South Africa triumph in closely-fought series | Daily Cricket News
“Hello and welcome to ESPNCricinfo Dailies, I am Nikhil Naz. Our top stories from the world of cricket today are South Africa win the 5th ODI to seal the ODI series against Pakistan, West Indies women arrive in Karachi for T20I series against Pakistan, New Zealand name the T20I squad that will face and Lyon defends Mitchell Starc amid criticism.” South Africa beat Pakistan by 7 wickets in the 5th ODI to seal the 5-match series 3-2. Pakistan batsman Fakhar Zaman scored 70 runs off 73 balls in order to aid his side’s chase for the series win. South Africa chased the target set by Pakistan in 40 overs with the help of a quick fire 83 by wicketkeeper batsman Quinton de Kock and half-centuries by captain du Plessis and van der Dussen. Following the ODI series, the two nations will go head to head in a 3-match T20I series that begins on 1st February. A 13 member West Indies women’s squad led by Merissa Aguilleira with a support staff comprising of 8 members landed in Karachi on 30th January for the first visit to Pakistan by a non-Asian women’s team in 15 years. The squad was received by officials of the PCB women’s wing and was accorded special VVIP security protocol, with over 500 policemen escorting the team from the airport to the hotel. West Indies women are scheduled to play 3 T20Is in Karachi and the series is being seen as an important step towards the resumption of international cricket in the country. Northern Districts allrounder Daryl Mitchell and Central Districts fast bowler Blair Tickner have received maiden call- ups to New Zealand’s squad for the 3 T20Is against India. While Mitchell is in for the full series, Tickner will come in for the 3rd T20, in place of fellow quick Lockie Ferguson, whose workload is being managed. Pace spearhead Trent Boult misses out from the squad due to workload management whereas the likes of James Neesham and Henry Nicholls weren’t selected for this T20I series against India. The 3 T20Is will be played from February 6 to 10 as double-headers alongside the countries’ women’s teams, on the same pitch each time. Nathan Lyon has rubbished criticism surrounding the form of Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc, labelling it as unfair. Speaking ahead of the second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka, Lyon offered his own appraisal of Starc and terming him as the “x-factor” for the team. Lyon further went on to state that the entire dressing room was in support of the pace bowler and rejected the criticism on Starc.