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De Villiers masterclass seals series

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AB de Villiers profited on some lacklustre Pakistan fielding to strike an assured unbeaten 95 that earned South Africa a 3-2 victory in the one-day international series.

De Villiers was dropped at first slip by Younus Khan on one and enjoyed another reprieve as a flat-footed Kamran Akmal opted not to dive when another edge flew for four.

Yet those misdemeanours were exceptions in what was otherwise a typically elegant knock that ensured the Proteas won the decider at Benoni by six wickets.

De Villiers' performance meant he ended the five-match series with an exceptional run tally of 367 at an average of 91.75 - an effort that took his career record to 5,951 at 50.38.

AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers' 95 not out helped South Africa to a six-wicket win that secured a 3-2 triumph in their ODI series at home to Pakistan

His was the main hand as South Africa reached a victory target of 206, though Farhaan Behardien also deserves credit for an important 35.

Earlier, Pakistan - having won the toss - managed just 205 all out on a pitch that offered assistance for pace and spin, Kamran top-scoring with 48.

The tourists were undermined by losing wickets at regular intervals, Ryan McLaren leading the way by ousting Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi en route to 3-32.

Only Kamran was able to play an innings of significance, with Younus, Misbah and Malik failing to make full use of good starts.

It appeared South Africa's innings would follow a similar trend as Quinton de Kock was bowled via an inside edge by Junaid Khan.

Colin Ingram fell likewise to Mohammad Hafeez and, after battling to an uncharacteristically scratchy 22, Hashim Amla skied an attempted pull off Mohammad Irfan for Malik to take.

Yet de Villiers found the perfect response by moving his feet impressively against spin and showing class on both front and back foot.

After initially looking streaky, he peppered the boundary as the innings wore on and ended with a lone six to complement nine fours in an 111-ball stay.