Opener Quinton de Kock beats 83 while the South African ODI series win wins against Pakistan
- Fakhar Zaman scored half a century when Pakistan scored 240-8 in their 50 overs
- De Kock bluffed 83 from 58 balls, as the home team won with seven wickets
- Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen both scored half a century
Quinton de Kock scored a quick half-century when South Africa defeated Pakistan by seven wickets in Newlands to claim the one-day series of five games Wednesday, 3-2.
Opener De Kock took 83 from 58 balls while South Africa chased their 241 victory goal with 10 overs left for a compelling win that will boost their confidence four months before the World Cup in England.
The home team won the toss and chose to bowl, limiting Pakistan to 240 for eight in their 50 overs, with Fakhar Zaman being the only batsman to register a half century when he hit 70 of 73 balls.
Quinton de Kock scored a quick half-century when South Africa defeated Pakistan on Wednesday
Imad Wasim (47 out of 31 balls) took a vicious attack late in the Pakistani innings to get the side of what seemed like a competitive total, but one that was easily chosen by the hosts.
A rampant De Kock led from the front, with three sixes and 11 boundaries during his amusing knock.
The run spree continued with valuable contributions of 50 not from both captain Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen, who made a strong claim for a World Cup place with 241 runs in the series at an average of 120.50 after his debut in the opening game.
Imad Wasim was caught in a brutal attack late when Pakistan placed 240 for eight in their 50 overs
Both sides have used the games to give their players the opportunity to qualify for the global flagship tournament, but are now turning their attention to a Twenty20 three-game series starting Friday in Cape Town.
South Africa opens its World Cup campaign on May 30 against host England in The Oval, while Pakistan takes action against the Antilles in Nottingham a day later.