South Africa take Zimbabwe series
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AP):
South Africa claimed the one-day international series against Zimbabwe yesterday after a 61-run victory in the second game, which gave the tourists an unassailable 2-0 lead.
South Africa made 257 after being put in at Queens Sports Club and Zimbabwe's batting line-up crumbled in pursuit of only an average score on a tame pitch to be bowled out for 196 in the last over.
Zimbabwe were 88-6 at one point before a minor flurry of runs down the order. Sean Williams provided the only prolonged resistance with his 55.
Seamers Ryan McLaren took 3-21 and Wayne Parnell 3-38 for South Africa, which clinched the series with a game to spare and without front-line fast bowlers Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel.
Zimbabwe limited the visitors to 211-7 after winning the toss and applying pressure through its three-man spin attack. A late partnership of 41 between tailenders Wayne Parnell and Kyle Abbott took South Africa past 250, a below-par score on the batting-friendly surface but more than enough runs in the end.
Faf du Plessis made 55 for his second straight half-century of the series, while Quinton de Kock (38), JP Duminy (36) and David Miller (45) all contributed. De Kock became the joint-fastest batsman to reach 1,000 ODI runs, equalling the 21 innings it took the West Indies' Viv Richards and England's Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott to reach the mark.
Zimbabwe spinners Williams, Prosper Utseya and John Nyumbu all took two wickets each.