Proteas, Pakistan scrap it out in Durban

South Africa attempt to claim the series in front of a packed Kingsmead crowd.

South Africa attempt to claim the series in front of a packed Kingsmead crowd.

CAPE TOWN - South Africa have stumbled to 234/9 in the fourth one day international against Pakistan.

Captain AB de Villiers kept the innings together with a patient 75 0f 108 balls to guide his side to something resembling a defendable total.

Earlier, opener Hashim Amla and an in-form Colin Ingram fell in the first over to leave South Africa reeling at 5/2.

Following the departure of Greame Smith for 12 and Farhaan Behardien for one, de Villiers finally found a partner in Dave Miller who helped the South African captain compile a 115 run partnership for the fifth wicket.

Miller eventually fell victim to Saeed Ajmal and the Proteas were left to rebuild again. Ajmal bowled brilliantly throughout the innings and finished with impressive figures of 3/42.

Ajmal also accounted for the prize wicket of de Villiers at a crucial stage in the innings.

The Pakistani off spinner was ably supported by Junaid Khan (2/45) and Mohammed Iran (3/46) who restricted the Protea run scoring with clever changes of pace and consistent lines and lengths.

Pakistan will have the advantage on the relatively dry Kingsmead pitch in the second innings, and South Africa will have to bowl well if they want to clinch the series win.