Quinton de Kock produced a majestic innings to steer South Africa to a series victory over Pakistan in the fifth and final game of the one-day series played in Newlands, Cape Town. Chasing 241 runs to win, de Kock got the side off to a flier and scored 83 runs off just 58 balls with the he help of 11 fours and 3 sixes.
It was certainly not an easy decision as Faf du Plessis decided to bowl first at the venue that the not many teams chase down the score in a day-night fixture.
In pursuit of 241 runs, Quinton de Kock had slick of luck going his way as he was dismissed by Usman Shinwari after trying to smash a short-pitch delivery in the third over. The television replays clearly showed that Shinwari had stepped over the line to see Kock get another life at the crease.
Wicket-keeper batsman also decided to make this opportunity count and produced a flurry of fours and sixes to maintain the pressure on Pakistani bowlers. Hashim Amla was first to be go as he was dismissed by Shaheen Afridi to see South Africa lose their first wicket with 39 runs on the board.
Reeza Hendricks came to the crease and played delightful strokes off the bowling of Mohammad Amir to get going in his innings. He added 61-runs with de Kock to see South Africa bring up the 100 runs in the 14th over of the innings. Amir dismissed Hendricks through wide short-delivery, who could manage to guide to third-man to see Shaheen Afridi complete a clean catch.
Skipper Faf du Plessis started cautiously and played a supporting role to de Kock, who went about his business in a similar fashion. He put on a 46-run partnership with the wicket-keeper batsman to see South Africa inch closer towards series win.
De Kock was dismissed in the 20th over of the innings while trying to go for another big shot off the bowling of Usman Shinwari. With the dismissal of de Kock, South Africa needed 95 runs off 180 balls to win the game.
Rassie van der Dussen came to the crease and produced another splendid performance for South Africa. He produced unbeaten partnership with Faf du Plessis to see South Africa complete the chase in the 39th over of the innings. Van der Dussen scored unbeaten 50 off 61 balls with the help of three sixes while du Plessis chipped in with a half-century off 72 balls.
Earlier in the day, South Africa won the toss and opted to bowl first. Dale Steyn got rid of opener Imam-ul-Haq in the second over of the innings. Babar Azam came to the crease and added 56 runs with Fakhar Zaman to rebuild the innings. Pakistan lost the momentum as Azam was bowled after getting too far to off-stump to see South Africa pick up their second wicket of the innings.
Fakhar Zaman scored 70 runs off 73 balls with the help of ten boundaries. The left-hander was dismissed by a short-pitch stuff produced by medium-pacer Andile Phehlukwayo. With the dismissal of Zaman, Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals to slump to 174 for 6 after 39 overs. Left-handed batsman Imad Wasim put in a brave performance with the bat and smashed 47 runs off 31 balls to see Pakistan scored 240 runs from their 50 overs.
For South Africa, Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius picked up two wickets apiece. Dale Steyn, Willem Mulder and Kagiso Rabada also chipped in with crucial wickets for the side.