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Duminy ton sets up comfortable win



JP Duminy’s maiden one-day-international (ODI) century laid the platform for South Africa to secure a comfortable 212-run victory over Zimbabwe in their MTN ODI at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Tuesday.

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Duminy scored 111 not out to take South Africa to a formidable 331 for five. In reply, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 119 in 34.3 overs as the Proteas completed a two-nil series win.

The left-handed Duminy’s sparkling innings came off a mere 87 deliveries with his knock including nine fours and two sixes.

Duminy’s ton eclipsed his previous best ODI score of 90 which he struck against Kenya in 2008.

The 25-year-old batsman played some audacious shots during his chanceless innings, not least of which were the numerous reverse-sweeps he played with contemptuous ease.

Duminy showed his intent from the moment he came to the wicket and he brought up his half-century off 49 balls.

After being put into bat by Zimbabwe on a pitch that offered decent bounce and carry, the Proteas made an excellent start to their innings as Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis put on 108 runs for the first wicket.

Smith, who was dropped with his score on just four, made his way to 53 off 46 deliveries, with his knock including seven fours and a six, before he was stumped attempting a sweep shot off the bowling of off-spinner Prosper Utseya.

Kallis, playing in his new role as opening batsman, looked to be on his way to three figures after reaching his 74th ODI half-century off 62 deliveries.

The 34-year-old batsman scored 81 off 105 balls before he tried to smash a delivery from Utseya out of the ground only to send a thick outside edge to Elton Chigumbura at short third man.

Kallis had shared in a third-wicket stand of 78 with Duminy but if the visitors thought that Kallis’s dismissal would allow them back into the game they were to be disappointed.

Duminy and Mark Boucher provided their team’s innings with some late impetus as the pair plundered an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 58 runs off just 28 balls.

Boucher ended not out on a quick fire 31 off 19 deliveries as South Africa scored 91 runs off the last ten overs of their innings.

Left-arm spinner Raymond Price was the stand-out performer with the ball for Zimbabwe and he ended with figures of three for 55 off ten overs while Utseya claimed two for 53 off his ten overs.

Zimbabwe’s innings began poorly for the visitors as they slipped to eight for two before Tatenda Taibu and Stuart Matsikenyeri (13) put on 32 runs for the third-wicket. The partnership was the highest of Zimbabwe’s innings.

However, Albie Morkel tore through the visitors’ middle order as he claimed three wickets, including that of Matsikenyeri, in a spell of three for 20 in six overs.

Taibu played a lone hand and he followed up his unbeaten century in the first match of the series with 52 off 71 balls before he was caught by keeper Boucher off swing bowler Charl Langeveldt.

Zimbabwe lost their last eight wickets for just 79 runs as Langeveldt picked up three for 36 while left-arm spinner Roelof van der Merwe finished with figures of three for 27.

The Proteas next match is against England in a Pro20 international on Friday.

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South Africa - Graeme Smith (capt), Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Mark Boucher (wk), JP Duminy, Alviro Petersen, Albie Morkel, Ryan McLaren, Roelof van der Merwe, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Charl Langeveldt.

Zimbabwe - Prosper Utseya (capt), Charles Coventry, Brendan Taylor, Elton Chigumbura, Hamilton Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Tatenda Taibu (wk), Kyle Jarvis, Graeme Cremer, Raymond Price, Christopher Mpofu.

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