South Africa beat Pakistan by 68 runs in the 3rd ODI of their series in Abu Dhabi to take a 2-1 lead.
South Africa batted first in the day-night match, reaching 259-8 in their 50 overs. Quinton de Kock scored 40, with Francois du Plessis and Jean-Paul Duminy both contributing half-centuries to the cause.
Du Plessis scored an impressive 55 from 76 balls.
Mohammad Irfan led the Pakistan bowling, taking 3-46 from his 10 overs. A pair of wickets each went to Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi.
Full South Africa scorecard:
|Amia||b Mohammad Irfan||10|
|De Kock||st Umar Akmal||b Shahid Afridi||40|
|F du Plessis||st Umar Akmal||b Shahid Afridi||55|
|JP Duminy||c Misbah-ul-Haq||b Sohail Tanvir||64|
|AB de Villiers||c Mohammad Hafeez||b Saeed Ajmal||34|
|DA Miller||b Saeed Ajmal||34|
|R McLaren||lbw||b Mohammad Irfan||13|
|DW Steyn||c Ahmed Shehzad||b Mohammad Irfan||2|
|M Morkel||not out||0|
|LL Tsotsobe||not out||0|
Pakistan's reply reached 50-0 and looked in great shape before openers Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez fell quickly to destabilise the innings.
Soon enough, Pakistan were reeling at 89-4 and in desperate trouble. Sohail Tanvir and Wahab Riaz both chipped in with 30s towards the tail, but it wasn't enough to stem the slide.
Pakistan were dismissed for 191 and fell 68 runs short.
Imran Tahir was the star of South Africa's bowling attack. He took 4-53 from his 10 overs, with Morne Morkel and Ryan McLaren both picking up a couple of wickets to aid the cause.
Full Pakistan scorecard:
|Mohammad Hafeez||c Du Plessis||b Morkel||15|
|Ahmed Shehzad||c Amia||b Steyn||32|
|Umar Amin||c De Kock||b Tsotsobe||13|
|Misbah-ul-Haq||lbw||b Imran Tahir||19|
|Asad Shafiq||c Du Plessis||b Imran Tahir||11|
|Umar Akmal||c & b Imran Tahir||7|
|Shahid Afridi||lbw||b McLaren||6|
|Sohail Tanvir||c Amla||b McLaren||31|
|Wahab Riaz||c De Kock||b Morkel||33|
|Saeed Ajmal||lbw||b Imran Tahir||1|
|Mohammad Irfan||not out||4|
|TOTAL||191 ALL OUT|
The next match in the series will take place on Friday in Abu Dhabi.
All stats from ESPNcricinfo.
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