Proteas win series thanks to De Kock, Steyn

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South Africa took an unassailable three-one series lead against Pakistan on Friday, winning the fourth ODI in Abu Dhabi by 28 runs thanks to a career-best five-fer display from fast-bowler Dale Steyn.

South Africa took an unassailable three-one series lead against Pakistan on Friday, winning the fourth ODI in Abu Dhabi by 28 runs thanks to a career-best five-fer display from fast-bowler Dale Steyn.

The Proteas posted a formidable 266 for five, with Quinton de Kock's maiden century the highlight for the visitors. Pakistan then initially made a go of the chase, before Steyn took three wickets in one over to break the resistance.

The visitors won the toss and chose to bat first, with De Kock opening the batting alongside Hashim Amla in the absence of Graeme Smith and the dropping of Colin Ingram. De Kock's average was just over 21 at the start of the game, and at the end it was above 35.

The openers put on a partnership of 87 in the first 19 overs, before Amla was bowled by Mohammad Hafeez for 46. He had struck six fours in his 50 deliveries, while De Kock played a more subdued role.

Faf du Plessis could only add 10 to the total before finding himself out to Mohammad Irfan, caught by Saeed Ajmal, and David Miller also failed to impress, making just five before Hafeez trapped him LBW.

AB de Villiers batted with De Kock for a while, making 30 as the 20-year-old advanced towards his ton. They put on 69 together before De Villiers fell to Junaid Khan. The paceman then also removed De Kock two overs later.

This left JP Duminy and Ryan McLaren to put on another half century stand and push the score over 250, a target Pakistan had not reached while chasing in more than two years.

Pakistan's knock suffered a few mini-collapses after getting off to a solid enough start. Openers Ahmed Shehzad and Hafeez put on 74 for the first wicket, before Shehzad was run out for 43 by De Villiers and De Kock.

Hafeez was out two overs later to 33, bowled by Imran Tahir, and in the next over Asad Shafiq fell to Lonwabo Tsotsobe for just one. This left Pakistan on 86 for three, thus again asking skipper Misbah-ul-Haq to come to the rescue.

Misbah once again scored a half century, this time in partnership with Sohaib Maqsood as the pair put on 88 runs to push the score to 174 in the 37th over, and at that point the hosts were on track to reach the target.

But then Steyn arrived to the party and took the next five wickets to fall. Maqsood was the first, caught by De Villiers for 56, and then Sohail Tanvir was out for one, caught by Amla.

Misbah was still there for another 50 runs, and he ended up making 65 off 76 balls, but was one of three wickets Steyn removed in the 47th over. Umar Akmal and Saeed Ajmal were the other two, the latter for a duck.

Shahid Afridi failed to live up to Boom Boom and was run out for three, and Ryan McLaren took the final wicket in the last over, bowling Junaid Khan. Steyn was awarded Man of the Match for his career-best 5/25.

<b>Pakistan:</b> Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Asad Shafiq, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan.

<b>South Africa:</b> Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Imran Tahir.

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