South Africa sweep Zimbabwe ODI series

Opener Quinton de Kock smashes 84 as Zimbabwe lose third and final ODI against the Proteas by seven wickets.

    De Kock's 91-ball 84 was instrumental in South Africa's easy win [AFP]
    De Kock's 91-ball 84 was instrumental in South Africa's easy win [AFP]

    Opener Quinton de Kock smashed 84 as a weakened South Africa crushed Zimbabwe by seven wickets to complete a whitewash in their three-match ODI series at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.

    After putting their hosts in to bat, South Africa skittled Zimbabwe for 165 inside 40 overs before chasing down their target to end at 171 for three with 136 balls to spare.

    The Proteas, who had already rested fast-bowling trio Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander for this series, left out their top two batsmen as well for the final match as Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers sat out.

    That meant debuts for opener Rilee Rossouw and seamer Mthokozisi Shezi, and a return to the side for fast-bowler Marchant de Lange.

    The latter was the pick of the bowlers with a return of three for 31 as his extreme pace had the Zimbabwe batsmen hopping around the crease.

    Only Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura offered any sort of resistance to the Proteas with 90 as he put on 46 for the 10th wicket with Tinashe Panyangara, before he was bowled by a slower ball from De Lange to deny him his century.

    In reply, de Kock perished late in the innings chasing his century with his 84 coming from 75 balls.

    The two teams will now be joined by Australia in a triangular tournament to be played in Harare that starts on Monday. 

    SOURCE: Reuters


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