De Villiers upbeat after ODI win at Bloemfontein against Pakistan
Sydney: South Africa captain A B 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. Seamer Rory Kleinveldt bowled a career best 4-22 as South Africa defeated Pakistan by 125 runs in the first of five one-day internationals on Sunday. Pakistan`s batting woes on the tour continued as Kleinveldt and Ryan McLaren (3-19) combined 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. Their poor form continued as captain Misbah-ul-Haq notched 38 runs, highest for Pakistan on the day.
De Villiers said, “It really excites me to see the boys perform like that,” also adding, “...they haven`t played great ODI cricket of late. It has been worrying and frustrating, and I know 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 scoring 34 off just 23 balls to the end of the innings.
Saeed Ajmal was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2-53. Afridi however, 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.