Century on debut for Ingram as Proteas win by 64 runs

2010-10-16 09:17

A century on debut by Colin Ingram and another from Hashim Amla helped South Africa to a 64-run victory over Zimbabwe in their first One Day International played in Bloemfontein last night.

Ingram went on to make 124 off 126 balls, and became the highest scorer on debut for the Proteas after Shaun Pollock’s 66 against England in 1995 and only the sixth batsman in the world to do so.

Amla reached his century first, off 87 balls hitting 14 boundaries and, at that point, was also only the second South African to score a hundred on this ground, the first being Andrew Hudson against India in 1992.

Totally unaware of these statistics, Ingram, who was named man of the match, said he had worked hard on his batting in the last week and was pleased it had paid off.

“It was an absolutely wonderful experience. I’ve grown up watching or basing my game around a lot of these guys, so to be out there batting with them is just special in the first place.

“I was pretty nervous on about 20, I thought I should be scoring a little bit quicker but then Hash (Hashim Amla) spoke to me and said just bat with me and enjoy your time in the middle, get your feet moving and stay nice and calm. It was wonderful batting with him.”

In reply to South Africa’s massive 351/6, Zimbabwe made 287/6 as Brendan Taylor carried his bat for the visitors ending on an unbeaten 145. “We always knew we were going to be behind but we had a positive approach up front,” said Taylor afterwards.

“I knew I had to just occupy the crease. It got a bit easier as I went on but the South African bowlers always keep one step ahead and vary their length well.

Zimbabwe eventually reached 287/6 off their 50 overs with Taylor on 145 and Prosper Utseya not out on 22.

Juan Theron ended with figures of 3/62 off his 10 overs and took a catch in what was also his maiden one-day international.

Hamilton Masakadza was the only Zimbabwean bowler to take any wickets but his four came at a price as he gave away 86 runs.

Zimbabwe’s coach Alan Butcher said he was more than a little concerned about the Zimbabwe bowling attack.

“It’s been an ongoing problem with our seamers. In previous tours we’ve played about four spinners but we’re trying to develop some seamers for test cricket.

“Just at the moment, they’re not stepping up to the mark but we have to keep faith with them, keep working them and hope that in the near future we’ll start hitting better areas.”?

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