Sydney, Mar 11: South Africa captain AB de Villiers lauded his young players after they convincingly thrashed Pakistan in the first one-day at Chevrolet Park, Bloemfontein by 125 runs.
Colin Ingram smashed an unbeaten century and seamer Rory Kleinveldt had a career best 4-22 as South Africa defeated Pakistan by 125 runs in the first of five one-day internationals on Sunday, News.com.au reports.
Pakistan’s batting woes on the tour continued with Kleinveldt and Ryan McLaren (3-19) combining well to dismiss the visitors for 190 in 36.2 overs.
Pakistan’s top-order batsmen had a miserable run when South Africa whitewashed them in the test series 3-0 last month, and that poor form continued with captain Misbahul Haq top scoring with 38.
De Villiers said it really excites him to see the boys perform like that, adding they haven’t played great ODI cricket of late.
De Villiers added it has been worrying and frustrating, and he knows this is just one game, but it is a step in the right direction.
Earlier, after winning the toss Pakistan paid a heavy price for using four spinners and just two seamers at Chevrolet Park.
Ingram added a solid run-a-ball 120 with captain AB de Villiers (65) for the third wicket and propelled the total with a whirlwind 50-run stand with Farhaan Behardien (34) off just 23 deliveries at the end of the innings.
Saeed Ajmal was the pick of the bowlers with 2-53, but Afridi had a less memorable performance as he played in his 350th ODI, returning figures of 0-60 as Ingram and Faf du Plessis (26) hammered the leg-spinner for five boundaries in one over. (ANI)