Prosper Utseya Hat-Trick In Vain For Zimbabwe
South Africa 231 (Utseya 5-36) beat
Zimbabwe 170 (McLaren 3-24) by 61 runs
One-Day International tri-series, Harare
Prosper Utseya took a hat-trick but ended up on the losing side as South Africa beat Zimbabwe by 61 runs in game three of the One-Day International tri-series in Harare.
John Nyumbu took three and Tendai Chatara two as South Africa were bowled out for 231, with Utseya's hat-trick coming in the 27th over when de Kock, Rilee Rossouw and David Miller were dismissed.
However, despite the fine performance of their bowlers, Zimbabwe couldn't register a first win of the competition.
Zimbabwe were bowled out for 170 in 38.3 overs, handing South Africa a bonus point as they extended their lead at the top of the table.
South Africa, missing Morne Morkel with a shoulder injury and AB de Villiers with a viral infection, made excellent headway early on with Amla hitting 66 in 80 balls and de Kock 76 in as many deliveries.
Then Utseya turned things around, first having Amla stumped and then removing de Kock, caught at point by Chatara, Rossouw, caught at slip by Nyumbu and Miller, trapped in front, in consecutive deliveries.
He went on to also remove JP Duminy leg before for two as South Africa went from 142 without loss to 155 for five in less than five overs.
Nyumbu then bowled McLaren (6) and Steyn (10) and it was only thanks to Faf du Plessis's 15, Phangiso's 13 and Tahir's unbeaten 23 that the Proteas got some sort of defendable score on the board.
Utseya finished with figures of five for 36, Nyumbu three for 42 and Chatara two for 28.
The Zimbabwean reply got off to a terrible start when Mawoyo was the victim of a poor call by Sikandar Raza and run out by Miller.
Then Raza (35) and Hamilton Masakadza (25) added 42 for the second wicket but a double strike from Phangiso to remove Masakadza and Brendan Taylor (0), both bowled, pegged them back.
Raza was next to go when he was caught by Miller off Tahir and when Malcolm Waller pulled Steyn to Rossouw in the deep for 20, Zimbabwe were in troubel at 116 for five.
They fought hard to get back into the game but Sean Williams' 46 and Elton Chigumbura's 22 was the best they could muster before McLaren and Steyn mopped up the tail by removing Utseya for five, Nyumbu for a golden duck and Brian Vitori for three.
Australia meet hosts Zimbabwe in the fourth game of the competition on Sunday (31st August).
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