South Africa Hashim Amla opening batsman plays a shot. -Photo by AFP

BLOEMFONTEIN: Colin Ingram hit an unbeaten century to set up a comfortable 125-run win for South Africa in the first one-day international against Pakistan at Chevrolet Park on Sunday.

The left-handed Ingram made 105 not out as South Africa piled up 315 for four after being sent in to bat. Pakistan could only make 190 in reply.

Ingram made his runs off 103 balls with ten fours. It was his third one-day international century and his second against Pakistan.

He shared partnerships of 120 for the third wicket with captain AB de Villiers (65), 62 for the fourth wicket with Faf du Plessis (26) and 50 off only 23 balls with Farhaan Behardien, who hammered 34 not out off 14 deliveries.

Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla set an aggressive tone with an opening partnership of 72 after South Africa were sent in, with both batsmen going for their shots against Junaid Khan and Umar Gul despite the Pakistan new ball bowlers getting some early assistance from the pitch.

Pakistan made a bright start with Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed putting on 42 for the first wicket off 43 balls before the suffered a double blow.

Jamshed was caught at slip by Graeme Smith off Rory Kleinveldt for 25 and Hafeez fell for the same score in unlucky fashion when a drive by Younis Khan was deflected by bowler Kleinveldt into the stumps for Hafeez to be run out.

Asad Shafiq fell cheaply and Pakistan were unable to build substantial partnerships with captain Misbah-ul-Haq top-scoring with 38.

Shahid Afridi hit 34 off 16 balls before he was last man out but his innings was never likely to alter the outcome. Afridi hit three sixes, including a massive strike which sailed out of the ground and into a car park.

Kleinveldt, whose first two balls were hit for four, came back strongly to finish with four for 22 in 5.2 overs, while Ryan McLaren took three for 19.

The win gave South Africa a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. The second match will be in Centurion on Friday.

Squads:  

South Africa: A.B. de Villiers (captain), Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Colin Ingram, Faf du Plessis, Farhaan Behardien, Ryan McLaren, Robin Peterson, Rory Kleinveldt, Kyle Abbott, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan.

Umpires: Johan Colete, South Africa, and Kumar Dharmasena, Sri Lanka.

TV umpire: Billy Bowden, New Zealand. Match referee: Andy Pycroft, Zimbabwe.

Comments (44) (Closed)


Ajay
Mar 11, 2013 07:26am
pls win atleast one game in ODI's it will be a great help to India
mumtaz
Mar 11, 2013 07:45am
how can we get rid of Misbah and Younus, when our top player are there LIKE UMAR AKMAL and Ahmed Shehzad, it is real time to utilize them, Misbah will be our HERO if he sacrifices himself for the sake of Pakistan and get retirement from OD. Now every body is abuses him.
Saad
Mar 11, 2013 05:22pm
I agree, but what is Kamran Akmal still doing in the team? he is a waste - they should axe him . Get back in Sarfaraz because Kamran is one useless player. Jiska pawwa, uska khel.
kashif
Mar 11, 2013 08:58am
I will also play....when everybody is given a chance.....
Javid Shirazi
Mar 11, 2013 09:26am
When professional batsmen are unable to score even a half-century, then they need to be replaced immediately. Learn from Cricket Australia. Please bring in fresh faces because as it is, the team is losing. So what is wrong in trying youngsters?
S Ravindran
Mar 11, 2013 06:18am
Hello Brother, This is too much criticism over pakistan cricket... I am an Indian,,, But whenver pakistan plays with any country, I sit and watch how they are fighting with other teams... They are really marvelous on many occassions.. But this time it was not worked properly.. I love all the pakistani bowlers and batsman except Javed mianded...Definitely pakistan will give a fitting reply to southafrica in their own soil... With great love with pakistan cricket S Ravindran
Mohammed Yahya USA
Mar 11, 2013 06:24am
u missed few more, why not to get rid of all of them & let our politicians held cricket as well.
mumtaz
Mar 11, 2013 06:27am
we all cannot realize that in sport one team loses and other wins, because our people do not knows the game of cricket they knows only to sixes and fours and out every ball. we must have to understand game.
mumtaz
Mar 11, 2013 06:28am
he will learn only after 40 years though Afridi is my favorite player
mehboobmalik
Mar 11, 2013 04:39am
Well done South Africa as expected. I think Pakistan is not going to win even a single one day in this series if they play with the same squad. Why Ahmed Shahzad is not included for one days after the T20 match performance? I still believe that these gamblers are involved in dirty politics in the team :(
Bilawal Magsi
Mar 11, 2013 04:23am
It was really a bad selection , Afridi was in form but didn't got any support , misbah should send him in top order , no need of shoaib malik in team we should pick razzaq instead of him n shehzad instead of farhat .
ZeroSumGame
Mar 11, 2013 04:19am
We seems to be using ISI strategy here. If we loose to SA , India will loose top ODI ranking. Mission accomplished. - :)
sunny
Mar 11, 2013 04:10am
best luck for next match.
Sami
Mar 10, 2013 03:24pm
Saeedo! Afrifid at least entertained us with the sixies when he just had the bat. Now that the game is over, you may want to find another scapgoat. Why don't Pakistanis learn to enjoy a game than just commenting all the time one day with positive ego followed by a second of mourning and negative expressions.
crak_pot
Mar 11, 2013 01:18am
and shoaib malik too
Ali G
Mar 10, 2013 05:46pm
why not get rid of the whole team... lets play football and win Euro... :)
Ali G
Mar 10, 2013 05:43pm
do not get depressed more is coming our way...
Azeem
Mar 11, 2013 12:41am
I wasted my whole night watching the game! It was such a shit show....I think Kamran Akmal should be out (he has baby hands for wicket keeping, his hand does not have power by jerking off every day). Misbah play ODI like a test match and goes on duck in test matches). Shoaib Malik should be out as his mind is busy thinking about Sania Mirza lol and he does not focus on the game. Afridi and Ahmed shehzad should open, Hafeez should come 1 down and Umar Akmal 2 down. Again, that's just my opinion. Abdul Razzak should be called back as replacement for Shoaib.
Iqbal
Mar 11, 2013 12:35am
mr seedoo...don't be hypocrate, what about other lame horses in the team and pathetic team selection and decision making by misbah.....teams can win if they have fighting spirit and a courageous captain, not like Misbah...a sore loser. How come you expect to maintain a 6+ run rate and waste deliveries and when required average sky rocket then lose wickets cheaply. Misbah, Younis, Shoaib and Gul should be out and replaced by Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq and Wahab Riaz. I'm sure they can beat any team in the world. Don't blame Afridi if recognized batsmen are scoring 20-30 odd runs with 70/75% strike rate.
mike jackson
Mar 10, 2013 07:18pm
its a crying shame really the pathetic and dumb Pak team. Misbah fans pls take your heads out of ur orifices pls .. he aint nothing !! dump him !! and live happily ever after !! Mike
Farooq Mogul
Mar 10, 2013 07:58pm
Razzaq WAS a good player, so was Wasim, Waqar and Yousuf. His time came and gone. Whatever his stated age is, just ask people who know him, he is mucg older than his staed age, no wonder he cannot bowl, bat and field anymore, try to forget him.
Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad
Mar 10, 2013 07:08pm
Yet another crushing defeat at the hands of the South Africans by Misbah-ul-Haq and party. Mind it, South Africa is currently rated as one of the best and top cricket teams in the world in every format of the game. Moreover, they are playing on their own soil too, where even lambs become lions. It merits mention that all neutral, third party and unbiased cricket academics, experts, players, commentators , umpires, fans, sponsors, administrators, promoters and management professionals know that for any current cricket team to beat the present South African side in South Africa, they have to give an extra-ordinary performance in all three on-the-field departments of the game. Therefore, for them, it was neither surprising nor unexpected when the current Pakistani cricket team visiting South Africa lost heavily in all (except one) of the test, T20 and ODI matches played so far. To be more realistic and candidly speaking, for the result of the remaining four ODI matches to be different, the Pakistani cricket team has to excel exceptionally well over their formidable counter-parts in all the on-and off-the-field departments of the game. Otherwise, the bad news for the die hard Pakistani fans is that the result of the remaining four ODI matches will not be so different than the first ODI match played today.
Anuj
Mar 10, 2013 06:47pm
Don't blame everything on afridi, He is my Favorite player he is young, he can learn the trick sooner or later.
kool
Mar 10, 2013 06:26pm
Wrong decision to bat first after winning the toss. Shafiq, Misbah needs to be out. A. Razzaq should always be part of ODI but he does not have any PAWAA. Ahamed Shezad should open. Hafeez is not consistent. He does it beucase he knows he is not A.Razzaq. He always has a place in the team unlike A. Razzaq. Who is expected to perform in every match.
peerzada Mushtaq
Mar 10, 2013 04:06pm
plz. read "bowling " instead of "bating"
Abdullah Hussain Sunni
Mar 11, 2013 01:01pm
I am the happiest man because I don't expect Team Pakistan to do any better in the ODI series
Umair Khalid (@umairkd2011)
Mar 10, 2013 03:37pm
Time to get rid of misbah, afridi, malik, younis, kamran akmal and umar gul in the ODI's. We need some youngsters. Yes they might fail initially but they will give results in the long run. Unlike these old horses who have failed time and time again and still keep on getting chances.
Ali G
Mar 11, 2013 02:22pm
Dr. Sahib! Pakistan Ko bachaa loo...:). I wonder why ppl waste their time and energy on watching matches anymore...
sal
Mar 10, 2013 05:27pm
another hopeless batting display
Farooq Mogul
Mar 10, 2013 08:02pm
Team need many changes, after the tour, get rid of Misbah first and give Ahmed Shehzad a permanent place in the team, he is the future of Pakistan batting. Try not to make Kamran or Umar Akmal a finisher at number 6 or 7. Finisher in ODI has to have a brain.
imtiaz
Mar 10, 2013 11:17am
We let them score 300+, which makes it 0-1 against us. We are slow starters. Lets hope in next 4 ODIs we do better.
Badshah
Mar 10, 2013 12:02pm
wrong team selected for ODI, for one, where is Shahzad????????????
Nadeem Mirza
Mar 10, 2013 05:10pm
Keep dreaming....
kashif
Mar 10, 2013 12:17pm
what a poor performance by South Africa....scoring only 300 against the team they can score 500+......come on SA wake up......
Nadeem Mirza
Mar 10, 2013 05:06pm
you may be right...and where was ahmed Shezad after that steller performance?
waqar
Mar 10, 2013 05:08pm
chnace should be given to imran nazeer and shahzad.
Nadeem Mirza
Mar 10, 2013 05:10pm
Yeah and along with that do not waste the talent of Umar Akmal..He deserved a place ahead of Younis, Shoaib Malik, and even Misbah. Kid needs encouragement and counsilling and not banisment.
Seedoo
Mar 10, 2013 02:32pm
Once again Shahid Afridi lets the team down. When are the selectors going to realize that Mr. Afridi is a spent force? I guess when he turns 60.
sahil
Mar 11, 2013 11:49am
Please send Pakistani players to Bangladesh to learn how to play cricket... Pakistan never win a match till you not remove misbah from the team.
YOUSUF HUSSAIN
Mar 10, 2013 02:47pm
That is our tragedy that we depends on hopes,we do not wants to do any thing in the field,we have one ward that is hope
kaustubh
Mar 10, 2013 04:56pm
when our team wins it is the best team in world and when it loses it becomes the worst and all players become useless. When we will grow up in India and pakistan. When we will realize that in sports one team wins and one loses.
beg
Mar 10, 2013 04:43pm
afridi 34 off 16 balls,misbah 38 off 44 balls,younus 30 off 51 balls .pick two out of three to kick out.if afridi would have partners left ,game would be different .sending him so down is not right
beg
Mar 10, 2013 04:39pm
get rid of misbah and younus.pakistan will do better as they did in t20 without these two duddu
shado
Mar 11, 2013 03:32pm
I think they need to make few changes in batting, (and now i m in favor of imran farhat and nasir jamshed both left handlers need to play along with Ahmed shezad to open up with hafeez). Reason i am favoring imran farhat is he is in his current form, and playing better on fast pitch so is ahmed shazad. we can experiment and side line asad, younus and shoaib and retain all the bowlers including afridi. open hafeez and imran - keep rght and left hand combination for atleast first 15 over and see. This will cause lot of problem to adjust the line for the bowlers. - and youngerster can run better. ----- > rest bowling line is fine. --