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Ingram ton sinks Pakistan

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Colin Ingram struck a century as South Africa crushed Pakistan by 125 runs to move 1-0 ahead in the five-match one-day international series.

The left-hander struck 10 fours in an unbeaten 105 off 104 deliveries, sharing in a third-wicket stand of 120 with AB de Villiers, who compiled a 63-ball 65, as the hosts posted a commanding 315 for four.

Pakistan made a steady start but, after Rory Kleinveldt took 4-22, were dismissed for 190 with more than 13 overs unused.

After losing the toss, South Africa had 50 on the board inside 10 overs as Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla, dropped on 15, got off to a solid start.

Colin Ingram

Colin Ingram celebrates a century that helped South Africa to a comfortable victory over Pakistan in the opening one-day international

However, both fell in the space of three overs to spin as Smith - on 30 - edged Saeed Ajmal behind and Mohammad Hafeez accounted for Amla, who could only sky a sweep into the hands of deep square-leg to depart for 43.

De Villiers and Ingram had a platform to build upon and did not disappoint with a fruitful 20-over stay at the crease.

Ingram was first to his half-century with a single to third man, with de Villiers following soon after thanks to lofted drive off Ajmal.

That was one of a quartet of fours for the Proteas skipper, who fell in the 36th over when he found Younus Khan at extra cover to give Ajmal his second scalp.

Ingram survived a review from Shahid Afridi, with the ball appearing to hit his glove prior to pad, before the number four and Francois du Plessis took 21 off the spinner’s eighth and final over.

Despite du Plessis’ cameo ending on 26 when he could only scoop Junaid Khan to short fine-leg, Farhaan Behardien added late impetus with a trio of sixes and two fours in a 14-ball 34.

Ingram had the strike in the last over and needed just one ball to reach three figures, driving through the covers.

Pakistan started their reply positively but were two down inside 12 overs as Kleinveldt had Nasir Jamshed caught at slip before running out Hafeez backing up, both departing for 25.

Ryan McLaren removed Asad Shafiq cheaply and, after a stand of 49 between Younus and Misbah-ul-Haq, the former edged Kyle Abbott behind for 30.

Misbah tried to rebuild with four fours and a six, but his dismissal - caught behind off McLaren - sparked a collapse that saw five wickets fall for 42 runs.

McLaren and Lonwabo Tsotsobe accounted for Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik respectively before Kleinveldt cleaned up the tail.

The paceman caught and bowled Umar Gul, trapped Ajmal lbw and got rid of Afridi, whose 16-ball 34 contained three sixes and two fours.