South Africa v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Bloemfontein March 10, 2013

Ingram, Kleinveldt star in huge win

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South Africa 315 for 4 (Ingram 105*, de Villiers 65) beat Pakistan 190 (Misbah 38, Kleinveldt 4-22) by 125 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

South Africa began their journey to the Champions Trophy with a leap - not just a step - as they overcame Pakistan with a polished all-round effort that was set up by their batsmen and finished off in the field. Importantly for them, the contributions came from quarters that have been areas of concern in the past.

The middle order, and Colin Ingram in particular, played a meaningful part and a bowling attack without Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel functioned effectively. South Africa's batsmen dealt with Pakistan's quartet of spinners with ease while their seamers, led by Ryan McLaren and Rory Kleinveldt, shut the opposition out of the match.

By contrast, Pakistan suffered because they fielded only two seamers and did not use Saeed Ajmal well enough, taking him off after he had made a breakthrough. The fifth and sixth bowlers, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik, conceded 81 runs in 11 overs runs on a surface that did not aid turn, and against batsmen who were intent on proving their captain's belief that they were capable of smothering the spin threat.

The Pakistan quicks had started well as both Junaid Khan and Umar Gul found early seam movement. Gul repeatedly beat Graeme Smith's bat with deliveries that moved away. Even Hashim Amla, who opened the boundary count with a gorgeous coax through the covers, did not find the going easy. He inside-edged Junaid for four early on and went on to do it twice more in a somewhat charmed stint, which also included him being dropped on 15.

The openers chose to take the Powerplay as soon as it become available. Pakistan used it to introduce spin, which they continued with for 21 overs, but it only restricted South Africa for a while. They scored 29 runs in the Powerplay for the loss of Smith. AB de Villiers promoted himself to No. 3 and was joined by Colin Ingram after Amla had one too many dalliances with chance and was caught on the deep square-leg boundary.

De Villiers and Ingram shared in the most important stand of the innings, with Ingram's knock of greater importance as he tries to cement a spot in the starting XI. Ingram swept well and for the most part they accumulated runs quietly but quickly.

De Villiers hit his first boundary after he had scored 37 runs but his search for singles was ceaseless. When he did find the rope, he did it a second time for good measure. He made room against Ajmal and lofted over extra cover for four to bring up his half-century and then pulled the next ball to bring up the century stand off 103 balls. It had swelled to 120 when Ajmal had the last laugh as de Villiers lobbed to short cover.

Ingram took over and played his part in ending Afridi's participation with the ball. His eighth and last over cost 21 runs; Ingram hit two out of five boundaries. Faf du Plessis was responsible for the other three. He put on 62 with Ingram before scooping to short fine leg.

Although Farhaan Berhardien is not known as a hitter, he was sent in with four overs to go and hit the two sixes of the innings off consecutive balls. He sent Junaid Khan over long-on and midwicket and ensured Ingram, on 96, had strike in the last over.

He needed only one delivery to stroke the ball through the covers and bring up a second century in Bloemfontein and a second against Pakistan. He also took South Africa to their third highest total at the ground, giving Pakistan a tough chase.

Pakistan's openers were challenged by Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who found swing and induced an edge from Mohammed Hafeez that fell short of slip. He could have had Hafeez a second time when he got a leading edge to du Plessis, which popped out of his hands at gully.

Kyle Abbott offered some relief by inviting the drive. Jamshed, however, was just getting into a higher gear when he chased a wide ball off Kleinveldt's second over and was caught at first slip. Kleinveldt also got the timely breakthrough when he ran Hafeez out at the non-strikers' end. Younis Khan had driven back at the bowler, who deflected the ball with the slightest touch of his ring finger.

Pakistan needed a big stand but AB de Villiers did not let Younis and Misbah-ul-Haq settle with clever rotations of his bowlers. They posted 49 before Younis became Abbott's first ODI wicket.

McLaren ensured Pakistan could not claw their way back. He displayed excellent use of variation and the short ball had Misbah caught behind as he tried to pull one. At 135 for 5 in the 29th over, it was only a matter of time but Afridi lengthened it with some blows at the end. Three huge hits took his sixes tally to 301. He muscled his way to 34 before holing out to deep midwicket to give Kleinveldt career-best figures and South Africa a comprehensive win.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Sports4Youth on March 12, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    Ideally there should have been Irfan in the bowling line-up. But Misbah has been continuesly messing up the team selection on this tour. Also Misbah is in no position to drop Younis Khan.

    But I must congratulate Misbah that he has been able to drop Umar Akmal once again. Also Kamran Akmal is doing absolutely nothing with the bat. Also thre is always this danger of dropping catches and bad wicket keeping from Kamran.

    Finally there is not much that Misbah can do with this messed up tead. His only mistake was not playing Irfan.

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  • dummy4fb on March 12, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    No doubt, South African played better cricket on that day, but I think the real problem is with the Pakistan's teams. They have better players but not playing like a team. I feel pity for Shoaib Malik, he is much better player in fact all rounder. He should be promoted to No.3 or 4 and should been used along with Saeed Ajmal.

    Afridi don't deserve a spot in the team. He is sheer waste. I must say.

  • faizan_feroz on March 12, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    just remove malik and yunus bring umar akmal at no 3 instead of asad , asad at 4 misbah at 5 include a bowler in place of malik , the team combination and composition is a mess otherwise the team is good , plus hafeez might be better one down and kamran should open the batting misbah is pakistan's hyst rungetter when it cums to recent odi so one mustnt forget that ,

  • Weloveu on March 12, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    I must admit, the selection of teh ODI squad was a massive dissapointment for me, I wanted to see, Quin De Kock, Van der Merwe and Rilley Rossouw in the team, but instead the likes of AB as wicketkeeper,Behardien and Kleinveldt.

    But they why they played we can not faulted Gary Kirstens selection at all.

  • mzm149 on March 12, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    @g.narsimha and @dariuscorny: I have just one answer for you 71-49 and 12-9.

  • NoorusSabbahKhan on March 12, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    lol, I have only one observation after reading almost all the comments..Indians hate Afridi more than Pakistani do:P..i mean if he performs poor, there are more negative comments from Indian cricket followers than those from Pakistanis:P..thats so interesting:P

  • dummy4fb on March 12, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    every time batting cause defeat of pakistan this time bowling cause defeat n i dont think that pakistan have this bowling calliper pakistan had better options avalable also,,

  • USMANRANDHAWA on March 12, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    Every one produce good results if they work hard and that is misfortune for pakistan

  • g.narsimha on March 12, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    mzm149-just arrogance i wonder how could u make such coments even after 3-0 white wash in tests where u r so called self asumed worlds best boling could not take all 10 in an inning most of the times forget 20 , u r team played agressively in IND deserved win 2-1 is not 1 sided afair ,it is apropriat to campare both teams performance in SA , see the stats u r team doent stand a while where as IND almost won test series last tme we visited there , in over all u r performance vrs SA , AUS , WI IS WORSE , WE FARED FARBETTER IN THOSE PLACES , in recent past we had only one white wash in AUS where u r team got HATRICKS of white washes in AUS won nothing in the last 3 cosicutive tours -so dont drag IND with the sloe mitive to insult our team see where u stand , out side ASIA nothing , u r so called worlds best bowler needs subcontinental strips every where for wickets otherwise he is just ordinery , its not MISBAH,BATAMEN ITS U R OVER HYPPED BOWLERS FAILING MISERBLY WORST THAN minnows

  • Neo2K on March 12, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Bring in Haris Sohail, unfrotunately he has to leave the tour Party in Feb due to Ankle injury but he is an Exciting player with Domestic Batting average of 52+ and T20 of 70+. He need to be in playing 11 ASAP. Time for Misbah to wrap things up and also Younus, Shoaib, Afridi and Kamran A as well, there are plenty of young players in our domestic circuit that can better perform them. Bring in Hammad Azam, Fawad Alam and the young fast Bowlers. Mohsin need replace Dave as the Head coach he has the character. Make Hafeez Captain in all format for now, he seems to perform better when tested. We definately need a wicketkeeper batsman who can play at the deeper part of the innings.