De Villiers & Duminy Power South Africa To Huge Score

De Villiers & Duminy Power South Africa To Huge Score
De Villiers & Duminy Power South Africa To Huge Score
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South Africa 399-6 (Duminy 129, de Villiers 109) v Zimbabwe
Third One-Day International, Benoni

JP Duminy and AB de Villiers slammed aggressive centuries as South Africa scored 399 for six against Zimbabwe in the third and final One-Day International in Benoni.

Duminy registered a career-best 129 while de Villiers scored 109 and the pair put on 219 for the third wicket - a national record for any wicket - to steer South Africa, who lead the series 2-0, to their third-highest total in ODI cricket.

Winning the toss and choosing to bat, they were off to a flying start as a combination of ill-disciplined bowling from Zimbabwe and excellent strokeplay from Graeme Smith (26) and Hashim Amla (24) saw them put on 53 inside six overs before Smith charged down the track and was stumped off the bowling of Prosper Utseya.

Amla fell when he edged Shingirai Masakadza to Tatenda Taibu but Duminy and de Villiers then batted for more than 30 overs, putting the Zimbabwean bowlers to the sword.

Seamers Masakadza and Ian Nicolson leaked 95 runs in ten overs, and 71 in seven respectively as de Villiers, the first to reach his century, smacked five fours and five sixes in 99 balls while Duminy hit seven fours and four sixes in all.

Despite wickets falling late in the innings, only Johan Botha, who was unbeaten on nought from one ball, failed to score at a strike-rate of 100 percent or more.

Albie Morkel smashed 37 in 21 balls, David Miller was unbeaten on 33 in 19 deliveries and Colin Ingram needed just eight balls to reach 20 as Zimbabwe used nine bowlers - only Taibu and Craig Ervine were not called on to turn their arm over.

Nicolson, Elton Chigumbura and Hamilton Masakadza were the other wicket-takers.

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