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South Africa’s bowling attack worked as a cohesive unit to restrict Zimbabwe to a disappointing score and allow the Proteas’ batsmen to chase it down with six wickets in hand in the second Twenty20 International in Potchefstroom.
Opting to bat first, Zimbabwe made a dismal start to their innings as opener Solomon Mire was clean bowled by Dane Paterson for one run.
Captain Hamilton Masakadza struck a 16-ball 21 before he was cleaned up by Robbie Frylinck.
Tarisai Musakanda was the next to go, while wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor scored 29 before he his stumps were rattled by Tabraiz Shamsi.
Sean Williams was Zimbabwe’s most successful batsman as he hammered a 28-ball 41, which included two boundaries and three sixes, before he was clean bowled by Paterson.
With Elton Chigumbura and Peter Moor falling shortly after, Zimbabwe limped their way to 132/7 off their 20 overs.
Paterson, Frylinck and Lungi Ngidi picked up two wickets apiece, while Shamsi chipped in with one.
Chasing 133 to win, South Africa lost Rassie van der Dussen early on as he was caught and bowled by Chris Mpofu for 13.
Quinton de Kock, who opened the batting with Van der Dussen, managed to make 26 before he was cleaned up by Brandon Mavuta.
South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis was on his way back to the pavilion shortly after, but JP Duminy and Heinrich Klaasen steadied things with a 44-run partnership before Klaasen was caught by Mavuta at deep midwicket off the bowling of Williams for 22.
Duminy and David Miller mopped up the remaining runs as South Africa reached their target with 26 balls to spare.
Duminy finished on 33 off 26 balls, which included three boundaries and a six, while Miller remained undefeated on 19, which came off 13 deliveries and included four boundaries.
Williams was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Mavuta and Mpofu claimed one wicket each.
Paterson was named Man of the Match.