Sharjah, 11 November
AB de Villiers stormed to an unbeaten century to help South Africa beat Pakistan convincingly by 117 runs in the fifth and final one-day in Sharjah on Monday, winning the five-match series 4-1.AB de Villiers scored 115 from 102 balls with ten boundaries and three sixes — his 15th one-day hundred — to lift South Africa to an imperious 268-7 before bowling Pakistan out for 151 in 35.3 overs. Sohaib Maqsood top-scored with a solid 53 but otherwise Pakistan failed to capitalise a weakened South African bowling attack with spearheads Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, and spinner Imran Tahir rested for the meaningless match as the series was already decided.
Pakistan were 8-2 with Ahmed Shehzad (two) and Mohammad Hafeez (six) by the fifth over, once again highlighting the top-order failure in the series.
It was Maqsood, who hit 56 on his debut in Abu Dhabi on Friday, who gave some consolation to another lackluster batting effort with a 63-ball half-century before he became one of two victims for Jean-Paul Duminy who finished with 2-14. Wayne Parnell finished with 3-36. Umar Akmal made 30 while skipper Misbah-ul Haq hit 18. Shahid Afridi and Umar Amin failed once more as South Africa took the last six wickets for 41.