South Africa captain AB de Villiers hit a series top score of 115 not out to lead his side to a crushing 117-run win over Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates on Monday and a 4-1 series victory.
De Villiers's unbeaten knock at the Sharjah Cricket stadium helped South Africa to 268 for seven from their 50 overs, a target well beyond the reach of Pakistan who slumped to 151 all out in 35.3 overs.
For South Africa, who are the top-ranked test-playing nation but traditionally struggle in the limited-overs game, it was a welcome boost before a December series against World Cup winners India.
De Villiers, who passed 6,000 one-day international runs, led a vicious assault on the bowling in the final 10 overs as South Africa went from 154 for five to 268 for seven on a traditionally slow wicket.
South Africa rested key bowlers but still rocked Pakistan in the first 10 overs, reducing them to 27 for three and effectively killing any hope of victory.
Only Sohaib Maqsood, who scored 53 off 65 balls, provided any resistance but the last five wickets went for a paltry 23 runs to condemn Pakistan to a humiliating defeat.
The two teams meet in two Twenty20 internationals in Dubai on Wednesday and Friday before both squads head to South Africa for another limited-overs series starting next week.
South Africa crushed Pakistan by 117 runs the fifth and final ODI at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday to win the series 4-1.
Chasing an imposing target of 269, Pakistan never really recovered from their horror start being three down for 17 to fold up for 151 in 35.3 overs.
A second consecutive half century by Sohaib Maqsood (53) who shared in a breezy 54-run stand for the fifth with Umar Akmal (30) delayed the inevitable.
Afridi failed to inspire a revival with his dismissal triggering a familiar collapse which saw Pakistan lose their last five wickets for 23 runs.
Parnell had the best return of three for 36 while Philander, McLaren and Duminy claimed two wickets apiece.
Tanvir hit some lusty blows before nicking McLaren behind as Pakistan are all out for 151 in the 36th over.
Sohail Tanvir c de Kock b McLaren 15 (17b 3x4 0x6)
Parnell claims his third wicket bouncing out Irfan. Pak 131-9 in 33.2 overs.
Mohammad Irfan c Amla b Parnell 0 (6b 0x4 0x6)
It is all over bar the shouting with the Pakistan fans emptying the stadium in Sharjah.
Pakistan are collapsing in a heap as Parnell traps Ajmal leg before. Pak 131-8 in 31.2 overs.
Saeed Ajmal lbw b Parnell 1 (6b 0x4 0x6)
Pakistan are heading towards another humiliating defeat suffering a familiary batting collapse much to the disappointment of their fans. Pak 131-7 in 31 overs.
Maqsood perishes attempting to smash Duminy out of the stadium for Philander to hold a skier. Pak 130-7 in 30.2 overs.
Sohaib Maqsood c Philander b Duminy 53 (65b 7x4 0x6)
Afridi does not last long being undone by short ball from Parnell spooning a return catch. Pak 128-6 in 29.4 overs.
Shahid Afridi c and b Parnell 9 (10b 1x4 0x6)
Maqsood rocks on the back foot and punches Duminy through the covers for his seventh boundary before hitting his second consecutive ODI half century off 62 balls in his second game. Pak 125-5 in 29 overs.
Afridi is not going to hang around clobbering the third delivery he faced from Tsotsobe to the midwicket fence. Pak 118-5 in 28 overs.
Akmal shared in a 53-run stand in 10.2 overs for the fifth wicket with Maqsood.
Duminy strikes with his fourth delivery trapping Akmal who attempts to sweep right in front with Pakistan being unsuccessful with the decision review. Pak 110-5 in 26.4 overs.
Umar Akmal lbw b Duminy 30 (38b 2x4 0x6)
AB de Villiers fails to latch on to a tough catch off Akmal who fails to keep down a rising delivery from Philander. Pak 108-4 in 26 overs.
The 50 partnership between Maqsood and Akmal comes up in 54 balls.
Akmal steers Parnell behind square leg for a well timed boundary and Maqsood flicks one to fine leg fence as Pakistan reach 105-4 at the halfway stage.
South Africa missed an opportunity to tighten the screws with Akmal (19) being dropped by Quinton off Parnell. Pak 91-4 in 23 overs.
Maqsood is on song slams Parnell over mid-on.
Akmal gets his first boundary greeting the returning Philander by lofting him straight down the ground. Pak 82-4 in 22 overs.
Maqsood dances out and cracks Peterson through the covers for a boundary. Pak 74-4 in 20 overs.
Just when Pakistan seemed to getting out of jail, McLaren strikes with Misbah pulling straight to Miller at midwicket. Pak 56-4 in 16.2 overs.
Misbah-ul-Haq c Miller b McLaren 18 (25b 1x4 1x6)
McLaren comes back with a maiden over to Misbah. Pak 52-3 in 15 overs.
Misbah reverse sweeps Peterson to the third man fence. Pak 52-3 in 14 overs.
Maqsood stands and delivers punching McLaren for a couple of boundaries as Pakistan counter attack. Pak 45-3 in 13 overs.
Misbah gets into top gear pretty early in his innings clubbing Tsotsobe back over his head for a towering straight six to get past 2,000 runs in ODIs as a captain. Pak 35-3 in 12 overs.
Maqsood stands tall and pulls Tsotsobe to midwicket for his first boundary. Pak 27-3 in 10 overs.
Misbah ul Haq walks into the middle with Pakistan in a familiar crisis situation. Pak 21-3 in 9 overs.
Pakistan are in disarray as Philander strikes again trapping Amin plumb in front with a delivery which kept low. Pak 17-3 in 8.1 overs.
Umar Amin lbw b Philander 5 (13b 1x4 0x6)
Amin opens his account by pulling Philander to the square leg fence. Pak 11-2 in 7 overs.
Pakistan are off to a disastrous start losing both openers with Hafeez playing all over Philander to hear the death rattle. Pak 8-2 in 4.5 overs.
Mohammad Hafeez b Philander 6 (16b 1x4 0x6)
Tsotsobe strikes removing the in-form Shehzad who whips him straight to Philander at deep fine leg. Pak 8-1 in 4 overs.
Ahmed Shehzad c Philander b Tsotsobe 2 (13b 0x4 0x6)
Hafeez clips Philander's second ball to the fine leg fence to get Pakistan's run-chase under way.
SOUTH AFRICA INNINGS
South Africa spurred by a well crafted unbeaten century from skipper AB de Villiers (115) made 268-7 after opting to bat first in the final ODI against Pakistan in Sharjah.
AB de Villiers paced his innings beautifully on a slow-paced wicket blasting 10 fours and three sixes during his 102-ball unbeaten century.
They began slowly making 114 in the first 30 overs before AB de Villiers changed gears for South Africa to get 114 in the last 10 overs, including 72 off the last five.
Faf du Plessis (46) shared in a 62-run stand for the fourth wicket with de Villiers who almost single-handedly battled on helped South Africa make a challenging total.
Ajmal claimed three for 45 and Junaid Khan two for 57 while Tanvir went for 58 in eight overs.
The South African captain celebrates his ton with a six and couple more boundaries off Tanvir who goes for 25 in the 50th over.
AB de Villiers completes his 15th ODI century and third against Pakistan by slamming Tanvir through midwicket after surviving a run out scare off the previous ball.
Parnell gets his first boundary stroking Tanvir through the off side.
Junaid strikes rattling the stumps of Peterson. SA 240-7 in 48.4 overs.
Robin Peterson b Junaid Khan 2 (2b 0x4 0x6)
AB de Villiers is getting boundaries at will now driving Junaid through the covers.
Ajmal claims his third wicket breaking the dangerous partnership between AB de Villiers and McLaren which yielded 83 runs in 9.2 overs. SA 233-6 in 48 overs.
R McLaren c Junaid Khan b Saeed Ajmal 27 (24b 5x4 0x6)
AB de Villiers gets consecutive boundaries off Ajmal sweeping to backward square leg and driving through the covers.
The partnership between AB de Villiers and McLaren is 72 from 50 balls.
South Africa have got 50 runs in the last five overs. SA 221-5 in 47 overs.
McLaren gets three consecutive boundaries off Junaid flicking to midwicket, cutting and glancing on either side of the wicket.
AB de Villiers is turning it on in the final overs smashing a full toss from Tanvir to midwicket boundary. SA 208-5 in 46 overs.
The South African captain is changing gears seamlessly glancing Tanvir to fine leg for a boundary. SA 189-5 in 44 overs.
AB de Villiers has launched a counter attack slamming a boundary over extra cover and then slamming his second six over square leg. SA 182-5 in 43 overs.
McLaren gets his first boundary glancing Irfan to fine leg and cutting the next ball to the point fence. SA 171-5 in 42 overs.
AB de Villiers brings up his half century in style pulling a short delivery from Ajmal for a six over midwicket. SA 161-5 in 41 overs.
Ajmal is now the leading wicket taker in one-day internationals in 2013 with 47 overhauling India's Ravindra Jadeja who has 46.
Ajmal claims his second wicket as Miller hits straight back to him. SA 150-5 in 38.4 overs.
David Miller c and b Saeed Ajmal 15 (25b 1x4 0x6)
Miller gets his first boundary which is a welcome one for South Africa smashing Junaid to midwicket in the first over of Batting Powerplay. SA 141-4 in 36 overs.
Afridi completes his spell returning figures of 10-0-37-1. SA 133-4 in 35 overs.
The partnership betwen du Plessis and de Villiers yielded 62 runs off 16 overs.
Tanvir takes a good catch in the deep as Junaid gets the breakthrough with Faf du Plessis failing to clear the man at midwicket fence. SA 124-4 in 31.4 overs.
Faf du Plessis c Sohail Tanvir b Junaid Khan 46 (89b 2x4 0x6)
Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers bring up the 50 partnership off 83 balls. SA 114-3 in 30 overs.
Faf du Plessis lofts Junaid to the midwicket fence for the first boundary after five overs. SA 107-3 in 28 overs.
South Africa in a spin as Hafeez strikes dissmissing Duminy with Shehzad taking a superb catch at silly mid-on. SA 62-3 in 15.4 overs.
JP Duminy c Ahmed Shehzad b Mohammad Hafeez 2 (9b 0x4 0x6)
South Africa have got just 16 runs in the last five overs.
Ajmal strikes as Quinton plays across the line and is trapped leg before. SA 54-2 in 12.4 overs.
Quinton de Kock lbw b Saeed Ajmal 34 (41b 5x4 0x6)
Quinton shows he is a batsman in form and full of confidence giving Tanvir the charge and lofting him over his head for another boundary. SA 39-1 in 8 overs.
Spin introduced early with Ajmal who has taken 45 wickets in ODIs has come into the attack.
Irfan goes for 17 in his third over as Quinton hits four consecutive boundaries, two of which were edged behind. SA 29-1 in 5 overs.
Quinton hits the first boundary of the match pulling Irfan to square leg.
Television replays suggested the ball was pitched outside leg and impossible to be given out but Amla hesitated in reviewing the decision.
Amla is becoming Irfan's favourite being trapped leg before in the fourth of the match. SA 4-1 in 0.5 overs.
Hashim Amla lbw b Mohammad Irfan 3 (4b 0x4 0x6)
Pakistan must be relieved there is no Steyn and Thahir for South Africa.
South Africa have made three changes with Parnell, Philander and Robin Peterson coming in.
For Pakistan, Umar Amin will be in for Asad Shafiq.
Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Amin, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan
South Africa: HM Amla, Q de Kock, F du Plessis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, DA Miller, R McLaren, RJ Peterson, WD Parnell, VD Philander, LL Tsotsobe
South Africa have won the toss and will bat first against Pakistan in the final ODI in Sharjah on Monday.
Dashing South African opener Quinton De Kock vowed his team will go for a 4-1 win over Pakistan in the fifth and final one-day in Sharjah on Monday.
The 20-year-old smashed his maiden hundred to help South Africa beat Pakistan by 28 runs in the fourth one-day in Abu Dhabi on Friday, taking an unassailable 3-1 lead.
And the swashbuckling but modest left-hander said South Africa will go for the kill.
"We definitely look to get it 4-1 and that is our main goal and if we do that it would be awesome," De Kock said after team practice on Sunday.
De Kock said his innings was more pleasing as it helped his team win.
"It was great," said De Kock of his 135-ball 112.
"It was a tight knock and I enjoyed it a lot and it was more good for the team that with the match we won the series so it was good," said De Kock, dropped by Mohammad Hafeez off paceman Sohail Tanvir when on three.
The Gauteng born De Kock said his hard work paid off after a disappointing one-day series in Sri Lanka in July this year.
"I got back and worked hard and did a lot of analysis and technical work and that is paying off. It was difficult to face Pakistani spinners, it's always a big challenge but I am happy that the hard work is paying off," said De Kock who had scores of 20, 8 and 27 in Sri Lanka.
He replaced injured Graeme Smith in the fourth match and instantly made his mark with a 40 in the third match, which South Africa won by 68 runs.
"I wouldn't say that I have replaced Graeme, they are big shoes to fall in so I have to make sure that I meet those standards," said De Kock.
"It's great to be in the team. All accept me what I am and it's a great team environment," said De Kock, who has modelled his batting on former Australian great Adam Gilchrist.
Pakistan's newcomer Sohaib Maqsood said his team will try to salvage some pride in the final match.
"It is true that the series is gone but on Monday we will have another international match and we will do our best to win it," said Maqsood who made an aggressive 56 on debut in the fourth match.
"There is huge disappointment in the camp over the series loss but we have another match to play, then two Twenty20 and then a short tour of South Africa so the focus is to do better," said Maqsood, 26.
After the one-day series, both team will play two Twenty20 matches in Dubai on November 13 and 15 before the teams move to South Africa to play two Twenty20s and three one-dayers.