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Ingram ton sees South Africa home

UPDATED 11 March, 2013 9:38AM AEST | 1

Colin Ingram smashed an unbeaten century as South Africa coasted to a 125-run win over Pakistan in the first one-day international on Sunday.

The left-handed Ingram hit 10 fours as he made 105 not out from 104 deliveries to help South Africa reach 4-315 from their 50 overs in Bloemfontein.

And despite being without strike bowlers Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander, the Proteas still dismissed the tourists for 190 inside 37 overs.

Earlier, spinners Mohammad Hafeez (1-48) and Saeed Ajmal (2-53) saw off South African openers Hashim Amla (43) and Graeme Smith (30) respectively, to leave the hosts at 2-83.

But a 120-run stand between Ingram and AB de Villiers (65 off 63) put the home side in a strong position.

Some late assistance from Faf du Plessis (26) and a stunning late flurry from third-gamer Farhaan Behardien (34 off 14) helped the Proteas push past the 300 mark.

In reply, the visitors began brightly, going at a run a ball for the first seven overs before Nasir Jamshed departed off the bowling of Rory Kleinveldt (4-22) - caught by skipper Smith at slip.

Pakistan's day was then summed up by the freak dismissal of Jamshed's opening partner Hafeez, who was run out when Kleinveldt got a fingertip on a straight Younis Khan drive - and it cannoned into the stumps at the non-strikers end, with Hafeez short of his crease after backing up.

Paceman Ryan McLaren (3-19) then got in on the act, seeing off Asad Shafiq (five) before Khan (30) edged a Kyle Abbott (1-35) delivery to wicketkeeper de Villiers to give the debutant fast bowler his first ODI wicket.

When Misbah-ul-Haq (35) departed - caught behind off McLaren - the Pakistanis were all but out of the contest at 135-5, despite only being in the 29th over of their chase.

From there, it was all too easy for South Africa - with Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi (34 off 16) the only batsman to offer resistance as Kleinveldt cleaned up the tail.

South Africa will take a 1-0 lead to the second ODI at Centurion on Friday.

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First Posted 11 March, 2013 9:35AM AEST

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