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Prince, Kallis pilot SA to series win

CAPE TOWN: Ashwell Prince and Jacques Kallis put on a fifth wicket stand of 117 as South Africa won the third Test by five wickets to clinch the series 2-1 against Pakistan here on Sunday.

A.B. de Villiers (four not out) hit the winning runs as the host reached 161 for five at the Newlands Stadium before tea on the third day. Prince was unbeaten on 59 while Kallis (51) was bowled by Shahid Nazir with South Africa just five runs short of the target.

``We knew we had to get at least one good partnership going,'' South African captain Graeme Smith said. ``Ashwell and Jacques were great.''

Asif strikes

South Africa resumed at 36 for two and lost two more wickets to Mohammad Asif to reach 76 for four at lunch. The Pakistan fast bowler first trapped Smith in front for 33 and then had Hashim Amla (3) caught behind by Kamran Akmal just three runs later.

Both Prince and Kallis batted slowly — Kallis faced 149 balls and Prince 141 — due to the tight line and length by the Pakistan bowlers Asif and Danish Kaneria.

``Pakistan bowled really well in the morning,'' Kallis said. ``We just had to absorb it, because we knew they couldn't keep it up and we got more bad balls after lunch.''

Asif took two for 43 from 21 overs and Kaneria had two for 52 off 28.

Best bowler

Asif was the best bowler of the series with 19 wickets at an average of 18.47 while Kallis was the most successful batsman with 272 runs at 54.4. The South African all-rounder walked away with both the man of the match and man of the series awards.

``Asif has been a really important part of our team,'' Pakistan vice-captain Younis Khan said. ``He bowls a great line and length and reminds us of Glenn McGrath.''

South Africa dismissed Pakistan for 157 in its first innings and then made 183 in reply. The host then bowled out Pakistan for 186 and was set 161 to win. — AP

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