De Villiers basks in 'extremely satisfying' win

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Captain AB de Villiers delighted in a superb Man of the Match performance, after leading South Africa to a 117-run win – and four-one series triumph – over Pakistan in Monday's fifth and final ODI at the Sharjah International Stadium in the United Arab Emirates.

Captain AB de Villiers delighted in a superb Man of the Match performance, after leading South Africa to a 117-run win – and four-one series triumph – over Pakistan in Monday's fifth and final ODI at the Sharjah International Stadium in the United Arab Emirates.

De Villiers struck a superb century, which featured 10 boundaries and a trio of handsome sixes across 102 deliveries. His 115 formed the backbone of a final total of 268 for seven, after which the opposition slumped to a mere 151 all out.

"It is extremely satisfying. Wonderful series from the boys. We really gelled together as a team and played together as one. We put our personal differences aside and pulled for the team. It makes me a very proud captain," enthused de Villiers.

"I found the track very difficult and the spinners bowled really well. Shahid Afridi bowled a good spell to me. I felt like I was going nowhere. I don't know what happened in the last 10 to 15 overs, but it shows that if you hang in there in international sport, you can get through a bad patch. So I really enjoyed it at the end."

Fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel were rested for the final fixture, while left-arm slow bowler Robin Peterson replaced leg-spinner Imran Tahir. Seamers Wayne Parnell, and Vernon Philander, meanwhile, secured telling figures of three for 36 and two for 23 respectively.

"It is great to have the depth we have at the moment. We wanted to get Vernon involved for the last while and he showed what a special player he is. Also Parnell and Robin did well and all the energy from the team was really great," added de Villiers.

De Villiers lauded new coach Russell Domingo, who succeeded the outgoing Gary Kirsten earlier this year – and anticipated a competitive two-match Twenty20 International series against the same opposition later this week.

"You have to play your best with the same intensity. The boys did exactly that so I am really proud of that. This is a first series win for Russell away from home, so he will have a few beers I am sure," he added.

"Russell has all the makings to make a great coach one day, and he is going in that direction. I am enjoying the captaincy I am in a very good space at the moment. Tomorrow we will take it easy and there is a golf tournament here, so we will take that in. Then back for the T20I series."

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