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South Africa wins
ODI series 3-2
AUCKLAND, New Zealand---Out-
standing bowling performanc-
es by Imran Tahir, Kagiso Ra-
bada and Andile Phehlukwayo
led South Africa to a six-wicket
win over New Zealand in the fifth
one-day cricket international
yesterday 3-2 win in the five-
Rabada took 3-25, Phehlukwayo
2-35 and Tahir 2-14 from ten overs---
the fifth-most economical bowling
performance for South Africa in
ODIs---as the Proteas dismissed New
Zealand for 149 in 41.1 overs as they
bowled first after winning the toss.
The total was New Zealand's lowest
in the first innings of a One-Day in-
ternational against South Africa and
appeared to make an anti-climax of
the deciding match of a cliff-hanging
series in which South Africa had won
the first and third matches and New
Zealand the second and fourth.
But the total proved more diffi-
cult than it appeared on a drop-in
pitch at Eden Park which rewarded
short-pitched bowling with sharp
and unpredictable bounce.
Faf du Plessis made 51 not out---
reaching his 26th ODI half-centu-
ry with a boundary from the final
ball---and David Miller made 45 not
out as South Africa kept control of
a challenging run chase to reach
their winning target with 17.4 overs
The win ended New Zealand's run
of eight victories in One-Day series
At 48-3 and with Quinton de Kock,
Hashim Amla and JP Duminy back
in the pavilion the match and series
were still in the balance. But limit-
ed overs captain de Villiers (22) ad-
vanced South Africa's interests in a
40-run partnership with du Plessis
for the fourth wicket and test captain
du Plessis played a vital anchor role
to see his team home.
He reached his half century from
90 balls and shared an unbroken 62-
run partnership with Miller for the
The match was really won when de
Villiers called correctly at the toss for
the fifth time in the series and sent
New Zealand in and when his bowlers
responded with superb performanc-
es which were both restrictive and
"We've won quite a few tosses
in this series which made it a little
bit easier," de Villiers said. "But it
doesn't very often happen that a
series goes to to 2-2 so it was a ter-
rific one-day series and quite tight.
"We got the upper hand early on
on today. Conditions early on were
tough to assess and we bowled quite
well in that period and asked the right
Rabada and Phehlukwayo com-
bined to wreck New Zealand's top
order, sharing five wickets as the
home team slumped to 87-6, then
Tahir allowed de Villiers to apply the
squeeze in the middle overs and also
took two late wickets.
"The ball was getting up, the New
Zealanders also got the ball to get up
and it was a tough ball to play," Ra-
bada said. "We utilised it well." (AP)
guard as Pakistan
prepares for final
LAHORE, Pakistan---Lahore pre-
pared to host the Pakistan Su-
per League cricket final today as
Gaddafi Stadium turned into a
fortress amid security fears.
The Punjab provincial government
gave the go-ahead to the domestic
Twenty20 match between Peshawar
Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators.
Doubts were raised over the eastern
city of Lahore hosting the final when
a wave of new attacks hit Pakistan last
At least 13 people were killed in La-
hore when a suicide bomber targeted
police escorting a rally by pharma-
But the Pakistan Cricket Board
hopes the final will be an opportunity
to show it is safe to resume interna-
tional cricket in the country.
Cricket-mad fans have welcomed
the final being staged in Pakistan after
all its league matches were organized
in the United Arab Emirates, where
Pakistan's national team also plays
its 'home' matches.
"It's a super decision of PCB, I ha-
ven't got the ticket for the final but
even then I will cheer ... and watch
the match on television at home," said
18-year-old student Afaq Elahi.
The provincial government prom-
ised to provide more than 8,000 se-
curity personnel in and around the
sports complex where Gaddafi Sta-
dium is located and the teams' route
to the stadium.
Armed police and soldiers guarded
the stadium on Saturday, which was
off limits to even the media.
Pakistan has been a no-go zone for
all major test-playing nations for the
last eight years since gunmen killed
seven policemen in an attack on the
Sri Lanka team bus at Lahore in 2009.
Several players were also injured.
Spectators will have to walk through
at least three checkpoints before en-
tering the stadium on Sunday.
A temporary hospital of 25 beds was
also established at a nearby hockey
stadium in case of emergency.
The two finalist franchises have
convinced foreign players, includ-
ing West Indian Darren Sammy and
Marlon Samuels, to travel to Pakistan.
Both West Indians are expected to
fly in from Dubai late Saturday night
along with England's Chris Jordan and
Dawid Malan as Peshawar's four over-
Last year's finalist, Quetta brought
in five new foreign players---Morne
van Wyk of South Africa, Anamul
Haque of Bangladesh, Elton Chigum-
bura and Sean Ervine of Zimbabwe,
and Rayad Emrit of West Indies --- af-
ter four key players declined to travel
to Pakistan due to security fears.
Coach Moin Khan told The Asso-
ciated Press that his team was still
"hopeful" of winning the title despite
the withdrawal of England's Kevin
Pietersen, Luke Wright and Tymal
Mills along with South African Rilee
Rossouw after Quetta qualified for the
final by beating Peshawar Zalmi in the
first playoff. Their overseas players
are expected to arrive in Lahore later
At least three former Test cricket-
ers---including Imran Khan and Javed
Miandad---have criticised PCB's deci-
sion to bring the PSL final to Lahore.
Imran called it "madness" and
warned that any incident could delay
the return to Pakistan of international
cricket for another ten years.
Away from security concerns,
Peshawar has lost its star attraction
Shahid Afridi for the final.
The flamboyant all-rounder injured
his right hand while fielding during
the knockout match against Karachi
Kings in Dubai. (AP)
Pakistani paramilitary soldiers stand guard near the an entry gate of Gaddafi stadium to ensure security for the
final cricket match of Pakistan Super League, in Lahore, Pakistan, yesterday. Gaddafi Stadium turned into a heavily
guarded fortress yesterday as Lahore prepared for the Pakistan Super League cricket final. Despite security fears,
the Punjab provincial government gave the go-ahead to today's domestic Twenty20 final between Peshawar Zalmi
and Quetta Gladiators. AP PHOTO
South African bowler Imran Tahir celebrates after taking the wicket of New
Zealand's Kane Williamson during their one day cricket international match
at Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand, on Wednesday. AP PHOTO
South Africa: 150-4 (Faf du Plessis
51 not out, David Miller 45 not out;
Jeetan Patel 2-26)
def. New Zealand: 149 (Colin de
Grandhomme 32; Kagiso Raba-
da 3-25, Imran Tahir 2-14, Andile
Phehlukwayo 2-35), by six wickets.
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