It was an intriguing match that ended with just 4.3 overs to go, as the hosts nearly pulled off a miracle draw to save the series. But alas, Graeme Smith's final game in national kit ended in defeat.
Truncated or stop-start, call them what you will, but Kevin Pietersen's statistics are pretty impressive at the end of a reasonably prolific career.
The pressure is immense, the player is usually not in good form, or a bit over the hill, and the opposition is beyond fired up and eager to remove said batsman. Here are the a few of the legendary batsmen's final scores.
The partnership between South Africa Test skipper Graeme Smith and ODI counterpart AB de Villiers lasted for an entire match day, all told, and comprised the vast bulk of the 517 the Proteas scored in Dubai.
Usman Khawaja is the latest person to go in at first drop, but he made just 25 runs in Manchester and 21 at Chester-le-Street, so the battle for a Punter replacement continues, with an eye to the return leg of the Ashes in November.