Proteas Seal Series Victory In Bulawayo

Wayne Parnell contributed with the ball and bat as South Africa defeated Zimbabwe by 61 runs in the second One Day International at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Tuesday to claim the series.  The hosts won the toss and put the South Africans in to bat.  Their openers Hashim Amla and Quinton De Kock got off to a slow start taking their side to 45/0 before Amla was clean bowled by John Nyumbu (2-44).

Faf Du Plessis and De Kock added a further twelve runs before the wicket keeper departed followed by the South African skipper AB De Villiers, who took a run after he thought the ball had gone to a fielder but instead it made it’s way to the keeper and he was run out for one.  JP Duminy and Du Plessis took their side to 129/3 putting on a 69 run partnership before Duminy was dismissed by Prosper Utseya (2-39) leaving the visitors on 129/4.

In came David Miller and with Du Plessis they began to rebuild their side’s innings taking the Proteas to 163/4 with Du Plessis (55) bringing up a half century before he chipped one from Utseya straight to midwicket.  Ryan McLaren joined Miller at the crease and took their score to 203/5 before Miller (45) was adjudged LBW off the bowling of Brian Vitori (2-57) leaving their side on 204/6.  Wayne Parnell and McLaren added seven runs before the latter departed for four with South Africa on 211/7.

Parnell and the new man Kyle Abbott put on a 41 run partnership to get them to 248/7 before Parnell was caught at long off by Sean Williams (2-37).  Abbott was joined by Aaron Phangiso and took their side to 255/8 before he departed after a decent cameo scoring 23.  The final wicket was Phangiso who was caught on the boundary by Nyumbu as the Proteas were bowled out inside their 50 overs for 257.  In reply the Zimbabwean openers Hamilton Masakadza and Richmond Mutumbami put on a 20 run stand before Mutumbami was trapped LBW by Phangiso and Masakadza bowled by Parnell (3-28) to leave them on 21/2.

Brendan Taylor and Sikander Raza were the new batsman at the crease.  They managed to add a further five runs to the total before Raza was dismissed by McLaren (3-21).  Sean Williams joined Taylor and together they took the home side to 44/3 before Taylor was caught at long-off.

Skipper Elton Chigumbura only managed seven runs before he was caught at mid-on by Duminy with his side on 59/5.  Luke Jongwe (6) joined Williams at the crease but was only able to contribute six runs before he was caught at slip by Amla leaving the Zimbabweans on 88/6 requiring 170 runs.  Utseya joined Williams who brought up his 17th ODI half century taking their score to 114/6 before the centurion was undone by McLaren caught at mid-off by Parnell.

The man in at number eight was Neville Madziva and with Utseya (15) took their side to 134/7 before the latter was trapped LBW by Parnell leaving their side on 134/8 needing 124 runs to win.  Madziva (25) was the next wicket to fall as he was cleaned bowled by Imran Tahir (2-26) as Zimbabwe found themselves on 173/9.  In came Vitori who played a cameo scoring an unbeaten 20 runs with two sixes and two fours.

Nyumbu (18) was the final man to go as they finished all out for 196.  South Africa won the match by 61 runs and sealed the series 2-0 with one more ODI to go.  The man of the match went to Wayne Parnell for his bowling and batting performance scoring 24 runs down the order and finishing with figures of 3-28.