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Shehzad sets up Pakistan triumph

Ahmed Shehzad’s third format hundred and impressive bowling from Junaid Khan earned Pakistan a creditable first bilateral one-day series victory over South Africa.

Shehzad’s 112-ball 102 underpinned a defendable score of 262 all out while Dale Steyn return one-day international-best figures of 6-39 in a game at Port Elizabeth delayed and reduced to 45 overs a side by rain.

Junaid then took three important wickets and defended nine from the last over for a one-run win that put the tourists 2-0 ahead with a game to play, Hashim Amla’s 98 proving in vain.

Once AB de Villiers won the toss, Steyn snared Nasir Jamshed and Mohammad Hafeez early. But Shehzad and Sohaib Maqsood responded with a restorative 124-run stand.

With Maqsood gone for 42 and Misbah-ul-Haq following him back, Shehzad was run out before Steyn decimated the middle order, albeit Umar Akmal thrashed 42 and Bilawal Bhatti 21.

Junaid had Graeme Smith caught behind early in the reply, but Quinton de Kock joined Amla with 47 before falling to Shahid Afridi, who cheaply ousted Jacques Kallis.

Amla and de Villiers rallied by adding 110 until the latter flicked a catch to deep square-leg, giving Junaid his second wicket.

In the penultimate over Amla surprisingly skied a catch off Saeed Ajmal and Duminy then holed out off Junaid, who claimed 3-42.

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