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South Africa Clinch ODI Series With 61-Run Win

JP Duminy and Wayne Parnell celebrate a wicket
Wayne Parnell (right was named as the man of the match after taking three wickets and scoring 24 runs
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South Africa 257 (du Plessis 55) beat
Zimbabwe 196 (Williams 55) by 61 runs
Second One-Day International, Bulawayo

South Africa overcame a poor start to the second One-Day International against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo to win by 61 runs and move into an unassailable 2-0 series lead.

After losing the toss and being invited to bat, the Proteas slipped to 60 for three before 55 from Faf du Plessis and 45 from David Miller helped them recover.

They were eventually bowled out for 257 in 49.4 overs as Brian Vitori, Prosper Utseya, John Nyumbu and Sean Williams all took two wickets.

Zimbabwe's hopes of an upset victory quickly took a turn for the worse, however, when they collapsed to 59 for five.

That was despite AB de Villiers dropping a regulation chance at second slip off Kyle Abbott which allowed Richmond Mutumbami a life. The wicket-keeper, who had earlier run de Villiers out, failed to capitalise as he made just 12.

Although Williams matched du Plessis in scoring 55, his efforts merely added a touch of respectability to his side's score as they were bowled out for 196 in 49.1 overs.

Pacers Wayne Parnell and Ryan McLaren took three wickets apiece with the former being named as the man of the match having earlier hit 24 in 27 balls.

South Africa won the opening match by 93 runs and will now bidding to end the tour with a perfect record when they play the third ODI on Thursday (21st August).

They won the Test match between the two sides by nine wickets earlier this month.

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