Singapore: South Africa registered a facile 93-run victory over Pakistanto lift the Super Challenge triangular series trophy at the Kallang Stadium on Sunday. Pakistan faced a tough revised target of 215 runs off 35 overs in the rain-shortened match. South Africa had scored 197 for seven off 35 overs.The Pakistan batsman appeared to be in a big hurry and never got any partnership worth the salt going. The Pakistan batsmen paid the penalty for playing their strokes early as there was a regular procession to the pavilion. Pakistan were all out for 121 runs.Only Ijaz Ahmed made 31 from 40 balls, while Salim Elahi scored 26 off36 balls. The highest partnership for Pakistan was between Ijaz andSaeed Anwar for the fourth wicket of 34 runs.Telemachus, Shaun Pollock and Lance Klusener returned with two wicketseach.
While the Pakistan fielding looked sharp with the induction ofyoungsters into the team, the South Africans were sharper especiallywhen it came to taking catches.Earlier, a third wicket partnership of 97 runs between Nicky Boje andGary Kirsten helped South Africa set Pakistan a tough challenge. GaryKirsten top scored with 62 off 77 balls, while Nicky Boje slammed aquick-fire 54 off 48 balls to put the South Africans on rail after theylost two early wickets.South African captain Shaun Pollock won the toss and elected to bat. TheSouth Africans at the outset showed aggressive intentions and lost twoquick wickets in the process.Andrew Hall and Jacques Kallis went for their shots early in the inningsand paid the price for mistiming.
Hall's intended drive off left-armmedium pacer Kabir Khan landed into the safe hands of Ijaz Ahmed atextra cover.Kallis and Kirsten added a quick 27 runs with the left-handed openerdoing the bulk of the scoring. Kallis tried to drive Kabir Khan and onlysucceeded in inside edging the ball on to his stumps.The South Africans had reached 70 for two off 15 overs when the matchwas interrupted due to rain and bad light. Nicky Boje promoted up theorder did the bulk of the scoring to keep the scoreboard ticking at asteady pace.The match was reduced to 35 overs on resumption and South Africa wereaided by some sensible batting from Daryll Cullinan, who remainedunbeaten on 31.
Boeta Dippenaar appeared to be on a rampage when he slammed Razzaq for successive fours, but fell to a superb catch by Younis Khan in the deep.Nicky Boje was adjudged the man-of the-match. Gary Kirsten, whoscored 191 runs, including three half centuries won the man-of-the-series award.