Number two in the cricket world rankings, South Africa, had an exceptional start to the year as they began it with a whitewash victory against Pakistan in the third five-day One Day International (ODI) Series that took place in Cape Town on Monday.
The Proteas ended the series with a 107 victory against world number seven, Pakistan. The fourth day of the third and final test series began with Pakistan playing with 153 for 3. However, things took a turn for the worst as they ended up being bowled out for 273 later in the day, ending the series at 3-0.
One of the many individuals behind this great performance by the Protea’s was man-of-the-series, Duanne Olivier. He displayed some amazing skills as he managed to get 24 wickets throughout the series. He got two wickets from successive balls in the third over on the fourth day of the last test, which ended the hopes for the determined Team Pakistan.
South African coach, Mickey Arthur, said that the team needed to work on their fast short-pitched bowling problem, which was one of their setbacks throughout the series. Especially as they work towards the the five-match ODI against Pakistan on Saturday.
However, this was great confidence booster for the team ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup that will take place in England and Wales from 30 May until 14 July.