Theunis de Bruyn century helps South Africa A to a 6 wicket win
A sizzling unbeaten century by Theunis de Bruyn helped South Africa 'A' make a strong start to their tour of Zimbabwe as they comfortably beat their hosts by six wickets in Harare on Saturday.
Zimbabwe A 319/9 (50 ov)
South Africa A 320/4 (42.5 ov)
South Africa A won by 6 wickets
Batting first, the tourists conceded a hefty 319 for nine at the Harare Sports Club, but they then delivered an authoritative response by charging to the target with 43 balls to spare.
De Bruyn was at the forefront of the chase – smashing six sixes and seven fours in an unbeaten 113 off just 64 deliveries – while Janneman Malan (82 off 76 balls, 11 fours, 2 sixes) and Reeza Hendricks (52 off 56 balls, 6 fours) also recorded half-centuries.
Together with 49 from captain Zubayr Hamza, they gave Malibongwe Maketa’s side a good start to the series, which is made up of four one-dayers and two four-day encounters, all in the capital.
The South Africans would not have been too happy with the way they bowled, though, as they were punished by Tadiwanashe Marumani (82 off 73 balls, 9 fours, 3 sixes) initially and then the excellent Dion Myers (96 off 91 balls, 5 fours, 4 sixes).
There were also handy contributions by Chamu Chibhabha (37) with Zimbabwe, at one stage 270 for three, looking set for an even bigger total.
But they were then pegged back as Dwaine Pretorius (3/39) and Lutho Sipamla (3/40) ended with three wickets apiece.
The visitors lost Ryan Rickelton (4) early in the chase, but Malan and Hendricks put on 115 for the second wicket, before both fell in quick succession.
Hamza and De Bruyn then took over, though, combining for a rapid 124-run stand that came in just 14 overs for the fourth wicket. After the skipper fell, Senuran Muthusamy (12*) joined De Bruyn to complete the job.
South Africa A One-Day Squad
Ryan Rickelton (Central Gauteng Lions), Janneman Malan (Boland), Reeza Hendricks (Central Gauteng Lions), Zubayr Hamza (Western Province), Tony de Zorzi (Western Province), Dwaine Pretorius (North West), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Sisanda Magala (Central Gauteng Lions), Junior Dala (Northerns), Lutho Sipamla (Central Gauteng Lions), Senuran Muthusamy (North West), Daryn Dupavillon (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Glenton Stuurman (Eastern Province), Theunis de Bruyn (Northerns), Wihan Lubbe (Eastern Province), Sinethemba Qeshile (Eastern Province).
South Africa A Four-Day Squad
Dominic Hendricks (Central Gauteng Lions), Eddie Moore (Eastern Province), Zubayr Hamza (Western Province), Raynard van Tonder (Free State), Theunis de Bruyn (Northerns), Senuran Muthusamy (North West), Sinethemba Qeshile (Eastern Province), Miguel Pretorius (Free State), Daryn Dupavillon (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Glenton Stuurman (Eastern Province), Lutho Sipamla (Central Gauteng Lions), Dayyaan Galiem (Northerns), Okuhle Cele (Northerns), Tony de Zorzi (Western Province), Ryan Rickelton (Central Gauteng Lions), Tshepo Ntuli (Central Gauteng Lions).
South Africa A Tour to Zimbabwe Schedule
29 May 2021 Zimbabwe ‘A’ lost to South Africa ‘A’ by 6 wickets
31 May 2021 2nd One-Day Match Harare
02 June 2021 3rd One-Day Match Harare
04 June 2021 4th One-Day Match Harare
07-10 June 2021 1st 4-Day Match Harare
13-16 June 2021 2nd 4-Day Match Harare