Proteas seal ODI series

BULAWAYO - South Africa beat Zimbabwe by 61 runs in here yesterday to take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

The tourists got off to another flying start and thoughts of 300 plus were undoubtedly on the cards.

But John Nyumbu once again spun his magic, accounting for both Hashim Amla, who he bowled for 15, as well as having Quinton de Kock snapped up at cover by Elton Chigumbura for 38.

Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers would have had their sights set on continuing with the momentum, but a shocking mix up saw the Proteas one day skipper run out for just one to leave the tourists tottering at 60-3.

JP Duminy and du Plessis then went about rebuilding the innings in a most impressive manner, as both batters dropped the ball into gaps, and rotated the strike without looking flustered.

Prosper Utseya then produced a corker of a ball which bowled Duminy around his legs for 36.

The inform du Plessis reached his ninth ODI half century, and his second in the series, before a laps of concentration saw him chip Utseya straight to Elton Chigumbura at mid wicket for a patient 55.

David Miller, however, had different ideas as he tried to rest back the initiative with some typically Miller-like shots.

The powerfully built left-hander struck four boundaries and two sixes in an momentum changing knock of 45 off 48 balls, before being unluckily given out lbw by Owen Chirombe off the bowling of Brian Vitori.

Replays clearly show that the ball would have gone to miss the leg stump.

Vitori was in the act in his next over when the dangerous Ryan McLaren mistimed a cover drive and instead found Chigumbura at cover point.

Zimbabwe would have been hopeful of wrapping the innings up without too many more runs being added, but Wayne Parnell with a useful 24 and Kyle Abbott 23 insured that South Africa passed 250 before falling to big hits.

Young Neville Madziva will have something to smile about despite the heavy loss as he claimed his first international wicket, when Sean Williams took a comfortable catch at long off to dismiss Parnell.

Williams then got the wickets of Abbott and Aaron Phangiso with successive deliveries, dismissing the Proteas for 257 in 49-4 overs.

Utseya was once again the pick of the bowlers, with figures of 2-39 from his allocation of 10 overs, while Williams gave him excellent support, taking 2-37 from 9-4 overs of left arm spin.

Brian Vitori and John Nyumbu also chipped in with two wickets a peace.

Richmond Mutumbani once again opened the batting, this time however, he was partnered by Hamilton Masakadza.

The openers added 21 for the first wicket before Mutumbani was trapped plumb in front by left arm spinner Phangiso for 12 which included a delightful pull for six off Parnell.

Parnell, however, redeemed himself when he had Masakadza playing the ball onto his stumps for seven with the total still on 21.

From there on in, it was a sad procession as Sikandar Raza Butt, Brendan Taylor and Elton Chigumbura came and went cheaply.

Williams was the only player who stood tall in the wreckage as he emulated du Plessis by scoring back to back 50s before becoming McLaren's third wicket when he tried to clear Parnell, who was up in the circle at mid off for 55 off 84 balls with three fours and two sixes.

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