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De Villiers caps off fine series

Captain AB de Villiers hit 115 not out as South Africa resoundingly completed a 4-1 win in their one-day international series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

The Proteas’ top order largely failed to fire but de Villiers ensured his side reached 268 for seven.

Totals of 259 and 266 were enough to win the two previous games in Abu Dhabi by 68 and 28 runs respectively and Pakistan, the designated hosts, were again unable to rise to the challenge as they succumbed by 117 runs.

They were bowled out for 151 with almost 15 overs wasted, Wayne Parnell taking 3- 36 to set up a thumping 117-run win despite 53 from Sohaib Maqsood.

Mohammad Irfan trapped Hashim Amla lbw yet Quinton de Kock responded well before being pinned in front by Saeed Ajmal for 31.

JP Duminy fell to Mohammad Hafeez quickly after, although Francois du Plessis and de Villiers rebuilt with a patient stand of 62.

The former fell four short of a half-century, having Junaid Khan to deep square-leg, after which David Miller departed for 15.

But de Villiers responded outstandingly, his 102-ball innings featuring 10 fours and two sixes securing a good total.

It was to prove more than sufficient as Ryan McLaren, Vernon Philander and Duminy took two wickets apiece to impressively support Parnell.

Only Maqsood and Umar Akmal, with 30, managed to get starts as Pakistan sunk without a trace.

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