South Africa Thrash Zimbabwe By 272 Runs

South Africa Thrash Zimbabwe By 272 Runs
South Africa Thrash Zimbabwe By 272 Runs
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South Africa 399-6 (Duminy 129, de Villiers 109) beat
Zimbabwe 127 (Theron 3-18, Parnell 2-30) by 272 runs
Third One-Day International, Benoni

South Africa sealed a 3-0 One-Day International series win over Zimbabwe by completing a crushing 272-run win in the final match in Benoni.

JP Duminy and AB de Villiers slammed aggressive centuries as South Africa scored 399 for six and in reply, Zimbabwe were blown away; dismissed for just 127 as Juan Theron returned three for 18 and three bowlers grabbed two wickets apiece.

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 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.

Zimbabwe's already slim chances of victory were dealt a hammer blow when in-form opener Brendan Taylor was smartly caught on the boundary by Theron off Lonwabo Tsotsobe for for five.

Hamilton Masakadza, playing his 100th ODI, made the same score before he was caught by Theron off Morkel before Chamu Chibhabha's dismissal for 16 left the tourists on 30 for three.

Two wickets in an over for Botha, who had Taibu (28) and Ervine (24) both bowled and Theron's first wicket, that of Chigumbura, also bowled, left the match over as a contest with Zimbabwe struggling on 80 for six.

They could add only another 47 runs as Prosper Utseya battled to be unbeaten on 24 in 40 balls as South Africa swept aside the lower order.

Wayne Parnell had Keith Dabengwa (6) and Graeme Cremer (2) dismissed while Theron wrapped things up by bowling Shingirai Masakadza for 14 and having Nicolson caught by de Villiers for a duck.

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