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Hashim Amla scored 66 from 80 balls, including five boundaries and a six. He helped build a solid 142-run partnership with Quinton de Kock © AFP

South Africa defeated Zimbabwe by 61 runs in the 3rd One-Day International (ODI) of the triangular series at Harare. Despite the margin of victory, Zimbabwe did put up a really good fight. Prosper Utseya (who was adjudged the man-of-the-match) took a sensational hat-trick to dismiss Quinton De Kock, Rilee Rossouw and David Miller.

However, his efforts were in vain as none of the Zimbabwean batsmen managed to make a big score. Sikandar Raza, Hamilton Masakadza and Sean Williams got off to good starts, but lost their wicket at crucial moments. Had they stayed calm, and kept the scoreboard ticking, Zimbabwe would have been able to cause a huge upset. The loss extended Zimbabwe’s losing streak to seven games.

For South Africa, de Kock and Hashim Amla made valuable half-centuries. Imran Tahir and Aaron Phangiso too combined well at the end, to give the South Africa total an air of respectability. Ryan McLaren and Dale Steyn were the star performers with the ball, and both bowlers took three-wickets each.