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South Africa Crush Zimbabwe For Clean Sweep

Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock blasted 84 as South Africa raced to a 3-0 series win
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South Africa 171-3 (de Kock 84) beat
Zimbabwe 165 (Chigumbura 90) by seven wickets
Third One-Day International, Bulawayo

Even with Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers rested, and two debutants in Rilee Rossouw and Mthokozisi Shezi, South Africa thrashed Zimbabwe by seven wickets in the third and final One-Day International in Bulawayo.

Marchant de Lange also made his long-awaited return to international cricket as South Africa dominated the final game of their tour to take a 3-0 series win.

De Lange took three for 31 and left-arm pacer Shezi one for eight as South Africa dismissed Zimbabwe for 165 to set themselves a modest target.

But for Elton Chigumbura, whose 90 in 122 balls represented 54 per cent of Zimbabwe's total, the hosts would have been completely embarrassed.

Nevertheless, they were still soundly beaten with Quinton de Kock hitting 84 in 75 balls as South Africa romped to victory in just 27.2 overs.

Kyle Abbott struck early to remove Hamilton Masakadza for four and Zimbabwe lost wickets regularly until Chigumbura was the last man to fall in the 40th over.

Sikandar Raza made 30 in 24 balls, adding 51 with Chigumbura for the second wicket, while Tafadzwa Kamungozi hung around for long enough to make one in four balls and allow Chigumbura to advance the score from 119 for nine to 165 all out, but otherwise, partnerships were almost non-existent.

Sean Williams (17) was the only other player to reach double figures as de Lange, Shezi, Abbott (2-21), Ryan McLaren (1-53), Wayne Parnell (2-33) and Aaron Phangiso (1-33) shared out the wickets.

In reply, Rossouw became the 24th man in ODI history to mark his debut by being run out without scoring as he took off for a single that was never there.

No such worries for de Kock, who cracked seven fours and two sixes during his innings and thanks to support from stand-in captain Faf du Plessis (40) and JP Duminy (28 not out), South Africa wrre almost home when he fell, caught by Williams off Tinashe Panyangara.

David Miller struck an unbeaten 13 in 11 balls as the Proteas finished things off in a hurry.

Prior to winning all three ODIs - by 93 runs, 61 runs and seven wickets - South Africa had won the Test match that began the tour by nine wickets in Harare.

Australia now arrive in Zimbabwe for an ODI tri-series that begins on 25th August.

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