Lopsy, Ingram star for SA
Lonwabo Tsotsobe starred with the ball before Colin Ingram shone with the bat as South Africa sealed a six-wicket win over Pakistan in the first Twenty20 international at the Sheik Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
Left-arm quick Tsotsobe turned in figures of three for 16 off four overs as South Africa bowled Pakistan out for 119 with one ball of their innings remaining.
Ingram led South Africa’s reply with an unbeaten knock of 46 off 38 balls as the Proteas reached 120 for four with 10 balls of their innings remaining.
The match was played in order to raise funds for flood relief in Pakistan.
The South African team donated their match fees towards the good cause but it looked as if their charity would extend to handing the match to their opponents as they slipped to 26 for three inside six overs.
But Ingram and JP Duminy first steadied the innings before setting off in search of victory thanks to a fourth-wicket stand of 66.
Duminy’s good form continued as the left-hander scored 41 off 46 balls before he fell to a superb catch from Umar Akmal.
Duminy tried to loft a delivery from off-spinner Saeed Ajmal out of the ground but Akmal ran in from long-on before diving forward to take the catch.
David Miller then helped Ingram settle the match as he blazed his way to an entertaining 13 not out off seven balls.
The 25-year-old Ingram, playing in only his third T20 international, displayed impressive maturity in the face of a fired-up Pakistan bowling attack with the left-handed batsman striking four fours and two sixes during his innings.
Fast bowler Shoaib Akthar was the cause of South Africa’s early woes as he picked up two wickets in one over when he had Loots Bosman (2) caught in the covers before AB de Villiers (0) chopped a short ball onto his stumps.
Graeme Smith (13) was then bowled by off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez before Duminy and Ingram took the match away from Pakistan.
Akhtar ended with figures of two for 29 while Hafeez was economical as he picked up one for 10 off three overs.
Tsotsobe and Johan Botha had earlier shared six wickets for the Proteas.
The 26-year-old Tsotsobe, who shared the new ball, was in superb form and his impressive figures were down to a combination of a clever use of cutters and a nagging line and length.
Off-spinner Botha picked up three for 31 off his four overs.
Pakistan’s innings had been given a boost thanks to a cameo knock of 25 off seven balls from Shahid Afridi but when the right-handed batsman holed out to long-on off a Botha delivery, the Pakistan charge fell away as the hosts lost their last seven wickets for the addition of just 44 runs.
Pakistan’s plight could have been a lot worse if not for Misbah-ul-Haq who weighed in with an unbeaten 27 off 32 balls.
After Pakistan had won the toss and elected to bat on a slowish wicket Imran Farhat (10) and Shahzaib Hasan (9) put on 16 runs for the opening stand before Farhat edged a Tsotsobe delivery to first slip.
Tsotsobe then claimed his second wicket when Shahzaib was caught by Duminy who made good ground from point to take a catch over his shoulder.
Botha then had Mohammad Hafeez (13) caught by Ingram at deep point before Afridi launched his assault.
The right-handed batsman struck the first ball that he faced for six. He then belted two consecutive sixes off the bowling of Botha but he tried to hit a third and was dismissed by the Proteas captain to leave Pakistan on 75 for four.
Pakistan - Imran Farhat, Shahzaib Hasan, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi (capt), Abdul Razzaq, Zulqarnain Haider (wk), Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar, Saeed Ajmal.
South Africa - Graeme Smith, Loots Bosman, Colin Ingram, AB de Villiers (wk), JP Duminy, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Johan Botha (capt) , Morne Morkel, Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.