Cricket: South Africa enjoys challenging victory in match against Zimbabwe

Cricket: South Africa enjoys challenging victory in match against Zimbabwe

Cricket: South Africa enjoys challenging victory in match against Zimbabwe

Written by Staff Writer

15 Feb, 2015 | 6:32 pm

Zimbabwe put up a brave fight against South Africa but in the end were bowled out for 277 in 48.2 overs, falling 63 runs short in a Pool B encounter of the ICC World Cup at the Seddon Park, Hamilton on Sunday.

Protease overcame a real challenge from Zimbabwe to mark a 62 run victory in their opening fixture on Sunday.

South Africa lost the toss and were put into bat in testing conditions.

South Africans had made an extremely slow start – scoring just 10 off the first four overs.

Hashim Amla (11) fell four overs later with Protease managing just 20 runs. Faf du Plessis (24) and captain AB de Villiers (25) partnered briefly with a 46-run stand for the third wicket.

David Miller (138 not out) and JP Duminy (115 not out) rescued the South African’s innings after they had been in trouble at 83 for four, as they put on a world record fifth-wicket stand of 256 to guide their side to a mammoth 339 for four.

After the 40th over, South Africa were 193 for four, going at a run-rate of 4.82 per over.

However, Miller and Duminy had something completely different in mind, as the duo started teeing off every ball and that bore some unexpected results.

Zimbabwe also showed that they would be a dangerous opponent for many sides with opener Chamu Chibhabha (64), Hamilton Masakadza (80) and Brendan Taylor (40) showing they were all highly competent international batsmen.

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir with figures of three for 36 was the pick of the South African bowlers, got good support from pacers Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel who took two wickets apiece.

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