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SA Vs PAK 5th ODI: Du Plessis, Rassie Van Der Dussen Power Proteas To Series Win

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| January 31 , 2019 , 15:50 IST

Faf du Plessis led-South Africa team comfortably won the one-day series against Pakistan on Wednesday with an easy seven-wicket victory in the decisive and fifth ODI. It was the Captain himself and newcomer Rassie van der Dussen who took the Proteas over the line at Newlands.

Both the batsmen finished on 50 not out and the home team eased the target of 241-3 with 10 overs to spare and hence winning the series 3-2.

South African batsman Van der Dussen continued his successful start to international cricket with his third half-century in four innings in his debut ODI series. He clubbed a six to go to his 50 and grab the game for the home team.

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He and du Plessis unbroken 95-run partnership took South Africa across the line but opener Quinton de Kock set it up with his quick-fire 83-runs from 58 balls at the top of the order. De Kock smashed 11 fours and three sixes after being given a life when he was caught off a no-ball on 12-runs.

While wicketkeeper-batsman de Kock underlined his value to South Africa’s 50-over team, van der Dussen and allrounder Andile Phehlukwayo likely made the biggest impressions through the series.

Phehlukwayo continued his strong form with 2-42 with his seam bowling in the final game. He grabbed the wickets of Pak opener Fakhar Zaman, who top-scored for his team with 70-runs, and the experienced Mohammad Hafeez for 17. Phehlukwayo took those two wickets in quick succession to slow Pakistan in the middle overs.

Bowler-cum batsman Imad Wasim made late runs for his 47 not out off 31 deliveries to get Pakistan to 240 but it wasn’t enough to stop South Africa winning a seesaw series.