Proteas cruise to 125-run victory over Pakistan

2013-03-10 18:17

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Four wickets from Rory Kleinveldt and a century from Colin Ingram helped South Africa to a 125-run victory over Pakistan in their first Momentum one-day international at Bloemfontein today.

Ingram’s hundred contributed to the target of 316 while Kleinveldt, together with Ryan McLaren, ensured the opposition fell well short.

Pakistan began their chase in earnest and, for the first ten overs, matched the South African run-rate.

Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed put on 42 runs together before Kleinveldt had Jamshed (25) caught at slip.

Hafeez lost his wicket in an unfortunate manner when his partner Younus Khan hit the ball straight back towards the bowler.

Kleinveldt got a fingertip to the ball and it went on to hit the wicket with Hafeez (25) out of his crease as he was setting off for a run.

Even more unfortunate was the time taken for third umpire Billy Bowden to make the decision.

It was the third referral in the early part of the innings which took much too long and again brought into question the use of the DRS (Decision Review System).

Kyle Abbott took his maiden ODI wicket when Younus edged a delivery to the wicketkeeper after Younus and captain Misbah-ul-Huq shared the only substantial partnership of the innings – 49 off 60 balls.

Misbah, who top-scored with 38, was caught behind off the bowling of McLaren, giving the local boy his second wicket after the earlier dismissal of Asad Shafiq.

Coming in at number eight, Shahid “Boom Boom” Afridi livened up the match walloping his 300th ODI six during his innings.

When Kleinveldt claimed the big wicket, after Afridi had made 34, it was all over for Pakistan who scored 190 in 36.2 overs.

Kleinveldt finished with a career best four for 22 off his 5.2 overs and McLaren three for 19.

Earlier, South Africa had made 315 for four after being sent in to bat by Pakistan.

The opening pair of Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla set the foundation with a 72-run stand, off 84 balls, before Saeed Ajmal made the breakthrough.

Attempting a reverse paddle, Smith (30) got a glove to the ball which bounced upwards off his shoulder, giving Pakistan’s wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal a simple catch.

Proteas ODI captain and wicket-keeper AB de Villiers moved himself up the order, coming in at three, but he was soon joined by Ingram after Amla’s luck finally ran out.

Having survived a couple of chances, Amla (43) got a top edge to Hafeez and the ball flew skywards to Shoaib Malik at deep square leg.

Looking to go over extra cover, De Villiers did not get enough bat on ball and ended up being caught at short cover by Younus, off Ajmal, for 65.

Ingram’s third hundred came off 101 balls and included nine boundaries and he was unbeaten on 105 at the end of the innings.

Faf du Plessis and Ingram added 63 runs together before Du Plessis (26) tried another unsuccessful scoop this time off Junaid Khan straight into the hands of Umar Gul at short fine leg.

Ingram and Farhaan Behardien compiled a quick fifty partnership off 23 balls which included the only two sixes in the South African innings.

Behardien hit the first six over long-on, in the 49th over, off a full toss from Junaid and followed it up with another one over deep mid-wicket.

He was unbeaten on 34, off just 14 deliveries.

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