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Aug 19, 2014
Zimbabwe and South Africa clash in the second One-Day International (ODI) at Bulawayo following the Proteas victory in the opening game at the same venue. The South African bowlers restricted the hosts in the first match and are expected to maintain their rhythm for the remaining games as well even though they are without the services of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander. Catch Live Scorecard here
Zimbabwe lost the first game by a big margin of 93 runs. Hashim Amla brought up his 15th ODI century as his unbeaten 132-ball 122 guided the visitors to a commanding total of 309 for the loss of three wickets. Amla, who captains the Test side, struck six boundaries and three sixes in his knock and also formed a 123-run partnership with Faf du Plessis who scored a 77-ball 59.
Zimbabwe were never in the chase as they started to lose wickets right from the start of their innings. A 100-run partnership between Hamilton Masakadza (61) and Sean Williams (51) brought a brief glimmer of hope during the chase, but soon vanished as Imran Tahir and Aaron Phangiso wiped the middle and lower orders with ease. Zimbabwe will have to put up a fight against the mighty Proteas if they are to stay alive in the series.
The two teams will participate in a trinagular tournament featuring Australia as the third team after the current ODI series gets over.
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