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[HD video below] Colin Ingram played a captain’s knock with the
bat and then came back and proved he is no mean bowler too, as he
led South Africa to a sweet Cup victory over Pakistan at the Karp
Group Hong Kong Sixes on Sunday.
Ingram smacked an unbeaten 34 and then
grabbed three wickets in a superb all-round performance as South
Africa romped to a 37-run win to deny Pakistan a record sixth Cup
title at the Hong Kong Sixes. It was South Africa’s fourth Cup
“It has been an awesome event. The guys really
enjoyed themselves and each other’s company and we just stuck to
what we had done all week, which was to bowl tightly and field
well. And our batting clicked as well,” said Ingram after lifting
the winner’s purse of US$40,000.
Pakistan won the toss and put their adversaries
into bat. With the Akmal brothers, skipper Kamran and Umar, firing
all weekend, the defending champions believed their strength lay
in their ability to run down any score.
But it was a daunting task that South Africa set
them, posting 142 thanks to the top four – openers David Miller
and Robert Frylinck, and then Dillon Du Preez and Ingram – firing
on all cylinders.
Pakistan’s first three bowlers, Hammad Azam,
Umar Akmal and Yasir Shah, all proved expensive. Azam was smacked
for 29 runs while Akmal and Shah gave away 39 runs each as the
South African batsmen feasted on the bowling, hitting 16 sixes
Left-arm seamer Junaid Khan and Awais Zia gave
Pakistan a semblance of a chance by bowling two tight final overs
as South Africa finished on 142.
“It was a tough target but we still believed we
could score the runs,” said dejected captain, Kamran Akmal. “We
pulled it back a bit in the last two bowling overs and I felt we
still had a good chance of chasing it down.”
The Akmal brothers began the run-chase superbly
as Pakistan reached 53 for no loss with both the openers retiring
having passed the obligatory 31-run mark. It was then that Ingram
made his presence felt for the second time in the match, grabbing
three wickets – Zia, Azam and Shah all caught going for big hits.
Kamran Akmal returned to the crease with two
overs to go and Pakistan needing a further 59 runs. Junaid Khan
then ran himself out to allow Umar Akmal to join his elder sibling
but the dream chase never materialized.
Kamran added another 19 runs but on 51, was
caught by Lyall Meyer off the bowling of Frylinck, top-edging an
ambitious shot. Umar didn’t last longer, being snapped up at
long-off by Ingram off the first ball of the last over bowled by
Frylinck. Pakistan’s decision to chase had backfired.
"I had wobbly knees for the ball seemed to take
ages to come down, but thankfully it was a clean catch," Ingram
There was some consolation for Umar Akmal as he
was named Player of the Tournament later, an award given for his
consistent batting. But when it most mattered, he couldn’t quite
“We did not mind when they put us into bat for
our main strength all week has been our bowling, and chasing means
added pressure on you too,” said a joyous Ingram.
South Africa upped their game on Sunday, winning
all three of the Cup competition round-robin fixtures defeating
Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and Pakistan to enter the final.
Pakistan booked their berth with victories over
a misfiring Sri Lanka, who lost all their three games, and Hong
Kong, but hopes of giving their raucous fans in the stands a
reason to celebrate were dashed by South Africa.
The Plate final was a surprise match-up after
the Netherlands defeated England in the semi-final by 14 runs to
book their berth against Australia in the consolation finale.
Five-time Cup champions England, led by Joshua
Cobb, had been knocked out of Cup contention on the opening day by
hosts Hong Kong in a must-win pool game to be relegated to the
The hangover from that defeat lingered as the
Dutch batting first set a challenging total of 101 which England’s
band of County professionals failed to chase down despite an
unbeaten 33 from Cobb.
In the other semi-final, Australia knocked out
India, whose disappointing run was ended by a clinical display by
The Dutch, one of the leading associate member
countries, couldn’t quite repeat their heroics as they could only
muster 78 against Australia who reached the total without losing a
Before the Sixes had even started, ASIA Travel
Tips had a chat with Colin Ingram, Captain of South Africa, to ask
him about the team's prospects. Here's what he had to say:
More HD videos of plenty of the action, high res pictures, and more
will be uploaded very soon.