AFRICA WON TWO OUT OF THREE AT ABU DHABI

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Pakistan have won 11 and lost 10 in 21one day internationals at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi where the fourth match of the five-match series will be played on Friday

South Africa, on the other hand, have won two and lost one in three one day internationals at this ground. They have played all matches against Pakistan.

Africa recorded an eight wicket victory over Pakistan in the first ever match at this ground on October 29,2010. After bowling out, Pakistan for 203 in 49 overs, South Africa made 207 for two in 39.3 overs.

Pakistan beat South Africa by one-wicket when two teams met second time on October 31,2010. South Africa made 286 for eight in 50 overs after winning the toss. Pakistan reached the target off the second last ball of the match thanks to Abdur Razzaq’s unbeaten 109 off 72 balls with seven fours and 10 sixes. He finished with a strike rate of 151.38, which was the second-highest among 100-plus scores in one day internationals against South Africa, next only to Australian Ricky Ponting’s 164 off 105 balls in Johannesburg in 2006 (strike rate 156.19).

In the third match of the current series played on Wednesday (November 6), South Africa defeated Pakistan by 68 runs. South Africa made 259 for eight in 50 overs after winning the toss. They bowled out Pakistan for 191 in 44.3 overs to go 2-1 ahead in the five-match series. It might have been an even more comprehensive win had Pakistan’s tail not wagged with 61-run eighth-wicket partnership between Sohail Tanvir (31) and number nine Wahab Riaz who top-scored with 33. Pakistan-born Tahir continued his rehabilitation in the South Africa team after almost a year on the sidelines with a four-wicket haul.