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South Africa win by 34 runs

S Africa vs Pakistan

South Africa v Pakistan: Proteas win ODI run-fest in Johannesburg

Hashim Amla: Helped put on 238 for the third wicket

Shahid Afridi: Smashed 88 off just 48 balls

Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers scored centuries as South Africa beat Pakistan by 34 runs in a highly-entertaining third ODI in Johannesburg.

The pair shared a record third-wicket stand of 238 and rattled along at 7.84 an over, as the hosts piled up 343-5 after being asked to bat first by the tourists.

Such a total seemed unlikely when South Africa managed a paltry 26 runs off the first 10 overs but, after coming together at 42-2, Amla and de Villiers pressed the accelerator and took the home side up to 280 before the former was caught at extra cover off Wahab Riaz for 122.

De Villiers followed soon after for 128 while Faf du Plessis added further late impetus with a quickfire 45 from 28 balls, including 20 from one Wahab over.

It left Pakistan needing to equal their highest total batting second in any ODI and it looked a lost cause when they slumped to 132-5 halfway through the 25th of their 50 overs.

However, they were given brief hope by an extraordinary burst of hitting from Shahid Afridi.

The number seven smashed seven sixes and fives fours in a whirlwind 48-ball 88 which helped Pakistan to 244-6.

But when he was caught at long-off by Ryan McLaren off Lonwabo Tsotsobe, South Africa regained their grip on the game.

Wahab tried his best to keep the chase going but he was eventually last man out for 45, clean bowled by Rory Kleinveldt with the first ball of the 49th over.

The result leaves Pakistan needing to win the remaining two matches to take the five-match series.

Match Details

17th Mar 2013
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl.
New Wanderers Stadium
B F Bowden and S George


Batsman R
Jamshed c Amla b Tsotsobe 10
Hafeez c Steyn b Peterson 57
Akmal c de Villiers b McLaren 30
Khan b Peterson 19
M.K. Niazi c de Villiers b McLaren 28
Malik c Kleinveldt b Tsotsobe 4
Afridi c McLaren b Tsotsobe 88
Riaz b Kleinveldt 45
Ajmal c Kleinveldt b McLaren 8
J.M. Khan c&b Steyn 9
Iqbal not out 0
Extras 1nb, 7w, 3lb 11
Total All Out, 48.1 Overs 309
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Steyn 10 1 48 1
Tsotsobe 10 0 74 3
Kleinveldt 9.1 1 77 1
Peterson 10 0 51 2
McLaren 9 0 56 3
Full Bowling Card