Quinton de Kock scored a stylish 84 © Getty Images (File photo)
Quinton de Kock scored a stylish 84 © Getty Images (File photo)

Aug 21, 2014

South Africa cruised to a comfortable win against Zimbabwe in third One-Day International (ODI) at Bulawayo on Thursday. The hosts never looked in control, and barring Elton Chigumbura’s valiant 90, there was nothing to appreciate about them.

The hosts lost early wickets, but Sikandar Raza and Elton Chigumbura combined to help them recover. However, Raza was gone for 30, and Chigumbura could do nothing but watch the wickets fall from one end.

For South Africa, only Rilee Russouw had a bad day. The opener was run out for a duck on debut. Quinton de Kock shone once again and scored a stylish 84. Faf du Plessis too chipped in with a quickfire 40.

South Africa had rested key players like Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander in the series. Hashim Amla (who scored a century in the first ODI) and AB de Villiers were rested in this match. Despite their absence, South Africa played with intensity and did not show an inch of complacency. They will now look to prepare for the upcoming triangular series which also features Australia.

Brief scores:

Zimbabwe 165 in 39.5 overs (Sikandar Raza 30, Elton Chigumbura 90; Marchant de Lange 3 for 31) lost to South Africa 171 for three in 27.2 overs (Quinton de Kock 84, Faf du Plessis 40; Sean Williams 1 for 1) by seven wickets.

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