Pakistan beat a weakened South Africa by 28 points in the third and final ODI at Centurion on Wednesday, winning the series 2-1

Set a target of 321 points by Pakistan and South Africa, which lacked many of their regulars at the IPL, fell back to 292

After winning the draw, the hosts invited Pakistan to beat first Tourists got off to a good start in their first matches, with Fakhar Zaman continuing where he left in the last match, marking another century – this time a hit of 101 points

At one point, Pakistan were 206-1, with Fakhar and Babar Azam in the crease, and were aiming for a score of around 350

But a batting collapse saw them lose the next five wickets for just 51 races and at one point even 300 looked tough

Hassan Ali (32 out of 11) and Babar’s blitzkrieg in the last overs erased this drop as the Pakistanis finished 320-7

In the chase, South Africa was still behind, still catching up.They got a trio of half centuries of Janneman Malan (70), Kyle Verreynne (62) and Andile Phehlukwayo (54 ) but never had the sleeves under control

Mohammad Nawaz was the bowlers’ choice as this trio featured all the specialty batsmen, although Shaheen Afridi also got three and Haris Rauf (2) did quite well too and was inexpensive for a change

The home team have decided to play without their six key players; five including Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi, who left the national team to play in the Indian Premier League while Rassie van der Dussen was sent off due to injury

Four major changes have been made to the Pakistani squad, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Usman Qadir and Hasan Ali replacing Dane Aziz, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan and Mohammad Hasnain

South Africa: Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Jon-Jon Smuts, Temba Bavuma (capt), Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen (sem), Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Beuran Hendricks, Daryn Dupavillon, Beuran Hendricks, Lutho Sipamla

Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammed Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Uman Qadir, Haris Rauf

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World News – AU – Pak vs SA: 3rd ODI at Centurion, match report, April 7