Pakistan in South Africa, 5 ODI Series, 2019

South Africa vs Pakistan - 5th ODI

Venue: Newlands, Cape Town

Date & Time: 30 January 2019

South Africa 241/3

RR: 6.02 | South Africa beat Pakistan by 7 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Quinton de Kock c & b Usman Khan c & b Usman Khan 8358113
Hashim Amla c Mohammad Rizwan (W) & b Shaheen Afridi c Mohammad Rizwan (W) & b Shaheen Afridi 141720
Reeza Hendricks c Shaheen Afridi & b Mohammad Amir c Shaheen Afridi & b Mohammad Amir 343331
Faf du Plessis not out not out 507230
Rassie van der Dussen not out not out 506103
Andile Phehlukwayo
Willem Mulder
Dwaine Pretorius
Kagiso Rabada
Dale Steyn
Imran Tahir
Extras 10 (b 0, lb 1, w 8, nb 1)
Total 241 (3 Wkts, 40.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
39-1 (Hashim Amla,6), 100-2 (Reeza Hendricks,14.4), 146-3 (Quinton de Kock,20.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Usman Khan7 0 43 1 6.14
Shaheen Afridi7 0 34 1 4.86
Mohammad Amir8 0 40 1 5.00
Shadab Khan10 0 78 0 7.80
Mohammad Hafeez1 0 7 0 7.00
Imad Wasim7 0 38 0 5.43
Imam-ul-Haq 0 0 0 0 0
Fakhar Zaman 0 0 0 0 0
Babar Azam 0 0 0 0 0
Shoaib Malik 0 0 0 0 0
Mohammad Rizwan 0 0 0 0 0

So far so good for the Saffas. They whitewashed the visiting side in the Test series and took the ODIs 3-2 in the decider. That should give them plenty of confidence, especially after testing out a few players. Pakistan did well in the 50-over format, as they really pushed South Africa till the final game, but just fell short. They would like to finish this tour on a high though. The T20I leg is up next and the first of the 3-match series takes place at 1800 local (1600 GMT) at this same venue. Do join in for that. Cheers!

South Africa captain, Faf du Plessis, is extremely happy with the performance from his team in the decider and states that it's their best performance of the series. Reckons that the ball was coming on a bit slower in the first six overs, but the way de Kock played just eased the pressure off the rest of the batsmen. Adds that him and van der Dussen got a chance to test themselves as well which he's pleased about. Continues saying that there's more clarity about what their best combination could be so is happy with the direction in which they're going. Credits Pakistan for playing excellent white-ball cricket but is happy with how his team responded in this final game. Ends by thanking the Newlands crowd for coming out and supporting the team like they always do.

Man of the Series, Imam-ul-Haq, says he had a point to prove when he came here, he did that so wants to thank the management and the skipper for his success. Thanks his parents as well for all their support. Feels that they had a tough Test series against South Africa, so it felt more comfortable to switch to the 50-over format. States that Grant Flower worked hard with him in the nets, which helped him perform well.

Man of the Match, Quinton de Kock, says the wicket played better in the second innings so he was able to play his shots more freely. Reckons that when he got out off the no ball, he just tried not to get too worried and focus on his usual game, which helped. Mentions that Pakistan have a tough bowling unit and they were always wary of the threat they possess.

Pakistan captain, Shoaib Malik, says they played well in the previous game but this time it didn't click. Adds that their top order, especially Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman, couldn't capitalize on the starts they got. Mentions that if you get starts you have to convert, otherwise you lose. Continues saying that they will learn from their mistakes and try to improve themselves. On Imam-ul-Haq, Malik states that he's developing steadily and he's pleased to see that. On Shaheen Afridi now, the stand-in skipper says he's a talent who's coming along well too. Applauds Quinton de Kock for the kind of knock he played and stresses that he took the game away from them.

Pakistan looked a completely different team from the 4th ODI. The ruthless, clinical outfit was tamed and devoid of any spark or invention in this series decider. Barring Zaman (who got a life) and his 70 and Wasim's late cameo, there wasn't anything of mention for the touring team. Even with the ball, they just never seemed to get going. De Kock's early onslaught didn't help their cause either. Plenty to work on for them later. The presentation will be coming up shortly.

Signed, sealed and delivered. South Africa dominated this game from start to finish and came out victorious, rightfully. They started off well with the ball, limiting Pakistan to a mere 240 on a good batting deck courtesy a collective bowling effort. And then, cruised home with the bat without any trouble. The Proteas look a completely different side when de Kock is on form. He gave the perfect start and his eventual 58-ball 83 set the perfect platform. Du Plessis and van der Dussen then came in, took advantage of that platform and took the hosts across the finish line without any further hiccups, scoring their respective fifties in the process.

39.6
6
S Khan to van der Dussen, SIX! Finishes things off in style and gets to his fifty too. His 3rd in this series and ODI cricket. Well played, Rassie van der Dussen. He charges out to this floated delivery outside off and smokes it straight back down the ground for a flat maximum. SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 7 WICKETS AND TAKE THE SERIES 3-2!
39.5
2
S Khan to van der Dussen, Driven through the covers for a couple of runs.
39.4
0
S Khan to van der Dussen, Too far outside off, Rassie can't get to it.
39.3
1
S Khan to du Plessis, 31st ODI fifty for Faf du Plessis! Another fine knock from the South African leader. Gets to the milestone by easing it down to long off for a single.
39.2
0
S Khan to du Plessis, Landed short but it keeps low. Spins away and Faf defends it going deep inside his crease.
39.1
4
S Khan to du Plessis, FOUR! Streaky runs. Tossed up well outside off, spinning away, du Plessis drives and it goes off the edge. Hafeez at short third man drives to his left but can't stop it from reaching the boundary.
38.6
0
S Afridi to van der Dussen, Length ball on off, kept out from inside the crease on the off side.
38.5
0
S Afridi to van der Dussen, Some chin music for the batsman, he lets that bouncer through to the wicket-keeper.
38.4
0
S Afridi to van der Dussen, Full delivery aiming the base of off stump, a straight bat is brought down in defense.
38.3
1
S Afridi to du Plessis, Wrists this full delivery down the ground and takes off. Hasan Ali from mid on moves to his left, gets to the ball and fires a wayward throw. Single completed with ease.
38.2
0
S Afridi to du Plessis, Faf makes room, comes down the track to whack this away but seeing the extra bounce backs out of the shot.
38.1
0
S Afridi to du Plessis, Behind a length, quite close to off, kept out from inside the crease.
37.6
0
S Khan to van der Dussen, Flighted delivery on off, van der Dussen blocks it well. Only 14 needed for the hosts to win the series.
37.5
1
S Khan to du Plessis, Full on middle, the skipper drives it through mid on for a single.
37.4
1
S Khan to van der Dussen, Full on off, van der Dussen drives it towards mid off for a single.
37.3
6
S Khan to van der Dussen, SIX! What a shot. Flighted delivery on middle, van der Dussen dances down the track and lofts it straight over the bowler's head for a biggie.
37.2
0
S Khan to van der Dussen, Flighted delivery on off, the batsman keeps it out.
37.1
0
S Khan to van der Dussen, Floated on off, van der Dussen defends off the front foot.
36.6
0
S Afridi to du Plessis, On a good length on off, du Plessis keeps it out.
36.5
1
S Afridi to van der Dussen, Short of a length delivery, the batsman pulls it towards fine leg for a single.
36.4
0
S Afridi to van der Dussen, Full on middle, van der Dussen flicks it to short mid-wicket. The fielder does well to stop it.
36.3
0
S Afridi to van der Dussen, On off, van der Dussen defends off the front foot.
36.2
1
S Afridi to du Plessis, Short of a length delivery, du Plessis pulls it towards square leg for a single.
36.1
1
S Afridi to van der Dussen, Length delivery on middle, van der Dussen tucks it towards the leg side for a single.

Shaheen Afridi comes back on.

35.6
4
S Khan to du Plessis, FOUR! Good use of the feet from Faf du Plessis. Dances down, gets close to the pitch and hammers it straight back down the ground for a boundary. Just 25 needed in 84.
35.5
1
S Khan to van der Dussen, Shifts his weight on the back foot and crunches it to sweeper cover. Single to the total.
35.4
0
S Khan to van der Dussen, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
35.3
0
S Khan to van der Dussen, Darts it quicker, around off, van der Dussen stays back and keeps it out.
35.2
0
S Khan to van der Dussen, Short and outside off, some room on offer, Rassie cuts but can't beat point.
35.1
0
S Khan to van der Dussen, Lands it around off, on a driving length, van der Dussen prods forward and defends.
34.6
0
M Amir to du Plessis, Bowls a bouncer, the skipper does well to duck under it.
34.5
0
M Amir to du Plessis, On off, du Plessis taps it to short third man and goes for the single. The fielder there goes for the direct hit at the keeper's end but misses it. The skipper survives.
34.4
0
M Amir to du Plessis, Good length delivery on off, the skipper plays it to point.
34.3
0
M Amir to du Plessis, Length delivery on off, du Plessis blocks it well.
34.2
0
M Amir to du Plessis, Good length delivery on off, the skipper keeps it out.
34.1
1
M Amir to van der Dussen, Length delivery on off, van der Dussen taps it towards point where Shadab puts a dive and does well to stop it. The batsmen take a quick run.
33.6
1
S Khan to van der Dussen, Flighted delivery on off, van der Dussen taps it towards point for a single.
33.5
1
S Khan to du Plessis, Full on middle, du Plessis comes down the track and hits it towards mid on for a single.
33.4
0
S Khan to du Plessis, Floated on off, the skipper defends off the front foot.
33.3
2
S Khan to du Plessis, Tossed up on off, du Plessis drives it uppishly through covers. It is safe of the fielder at covers. The batsmen pick up a couple.
33.2
0
S Khan to du Plessis, Skates down the track to this loopy ball and defends it back down the track.
33.1
0
S Khan to du Plessis, Loopy leg break outside off, turning away, Faf defends it off the outer half towards short third man.