South Africa have won their one-day international series against Pakistan courtesy of a six-wicket victory in Benoni on Sunday.
Captain AB De Villiers led the way with an unbeaten 95 off 111 deliveries as the Proteas successfully chased down their 206-run target with six overs remaining to claim the series 3-2 at Willowmoore Park.
After Pakistan were dismissed for 205 in 49.1 overs, South Africa made a nervy start when Quinton de Kock (three) was cleaned bowled by Junaid Khan (1-30) in the sixth over.
Colin Ingram followed de Kock back to the pavilion five overs later when he departed for 15 off the bowling of Mohammad Hafeez (1-23) to leave South Africa at 2-34.
The hosts regrouped and slowly began to find their feet through Hashim Amla (22) but the opening batsman was eventually sent packing, falling to Mohammad Irfan (2-38).
That sparked de Villiers into action and the Proteas never looked back as he took a stranglehold of proceedings.
The skipper combined with Farhaan Behardien (35) for an 87-run fourth-wicket partnership before David Millers hit a quick unbeaten 20 to help South Africa to top honours in the decisive match.
Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat but it looked to be a questionable decision when openers Hafeez (five) and Imran Farhat (13) departed.
With the tourists at 2-31, Kamran Akmal added some much-needed life to their innings.
Akmal hit six boundaries and one six in a storming 48-run performance before Robin Peterson claimed his wicket.
Younis Khan (29), Misbah ul-Haq (24) and Shoaib Malik (28) all made solid starts but failed to push on.
Ryan McLaren was the pick of the South African bowlers with best figures of 3-32, while Morne Morkel took 2-33.
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First Posted 25 March, 2013 8:29AM AEST