Amla And Ingram Centuries Too Much For Zimbabwe

Amla And Ingram Centuries Too Much For Zimbabwe
Amla And Ingram Centuries Too Much For Zimbabwe
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South Africa 351-6 (Ingram 124, Amla 110, Miller 51) beat
Zimbabwe 287-6 (Taylor 145no, Theron 3-63) by 64 runs
First One-Day International, Bloemfontein

Colin Ingram became the sixth man to score a century on his One-Day International debut and Hashim Amla also made a three-figure score to set up South Africa's 64-run win over Zimbabwe in the opening match in Bloemfontein.

Ingram stroked 124, Amla 110 and David Miller 51 - his maiden half-century - as South Africa piled up 351 for six before Zimbabwe closed on 287 for six in reply.

Brendan Taylor carried his bat for a career-best unbeaten 145 but he was the only Zimbabwean to pass 30 as Juan Theron, also making his debut, took three wickets and South Africa were never seriously in danger of losing the match.

Having won the toss and chose to bat, South Africa, mainly due to Amla's fluent driving and aggression, raced away at the start and they barely slowed down, despite Shingarai Masakadza taking four wickets.

Ingram, batting at number three, faced 126 balls, hitting eight fours and two sixes while Amla needed just 96 balls to score his runs, hitting 14 boundaries.

The innings was given a final flourish by Miller's 51 in 32 balls, which included five fours and two sixes - both driven straight down the ground.

Masakadza was the only Zimbabwean to take a wicket, conceding 86 runs from his ten overs in the process and eight bowlers in all were used.

Zimbabwe then put up a decent fight with the bat, Taylor adding 70 with Hamilton Masakadza (30) before the innings bogged down with no other player able to score at the rate Taylor was.

He stood head and shoulders above his compatriots in making 145 in 136 balls with 12 fours as Theron marked his debut by removing Masakadaza, Grant Flower (13) and Elton Chigumbura (23).

Flower was making his comeback at the age of 39 while former captain Prosper Utseya was unbeaten on 22 when the match ended.

The second game in the three-match series is on 17th October in Potchefstroom.

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