South Africa vs Pakistan 5th ODI: De Kock’s blitz hands South Africa 3-2 series win

Quinton de Kock 83 South Africa Pakistan 5th ODI Cape Town cricket

Quinton de Kock struck 11 boundaries and three sixes during his knock of 83

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Quinton de Kock walloped a 58-ball 83 to not only lead South Africa to a seven-wicket win over Pakistan in the fifth ODI in Cape Town, but also a 3-2 series win.

Being put in to bat first, Pakistan lost opener Imam-ul-Haq early on as he was caught by Dwaine Pretorius at deep third man off the bowling of Dale Steyn for eight runs.

Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman made up for the loss of Imam with a 56-run partnership before Azam was clean bowled by Pretorius for 24.

Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez added 44 runs to the score before Hafeez was caught behind off the bowling of Andile Phehlukwayo for 17.

Zaman went on to score 70, which came off 73 balls and included 10 boundaries, before he was caught by Imran Tahir at deep fine leg off the bowling of Phehlukwayo.

Once Zaman was gone, Pakistan began losing wickets at regular intervals, but Imad Wasim’s 31-ball 47, which included four boundaries and two sixes, ensured they finished on 240/8.

Pretorius and Phehlukwayo picked up two wickets apiece, while Steyn, Wiaan Mulder and Kagiso Rabada chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 241 to win, South Africa got off to a decent start before opener Hashim Amla was caught behind off the bowling of Shaheen Shah Afridi for 14.

De Kock and Reeza Hendricks steadied things with a 61-run partnership before Hendricks was caught by Afridi at third man off the bowling of Mohammad Amir for 34.

De Kock proceeded to score 83, which came off 58 balls and included 11 boundaries and three sixes, before he was dismissed by Usman Khan Shinwari.

Despite losing De Kock, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen finished things off with an unbeaten 95-run stand, during which both batsmen brought up their fifties.

Du Plessis ended up making 50, which came off 72 balls and included three boundaries, while Van der Dussen also remained undefeated on 50, which came off 61 deliveries and included three sixes.

Shinwari, Afridi and Amir claimed one wicket each.

De Kock was named Man of the Match.

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