South Africa salvaged some pride in the third and final One-Day International against Pakistan in Centurion. Their bowlers proved too good for the tourists' fragile batting line-up as only Misbah-ul-Haq displayed the necessary skill.
South Africa rested three key players but still romped to victory in the final One-Day International in the UAE. The win gives them the series 4-1 and came courtesy of yet another torrid Pakistan batting performance.
South Africa captain AB de Villiers says he hopes his team can produce another performance like the one they produced against Pakistan and reach the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. Needing to win to give themselves a realistic chance of staying in the competition, they defended 234 for nine by bowling out Pakistan for 167 to claim a 67-run victory.
South Africa captain AB de Villiers says that despite his side's six-wicket defeat to Pakistan in their final warm-up match, his side are happy with their preparations for the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.
They begin their campaign on Thursday when they play reigning World Cup champions India in the tournament's opening match in Cardiff.
South Africa captain has picked out Chris Gayle and Mahendra Singh as players to watch in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 but says his own team has enough game-changers to see them perform well.
South Africa are chasing their first global tournament success since they won the event in 1998 and take on India, Pakistan and the West Indies in their opening group.
If the Test series between the two sides was a complete mismatch at times, AB de Villiers is expecting a much more even contest when South Africa take on Pakistan in two Twenty20 Internationals later this week.
The 2009 ICC World Twenty20 champions beat South Africa in last year's renewal in Sri Lanka and wicket-keeper de Villiers says they are a 'dangerous' side.
There are two main contenders for this week's Cricket World Player of the Week. Saeed Ajmal and AB de Villiers have each turned in exemplary performances for their teams this week to help Pakistan and South Africa record victories over England and Sri Lanka respectively.