South Africa tied its one-day cricket series against England with a seven-wicket victory in the fifth and final game. Pakistan beat Australia in their opening Twenty20 match.
Hashim Amla and captain AB de Villiers hit unbeaten half-centuries in a 174-run partnership as South Africa reached the target of 183 in 34.3 overs last night at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Amla finished 97 not out and de Villiers hit 75 after the touring team had slipped to 14-3.
“We showed a lot of character under pressure, that’s the thing I’d like to see going forward,” de Villiers said in the post-game ceremony. “We were disappointing in the middle of the series but 2-2 away from home is a good effort.”
The draw ended England’s run of seven straight home series victories since a 2009 loss to Australia.
Robin Peterson earlier took 3-37 as South Africa bowled England out for 182. Captain Alastair Cook top-scored for the home team with 51.
“We pretty much all gave our wickets away,” Cook said. “We came into the game trying to wrap up the series, and you’re not going to do that when you bat like that.”
After the opener was abandoned by rain, South Africa won the second game to replace England as the No. 1 team in the International Cricket Council’s one-day rankings. England then won the next two to regain the top spot until at least January.
South Africa won the Test series between the teams 2-0 to take over the No. 1 ranking from England in the game’s elite five-day format.
The teams begin a best-of-three Twenty20 series in two days in Durham. It continues in Manchester on Sept. 10 before concluding two days later in Birmingham.
In Dubai, Pakistan opened its three-match contest against Australia with a seven-wicket rout, securing the win with 31 balls to spare after bowling out Australia for 89, its second-lowest total in Twenty20 international matches.
The teams meet again tomorrow at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium before the final match on Sept. 10.