The South African cricket team warmed up for the Zimbabwe-South Africa-Australia triangular series in style after whitewashing the hapless Zimbabwe team in the three match ODI series. After winning the first two matches convincingly, South Africa made a small work in the third ODI as the proteas humbled the visitors by 7 wickets with more than 22 overs to spare.
Quinton de Kock led from the front as the proteas chased down the 166 set by Zimbabwe with ease. Chasing 166. South Africa lost their debutant opener Rillee Rossouw got off to a worst possible start to his career as he ran himself out in his very first ball. Stand-in captain Faf du Plessis and de Kock scored a quick-fire 74 before du Plessis was dismissed for 33 ball 40.
De Kock, who scored his second fifty to go with 5 hundreds, in the company of JP Duminy guided the visitors home and remained not-out on 23.
Earlier in the day, Marchant de Lange led South Africa as the bowlers bundled out their African rivals for a below par 165 in 39.5 overs. De Lange finished with figures of 3-31 and got the support from Kyle Abbott and Wayne Parnell who took two wickets apiece. None of the Zimbabwe batsmen with the exception of Elton Chigumbura showed resistance. Chigumbura batted brilliantly and scored a fighting 90 runs off 122 balls and took Zimbabwe to the hundred run mark. His knock included ten fours and 2 sixes. He shared a crucial 51 run partnership with Sikander Raza who scored 30 off 24 balls.
Quinton de Kock was awarded the man of the match and also walked away with the player of the series. The triangular series begins on August 27 with the Aussies take on the Proteas at Harare.
Brief Scores: Zibabwe: 165 in 39.2 overs (Chigumbura 90, de Lange 3-31, Abott 2-) lost to South Africa 171/3 after 22.5 overs (de Kock 84) by 7 wickets
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