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.
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!
S Khan to van der Dussen, Driven through the covers for a couple of runs.
S Khan to van der Dussen, Too far outside off, Rassie can't get to it.
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.
S Khan to du Plessis, Landed short but it keeps low. Spins away and Faf defends it going deep inside his crease.
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.
END OF OVER: 39 | 1 Runs 0 Wkt | SA: 228/3
S Afridi to van der Dussen, Length ball on off, kept out from inside the crease on the off side.
S Afridi to van der Dussen, Some chin music for the batsman, he lets that bouncer through to the wicket-keeper.
S Afridi to van der Dussen, Full delivery aiming the base of off stump, a straight bat is brought down in defense.
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.
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.
S Afridi to du Plessis, Behind a length, quite close to off, kept out from inside the crease.
END OF OVER: 38 | 8 Runs 0 Wkt | SA: 227/3
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.
S Khan to du Plessis, Full on middle, the skipper drives it through mid on for a single.
S Khan to van der Dussen, Full on off, van der Dussen drives it towards mid off for a single.
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.