceman Mohammad Irfan over long-on for a big six to reach the three-figure mark off 127 balls, anchoring the innings with an 87-run opening stand with Hashim Amla (46) and another 69 for the third wicket with skipper AB de Villiers, who made 40-ball 30. In all, De Kock hit nine boundaries and a six during his attractive knock.

Pakistan, seeking to level the five-match series after going 2-1 down, also missed a golden opportunity to run out Amla on 13, when skipper Misbah-ul Haq failed to break the stumps with the batsman well short of his crease on a single.

Amla was finally dismissed by Hafeez, bowled in an attempt to run the ball to third man in the 19th over. Amla hit six boundaries off 50 balls.

De Kock continued in the same vein, reaching his maiden fifty off 68 balls.

Irfan had Faf du Plessis for 10 but De Kock and De Villiers countered the bowling with confidence, adding 35 in the five batting power-play overs before both fell to paceman Junaid Khan in the space of 10 runs.

De Villiers miscued a lofted shot and was caught at cover while De Kock hit straight into the hands of mid-off in the 43rd over.

Ryan McLaren (28) and Jean-Paul Duminy (25) added a quickfire 52, hitting two sixes off Saeed Ajmal’s 49th over.

Khan finished with 2-42 while Hafeez took 2-34.

Pakistan made two changes from the side that lost the third match here by 68 runs on Wednesday, leaving out Wahab Riaz and Umar Amin for Sohaib Maqsood and Khan. The 26-year-old Maqsood made his one-day debut.

South Africa, who won the first match by one run in Sharjah but lost the second by 66 runs in Dubai, remained unchanged.


South Africa:

Q. de Kock c Misbah b Khan112

Hashim Amla b Hafeez46

F du Plessis c Ajmal b Irfan10

AB. de Villiers c Hafeez b Khan30

D. Miller lbw b Hafeez5

JP Duminy not out25

R. McLaren not out28

Extras (b1, lb9)10

TOTAL (five wickets; 50 overs)266

Fall of wickets 1-87 (Amla), 2-129 (du Plessis), 3-198 (De Villiers), 4-210 (De Kock), 5-214 (Miller)

Bowling: Irfan 8-0-51-1, Tanvir 6-0-38-0, Khan 9-0-42-2, Ajmal 10-0-53-0, Afridi 8-0-38-0, Hafeez 9-0-34-2


Ahmed Shehzad run out43

Mohammad Hafeez b Tahir33

Sohaib Maqsood c de Villiers b Steyn56

Asad Shafiq c Morkel b Tsotsobe1

Misbah-ul-Haq c de Villiers b Steyn65

Sohail Tanvir c Amla b Steyn1

Umar Akmal c Morkel b Steyn22

Shahid Afridi run out3

Saeed Ajmal b Steyn0

Mohammad Irfan not out2

Junaid Khan b McLaren4

Extras (lb1, w7)8

TOTAL (all out; 49.2 overs)238

Fall of wickets 1-74 (Shehzad), 2-85 (Hafeez), 3-86 (Shafiq), 4-174 (Maqsood), 5-180 (Tanvir), 6-228 (Umar), 7-230 (Misbah), 8-231 (Ajmal), 9-232 (Afridi)

Bowling: Steyn 10-1-25-5 (w2), Tsotsobe 10-0-49-1 (w2), Morkel 10-0-44-0, McLaren 9.2-0-59-1 (w3), Tahir 8-0-51-1, Duminy 2-0-9-0

Result: South Africa won by 28 runs

Toss: South Africa

Umpires: Ahsan Raza (PAK) and Steve Davis (AUS) TV umpire: Richard Illingworth (ENG)

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI).

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