Dale Steyn’s best limited-overs figures and Quinton de Kock’s first international century aided South Africa’s series-clinching defeat of Pakistan at Abu Dhabi.
Steyn returned 5-25 from 10 overs in a 28-run win after 20-year-old de Kock, dropped at slip on nine in his ninth one-day international, made 112 from the top of the order as the Proteas posted 266 for five.
South Africa’s second straight victory gave them an unassailable 3-1 lead with a game to go in the four-match one-day series.
Today’s outcome was in the balance with four overs to go, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq being set at 228 for five. But in the next six balls Steyn had Umar Akmal held at third man, Misbah caught on the leg-side boundary for 65 and bowled Saeed Ajmal.
Shahid Afridi, Pakistan’s last hope, was run out as a solid platform laid by the top three - Ahmed Shezad scored 43, Mohammad Hafeez 33 and ODI debutant Sohaib Maqsood 56 at better than a run a ball - went to waste.
South Africa also enjoyed a sturdy start, after being inserted, with Hashim Amla contributing a smooth 46, but it was de Kock who anchored the innings in the absence of the injured Graeme Smith. That allowed JP Duminy and Ryan McLaren to hit swift, unbeaten twenties.