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Cricket: Philander sets up South African win

Vernon Philander led a strong performance by South Africa's bowlers to set up a four-wicket consolation win for the hosts in the third and final one-day international against Pakistan at SuperSport Park on Saturday. Philander took three for 26 in a Pakistan total of 179 all out. South Africa made heavy weather of the chase but won with 68 balls to spare, steered home by an unbeaten 48 from captain AB de Villiers. Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq also played a captain's innings, making 79 not out. But no other Pakistan batsman scored more than 25.

Cricket: Pakistan beat South Africa for series win

Pakistan clinched their first series win against South Africa when they pulled off a thrilling one-run win in the second one-day international in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday. Hashim Amla (98) and AB de Villiers (74) took South Africa to the brink of victory but they could score only seven runs off the last nine balls, while losing two wickets, to finish on 261 for six Needing 263 to win in a game reduced to 45 overs a side by morning rain, South Africa had fallen well behind the required run rate when De Villiers joined Amla.

Cricket: South Africa pegged back after good start

South Africa failed to capitalise on a good start but made a competitive 153 for seven after being sent in to bat in the first Twenty20 international against Pakistan at the Wanderers Stadium on Wednesday. Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla gave South Africa a flying start, putting on 72 for the first wicket before Amla was bowled by Pakistan captain and off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez for 31 off 20 balls. De Kock made 43 off 33 deliveries before he was well caught at long-on by Sohail Tanvir off Hafeez.

Cricket: South Africa beat Pakistan to win series

South Africa beat Pakistan by 28 runs in the fourth day-night international in Abu Dhabi on Friday to take an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series. Chasing a challenging 267-run target, Pakistan were bowled out for 238 in 49.2 overs with Dale Steyn taking a career best 5-25. Misbah-ul Haq top-scored with 65 while debutant Sohaib Maqsood made 56. For South Africa, opener Quniton de Kock hit a maiden hundred with 112 while Hashim Amla(46) and AB de Villiers (30) were other contributors. The fifth and final match is in Sharjah on Monday.

Cricket: De Kock's maiden hundred props SA to 266-5

Dashing opener Quinton de Kock smashed his maiden one-day century to lift South Africa to a commanding 266-5 in the fourth day-night international against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Friday. The 20-year-old left-hander made the most of a dropped catch at slip by Mohammad Hafeez off Sohail Tanvir when on only two with a 135-ball 112 to bolster South African innings who won the toss and opted to bat on a flat Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch.

Cricket: Clinical South Africa down Pakistan to take series lead

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir took four wickets while Jean-Paul Duminy and Faf du Plessis scored half-centuries to help South Africa beat Pakistan by 68 runs in the third day-night international in Dubai on Wednesday. Tahir wrecked Pakistan's middle order with figures of 4-53 to bowl them out for 191 in 44.3 overs after they were set a challenging 260-run target at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. The emphatic win gives South Africa a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. Both teams will meet again at the same venue on Friday before the series is rounded off in Sharjah on Monday.

Cricket: Smith out as South Africa bat in third one-day

South African captain AB de Villiers won the toss and decided to bat in the third day-night international against Pakistan at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Wednesday. South Africa were forced to leave out opener Graeme Smith -- who suffered head injury in the second Test but still played the first two one-days -- in the three changes to the second one-day squad. They also included batsmen Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn -- who both missed the first two one-days after returning home. Also out are Colin Ingram and Wayne Parnell.

Cricket: Strengthened South Africa look for edge over Pakistan

South Africa will look for a lead over Pakistan with the return of batsman Hashim Amla and spearhead Dale Steyn as the teams meet in the third match in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Amla will boost a struggling South African batting which slumped to 183 and 143 in the first two matches while Steyn will strengthen the bowling attack in the remaining three matches. Amla had returned home after the 1-1 drawn Test series while Steyn missed the first two one-days to get some rest back home.

Cricket: Steyn to miss first two Pakistan one-dayers

Paceman Dale Steyn will miss the first two of the five-match one-day series against Pakistan to rest his body, South African team management said Sunday. The 30-year-old Steyn featured in the second Test, which South Africa won by an innings and 92 runs on Saturday, despite suffering from a hamstring injury three days before the match. He showed no signs of discomfort and took four wickets in the match but the team management decided to rest Steyn in the first two matches in Sharjah (October 30) and in Dubai (November 1).

Cricket: De Villiers on top, Pakistan regain fourth spot

South Africa's AB de Villiers overtook team-mate Hashim Amla as number one Test batsman after helping guide his team to a 1-1 series draw against Pakistan, the International Cricket Council announced Sunday. De Villiers, 29, hit an aggressive 164 in the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai. He and skipper Graeme Smith, who made 234, put on 338 -- a South African record for the fifth wicket -- and the Proteas won the match by an innings and 92 runs on Saturday.
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