Zimbabwe vs South Africa 2nd ODI: All-round South Africa take unassailable 2-0 lead

Parnell was named Man of the Match for excelling with both the bat and ball

Parnell was named Man of the Match for excelling with both the bat and ball

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South Africa produced a spectacular all-round performance to beat Zimbabwe by 61 runs in the second ODI in Bulawayo and take an unassailable 2-0 lead.

Faf du Plessis starred with the bat for South Africa as he scored a fluent 55, while the pace duo of Wayne Parnell and Ryan McLaren excelled with the ball as they took three wickets each.

However, Zimbabwe batsman Sean Williams should be given some credit for his valiant knock of 55.

Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura would have been brooding over his decision to bowl first early on after South Africa’s opening pair of Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock amassed a 47-run partnership before Amla was clean bowled by John Nyumbu for 15.

De Kock went on to score 38 runs before he was caught by Chigumbura off the bowling of Nyumbu.

South Africa skipper AB de Villiers failed to help his team out as he was run out by Richmond Mutumbami for one run.

Du Plessis and Jean Paul (JP) Duminy stabilised the innings with a 69-run partnership before Duminy was cleaned up by Prosper Utseya for 36.

Du Plessis ended up making 55 off 72 balls, which included three boundaries, before he was caught by Chigumbura at midwicket off the bowling of Utseya.

Du Plessis struck three boundaries during his knock of 55

Du Plessis struck three boundaries during his knock of 55

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David Miller made a quickfire 45 before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Brian Vitori.

McLaren only made four runs before he was caught by Chigumbura in the cover region off the bowling of Vitori.

Parnell mustered 24 runs before he was caught by Williams at long-off off the bowling of Neville Madziva.

Kyle Abbott accumulated 23 runs before he was caught by Sikandar Raza at long-on off the bowling of Williams.

South Africa were bowled out for 257 the very next delivery when Aaron Phangiso was caught by Nyumbu at deep midwicket.

Vitori, Utseya, Nyumbu and Williams picked up two wickets apiece, while Madziva chipped in with one.

Chasing 258 to win, Zimbabwe got off to a horrible start when Mutumbami was given out lbw off the bowling of Phangiso for 12 runs.

Hamilton Masakadza only made seven runs before he was clean bowled by Parnell.

Raza failed to trouble the scorers as he had his stumps shattered by McLaren.

Brendan Taylor scored 14 runs before he was caught by Miller at long-on off the bowling of Duminy.

Chigumbura failed to save his side as he was caught by Duminy at mid-on off the bowling of Parnell for just seven runs.

Luke Jongwe made six runs before he was caught by Amla at slip off the bowling of McLaren.

Williams was the top-scorer for Zimbabwe as he scored 55 runs off 84 balls, which included three boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Parnell at mid-off off the bowling of McLaren.

Williams made a gutsy 55

Williams made a gutsy 55

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Utseya managed to make 15 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Parnell.

Madziva amassed 26 runs before he was cleaned up by Imran Tahir.

Zimbabwe were bowled out for 196 when Nyumbu was caught behind off the bowling of Tahir for 18.

Parnell and McLaren snapped up three wickets apiece, while Tahir took two and Phangiso and Duminy claimed one wicket each.

McLaren dismissed Raza, Jongwe and Williams

McLaren dismissed Raza, Jongwe and Williams

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Chigumbura was disappointed to have lost the match, and said: “Very happy with the bowlers to restrict South Africa to 250, couldn’t ask for more, but disappointing that we couldn’t picked it up with the batting. Losing so many early wickets is criminal. The main thing was keeping wickets in hand. You can go at 10 per over in the last ten, but we lost too many early wickets and we couldn’t pull it back. The only guy who played well for us was Sean Williams but he didn’t have any support. Last chance now to make the departments play well. Hopefully we can do better than these last few games.”

De Villiers was ecstatic to have wrapped up the series, and said: “Just as happy, bit of an awkward game with some of the dismissals, specifically myself. Very happy with our recovery. Hash didn’t score many but the others did. We were very hungry in the field and that always helped. Very happy for Parny, with both bat and ball. Still haven’t figured out why I ran, I sort of thought I was in the middle of a double. Then I head Faf’s voice saying something like ‘oh my God, what’re you doing’. I felt 250-off was enough with our bowling attack, 280 was par so we didn’t bat well. The top order failed but still we got that total. There might be a few changes, Hash has played a lot of games, possibly give him a rest and see what Rilee Rossow is all about. [Maybe] Marchant de Lange with his pace, we still want to win but maybe a couple of changes here and there.”

Parnell was named Man of the Match, and said: “Every time you put on this jersey is special and to contribute for a win is massive. Fortunate to be in a position to bat and bowl and field as well. Facing spin was very very difficult, some balls turned really big and Zimbabwe bowled smartly as well. Credit to myself and Abbo there to get us past 250. Obviously haven’t played in a couple of months but nice to be back. Can practice all you want, but to play out there in the middle is how you get back.”

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