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Proteas Win Series 3-2

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The Proteas won the last ODI against Pakistan at Sahara Willowmoore Park in Benoni. Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat. Again, Hafeez fell to the bowling of Steyn, who claimed his 100th ODI wicket. Younis Khan reached 7000 ODI runs while Kamran Akmal was short of 2 runs to reach his 50 after the fall of his wicket. Behardien had a good spell as he took the wicket of Younis Khan in his first over. Surprisingly, Boom Boom Afridi was out for a duck from the bowling of McLaren. The Pakistan tail was harder to demolish, but on his return, Morkel wrapped up the tail with two wickets as Pakistan were all out for 205. Unfortunately, the Proteas gave away 16 extras during their bowling overs.

 

The Proteas needed 206 runs to win. Both teams were off to a wobbly start with the loss of de Kock during the mandatory powerplay and Pakistan losing their review. De Villiers was dropped on 1 by Younis Khan and went on to score 95* runs.  De Villiers and Behardien built a partnership of 87 runs from 88 balls. Behardien was given out due to an lbw, but the review resulted in the decision being overturned because it hit his glove before his pad. However, moments later, he was out for 35 runs. 

 

b_290_200_16777215_00_images_Proteas_supporters.jpgThe Proteas won the series 3-2 by 208 runs, 6 wickets and 6 overs to spare. The victory also marked the Proteas' 300th ODI win.

During the series, de Villiers scored a total of 367 runs while Irfan took a total of 11 wickets. In the end, the Man of the Match and Man of the Series was AB de Villiers. He also became the first South African to win Man of the Series for both the Test and ODI Series in one tour.

 

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