Cricket: Win against Pakistan morale-booster after previous loss to Sri Lanka: de Villiers

ABU DHABI (AFP) - South African captain AB de Villiers showed pride in his team after winning a one-day series against Pakistan, hailing a comeback after losing tamely to Sri Lanka four months ago.

South Africa took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series after a hard-fought, 28-run win in the fourth game in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

De Villiers, whose team lost 1-4 in Sri Lanka in July, was delighted with the improvement against a Pakistan side he rates highly.

"I am proud of each and every one of the team, a series win away from home is never easy, especially after defeat in Sri Lanka, and against a world-class team like Pakistan," he said after the match.

"It (series win) is a small step in the right direction, we definitely are not a great side yet, very far off still, but winning a series away from home is great," he added.

The fifth and final one-day international will be played in Sharjah on Monday before the teams play two Twenty20 internationals on Nov 13 and 15 in Dubai.