South Africa beats Pakistan by 7 wickets on the unofficial finale and bags the 5 match ODI series by 3-2 on Newlands, Cape Town. Protea wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Cock won the man of the match for his destructive inning. Pakistani opener Imam-ul-Haq got the man of the series for his consistency.
South Africa won the match and offered the visitors to bat first. Pakistan lost they’re on form opener Imam-ul-Haq on the 3rd over and 8 runs on the scoreboard. Then Fakhar Zaman made 56 runs with Babar Azam. But scoring 24 runs from 25 deliveries with 4 fours Babar Azam bold to Dwaine Pretorius.
Mohammad Hafeez scored 17 runs and got beat to Andile Phehlukwayo at 108 runs on the scoreboard. Adding 20 runs on the scoreboard and scoring an inning of 70 runs off 74 balls with 10 fours, Fakhar Zaman became a pickup to Andile Phehlukwayo. Pakistan lost Mohammad Rizwan and Shadab Khan early.
Then Captain Shoaib Malik scored 31 runs from 44 balls with a four and had a run out at 174 runs on the scoreboard. Imad Wasim also scored 47 runs from 31 deliveries with 4 fours and couple of sixes. That brought Pakistan 240 runs for 8 wickets.
Every protea bowler was so economic that proves on the scoreboard. But Dwaine Pretorius and Andile Phehlukwayo got a couple of wickets. Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Willem Mulder had a wicket each. that made the way of South Africa beats Pakistan by 7 wickets on the unofficial finale and bags the 5 match ODI series by 3-2
South Africa Inning
To the target of below average score, South Africa lost their opener Hashim Amla at 39 runs on the scoreboard. Then another opener Quinton de Cock made 61 runs with Reeza Hendricks. As scoring 34 runs from 33 balls with 3 fours and a six, Reeza Hendricks became a pickup to Shaheen Afridi at 100 runs on the scoreboard.
Captain Faf du Plessis came to the wicket and companied Quinton de Cock well. But their 46 runs partnership was broken to Quinton de Cocks wicket. Scoring 83 runs from only 58 balls with 11 fours and 3 sixes, Quinton de Cock became a pickup to Usman Khan. That was the last success of the Pakistani bowlers.
Then Captain Faf du Plessis and Rassie Van der Dussen made no mistake to reach the target of 241 runs with 10m overs in hand and 7 wickets in hand. South Africa beats Pakistan by 7 wickets on the unofficial finale and bags the 5 match ODI series by 3-2.
Man of the match
The wicket played better in the second innings and I just tried to take full toll of that. Obviously, I like batting second in the ODIs and when I got out to the no-ball I told not to worry too much and focus on the way the game is going. I think when we chatted after Test matches we knew they had a good team and the wickets are quite flat and we always knew it’s going to be a tough series. We know what they are capable of doing.
Man of the series
I had a point to prove and I want to thank the management, the captain and the batting coach and have been working very hard for the last one and half years. I want to thank almighty and my parents too. We had a tough Test series and the ODI cricket feels a bit comfortable and I was in good nick in the Asia Cup and in New Zealand series. I was working hard in the nets. Grant Flower was working hard with me and I knew if I can play with confidence and be mentally strong I can perform really well.
Finally, South Africa beats Pakistan by 7 wickets on the unofficial finale and bags the 5 match ODI series by 3-2. As South Africa Whitewashed Pakistan on the test but ODI became more contesting. Hope t-20 will more exciting.