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Quinton de Kock brought up his 18th ODI fifty

Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen have wrapped up the requirements, with both of them bringing up their respective fifties in the 40th over. In an all-round show of dominance, South Africa have won the decider by 7 wickets to win 3-2.

Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen have revived South Africa's chase and placed them comfortably with a half-century stand.

Quinton de Kock, who was cruising towards a century, is out in an attempt to clear the boundary. The southpaw fails to middle the ball and Hasan Ali takes a superb catch running backwards. Third wicket down but Pakistan need a few more to shift the momentum in their favour.

Quinton de Kock, who had gone on fifth gear early in his innings, has tempered his game slightly and brought up his 18th ODI fifty, coming faster than run-a-ball.

A partnership that was threatening to take the game away from Pakistan has come to an end. Reeza Hendricks is out slashing at a delivery and getting an edge to third man. Second wicket down for South Africa. 100 for 2.

Hashim Amla's dismissal has had no effect on South Africa. Reeza Hendricks and Quinton de Kock have been sailing smoothly in the chase, and brought up their half-century stand for the second wicket.

Shaheen Afridi gets the first breakthrough! Hashim Amla is enticed to play away from the body and gets an edge to the 'keeper. Crucial wicket for Pakistan!

Quinton de Kock gets a reprieve. Usman Khan has de Kock caught at extra cover but he has overstepped! How costly is this going to be for Pakistan. de Kock was on 12 when this happened. He gets a free hit as well.

Imad Wasim's 31-ball 47* has helped Pakistan reach 240 for 8. It may be a below par total but Newlands hasn't historically been a happy hunting ground for chasing sides.

While most Pakistani batsmen have struggled to get the scoreboard moving, Imad Wasim is playing a fine role lower down the order to push the team's total cloe to the par score at the venue.

Shadab Khan's struggled stay at the crease comes to an end. Looking to pull a short delivery, Shadab hits it straight to the fielder at mid wicket. Dwaine Pretorius gets his second wicket. 200 for 7.

Imran Tahir has cashed in on the regular wickets the pacers have picked and finished with an economical 10-over spell, in which he has conceded only 36 runs.

Shoaib Malik and Shadab Khan's attempt to revive the innings with a steady approach backfired, as the duo not only struggled to get the scoreboard moving but also were separated when they could've accelerated. In a confusion, Shoaib Malik is run out.

Pakistan are struggling big time to get a partnership going. Mohammad Rizwan, who failed in his constant big bid to go for the big shots, attempts another and edges it to the 'keeper. Fifth wicket down.

Fakhar falls!! He has played well but this time, he fails to control the short ball. Phehlukwayo strikes again as Zaman's mistimed pull is taken by Tahir at the boundary. That was too close. He has somehow managed to grab it without touching the boundary rope. Well done Tahir. Pakistan need a partnership now.

Andile Phehlukwayo strikes with the first over of his spell. Mohammad Hafeez gives him the charge, he bangs it in short and gets the top edge to the 'keeper. Pakistan lose a wicket, yet again when a partnership was settling in.

Fakhar Zaman has curbed his natural strokeplay today, and also has had a bit of luck going his way, but played a very matured knock to bring up his ninth ODI fifty.

STRIKE 2: Babar Azam, who was looking so good and in command, misses the line completely and has his leg stump knocked over by Dwaine Pretorius.

Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman have stitched a fluent fifty-run stand, taking away the initiative South Africa had with the early wicket.

DROPPED! Kagiso Rabada is bowling with some steam. He managed to induce an edge off Imam ul Haq's bat only for Hashim Amla to drop a straight one at slips.

Babar Azam is in superb form. He has played a couple of excellent drives to pick boundaries and lift Pakistan's scoring rate over run-a-ball after a slow start.

South Africa have fielded five pacers and only one spinner in today's game. Imran Tahir hasn't been able to do much with the new ball. Do you think it was a good idea to open the bowling with him?

Imam ul Haq, who has been in superb form in this series, falls early. Undone by Daale Steyn's bounce, he top edges a pull to the third man fielder. Early strike for South Africa.

Imam ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman have walked out to open the innings for South Africa. Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir take the two new balls.

Toss

South Africa elect to field. Wiaan Mulder, who was drafted into the squad ahead of this game, makes the XI. As does Dwaine Pretorius. David Miller and Beuran Hendricks miss out. Pakistan are unchanged.

Teams:

South Africa (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(w), Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Willem Mulder, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir

Pakistan (Playing XI): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Khan

Build up

Hello. I hope you are seated some place nice with a half decent view. Because you'll likely need a lot of endurance and self restraint with all these gorgeous shots of the Table Mountain that the television producers are throwing up.

South Africa and Pakistan will be looking beyond geography and into what lies ahead in a matter of months for them. This fifth ODI at Newlands is an ideal metric to evaluate their World Cup readiness!

It's a big game for both the teams. Let's start with South Africa. It's exactly a year to the day Faf du Plessis proclaimed his 'Mission 2019' - a holistic one-year plan of preparation that also involved getting players media ready so that even a casual utterance of the C-word is not morale sapping. To their credit, South Africa have had little problems dealing with deciders in bilateral ODIs having won each of their last five such game dating back to September 2015. It's the world events that somehow gets the better of them. Not anymore, they believe.

Pakistan being Pakistan care little about reputation or statistics. They forced this decider ending South Africa's unbeaten streak in Pink ODIs and did so without their regular captain. They now stare in the face of a series victory, knowing fully well that victory here will send more than a little message to the favourites - England and India!

The World Cup trophy is at Newlands on its pre-tournament tour. But it's not what they will be playing for. There's a smaller trophy and some massive credentials up for gain!

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