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    Fakhar Zaman leads Pakistan to series win in South Africa

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    Fakhar Zaman hit his second successive century and captain Babar Azam made 94 to set up a 28-run win for Pakistan in the series-deciding third and final one-day international against South Africa in Centurion on Wednesday.

    Fakhar Zaman leads Pakistan to series win

    South Africa’s chances of chasing down Pakistan’s total of 320 for seven were effectively snuffed out by left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz, who took three wickets in successive overs to reduce the hosts to 140 for five in the 28th over.

    Promising batsman Kyle Verreynne (62) and all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo (54) put on 108 off 100 balls for the sixth wicket but both were dismissed in the space of seven balls. South Africa were bowled out for 292.

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    Speaking after the match, Fakhar said: “My plan was very simple. I was looking to survive in the first 8-10 overs, trying to play normally. To be honest, in these grounds, specially in the morning, it’s not that easy to bat with two new balls. So our plan was simple, that we will just survive the first 10 overs. (Scoring two 100s) means a lot. I was suffering from two years, I didn’t score. So it really means a lot to me. Thanks to our skipper for believing in me and giving me these opportunities. I’m more happy with winning the series”

    Proteas Team Director Mark Boucher said: “Obviously disappointment. You never like to lose a series in home conditions, but well played to Pakistan. I thought throughout the series they were the better team. I think the papers (on field) was just trying to judge where we were and set ourselves small targets. Spin seemed to be the best option throughout the innings, we maybe bowled one too many at the back end but well done to them for exploiting that. We’ve played well at certain stages of the game. When we’ve been bad, we’ve unfortunately been very bad and I think that’s where Pakistan have capitalised. The batting, there were some iffy dismissals. But a couple of guys came in and put in good performances, so a lot of positives to take, but right now, a lot of disappointment because we lost the series. There’s no excuses, we knew exactly what’s going on quite some time ago, so no excuses whatsoever.”

    South Africa vs Pakistan – Brief scores

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    Pakistan 320-7 in 50 overs (Imam-ul Haq 57, Fakhar Zaman 101, Babar Azam 94; K. Maharaj 3-45)

    South Africa 292 in 49.3 overs (J. Malan 70, K. Verreynne 62, A Phehlukwayo 54; Shaheen Shah Afridi 3-58, Mohammad Nawaz 3-34)

    Result: Pakistan won by 28 runs

    Series: Pakistan won the three-match series 2-1

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    Toss: South Africa

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