Singapore: South Africa reached a challenging 197 for seven off 35 overs in a rain-shortened final of the Singapore Challenge triangular series at the Kallang Stadium on Sunday.A third wicket partnership of 97 runs between Nicky Boje and Gary Kirsten was the highlight of the South African innings. Gary Kirsten top scored on 62 off 77 balls, while Nicky Boje slammed a quickfire 54 off 48 balls to put the South Africans on rail after they lost two early wickets.South African captain Shaun Pollock won the toss and elected to bat. The South African at the outset showed aggressive intentions and lost two quick wickets in the process.Andrew Hall and Jacques Kallis went for their shots early in the innings and paid the price for mistiming.
Hall's intended drive off left-arm medium pacer Kabir Khan landed into the safe hands of Ijaz Ahmed at extra cover.Kallis and Kirsten added a quick 27 runs with the left-handed opener doing the bulk of the scoring. Kallis tried to drive Kabir Khan and only succeeded in inside edging the ball on to his stumps.The South Africans had reached 70 for two off 15 overs when the match was interrupted due to rain and bad light. Nicky Boje promoted up the order did the bulk of the scoring to keep the scoreboard ticking at a steady pace.The match was reduced to 35 overs on resumption and South Africa were aided by some sensible batting from Daryll Cullinan, who remained unbeaten on 31.
Boeta Dippenaar appeared to on a rampage when he slammed Razzaq for successive fours, but fell to a superb catch by Younis Khan in the deep.Dippenaar tried to smash Waqar Younis down the leg side. Younis Khan ran in from deep mid wicket to take a superb catch.