CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) on Sunday congratulated the Castle Lager Proteas on their 3-2 series victory over Pakistan in the Momentum One-Day Series and on recording their 300th ODI victory.
The Proteas clinched the series with a six-wicket victory over their guests at Sahara Willowmoore Park on Sunday.
“This was a highly encouraging victory today in what amounted to a knock-out final,” commented CSA Acting CEO Naasei Appiah. “The Proteas have been criticised so often in the past for not winning matches of this type and this augurs extremely well for the ICC Champions Trophy in June.
“There will only be eight teams competing so there will be no easy matches there and every contest will, in effect, be a knock-out encounter.
“Although this series win was a good team effort I would like to single out our captain, AB de Villiers, who has now done the double of being named Man of the Series in both the Sunfoil Test series as well as the Momentum One-Day Series against Pakistan. The greater his workload the better he seems to play and he has been absolutely outstanding as leading runs scorer, wicketkeeper and captain.
“He is growing into the job very quickly.
“It is incredible to think that we have now won 300 ODI matches starting with that historic series in India in 1991 with an overall winning percentage of almost 64 percent which is outstanding by any standard.
“I would also like to thank both teams for the manner in which they have conducted themselves during a long and highly competitive tour. Pakistan came to South Africa on the back of an ODI series win in India and it has been a huge achievement to beat them in this Momentum Series.”