South Africa v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Bloemfontein

Ingram, Kleinveldt star in huge win

The Report by Firdose Moonda in Bloemfontein

March 10, 2013

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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
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Colin Ingram leaps after reaching his century, South Africa v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Bloemfontein, March 10, 2013
Colin Ingram celebrated a second century in Bloemfontein © AFP
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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.

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  • Rory Kleinveldt finished with 4 for 22 off just 5.2 overs. This is the lowest number of overs bowled by a South African bowler in an innings while finishing with a four-wicket haul or more.
  • The 125-run win is South Africa's sixth by a margin of 100 or more runs against Pakistan. Four of these have come in home ODIs.
  • South Africa's total of 315 is their fourth-highest total against Pakistan and their second 300-plus score against them at home.
  • Colin Ingram's century is his second and the 14th overall by a South African batsman against Pakistan. Ingram's previous century came in Abu Dhabi in 2010.
  • Ingram's hundred is his third in ODIs and second in Bloemfontein. He has scored 626 runs in 19 ODIs at an average of 44.71.
  • The 120-run stand between Ingram and AB de Villiers is the third highest third-wicket stand for South Africa against Pakistan and their highest such stand against them at home. De Villiers has been involved in the top three stands.
  • Shahid Afridi became the first batsman to pass the 300-sixes mark in ODIs. Afridi has now hit 301 sixes in 324 innings. Sanath Jayasuriya is second with 270 sixes.
  • The number of overs faced by Pakistan (36.2) is the joint fourth lowest for a completed innings against South Africa. The lowest is 25 overs in Mohali in 2006.

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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Posted by 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.


Posted by   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.

Posted by 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 ,

Posted by 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.

Posted by mzm149 on (March 12, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

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

Posted by 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

Posted by   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,,

Posted by USMANRANDHAWA on (March 12, 2013, 6:08 GMT)

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

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