South Africa white washes series

Published: Monday, October 11, 2010, 12:46 [IST]
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JP Duminy crafts SA win

South African JP Duminy's swashbuckling innings in the second T20 International has taken South Africa to an comprehensive series white wash against counter part Zimbabwe.

The south paw scored a magnificent 96 of just 54 balls to register the highest t20 international score ever made by any South African.

Duminy along with Graeme Smith who scored 46 put up a huge total of 195 for the Zimbabweans to chase.

The partnership of 107 between Brendan Taylor(59) and Chamu Chibhabha(59) however did posed a threat for the South African side when they were going strong and looked like winning the match for Zimbabwe.

But the fall of their wickets did crashed all the hopes for the Zimbabwe team to win the T20 International, despite an late up surge by Elton
Chigumbura who managed to score a quick fire 26 of 15 balls the visitors lost the match by a whisker.

Earlier South Africa won the toss and decided to bat first and to their surprise the Zimbabwean bowling attack was opened by spinner Prosper Utseya. This strategy though seemed to work in the beginning when the spinner was able to get two quick South African wickets in form of Loots Bosman and Colin Ingram on the scores of 5 and 12 respectively.

But the former SA skipper Graeme Smith was in his elements as he kept playing his marvelous shots to score 46 runs.

At his fall, walked in JP Duminy and he along with David Miller put up a partnership of 71 runs for the fourth wicket. Miller fell after making 25 runs.

After that there was not much support for Duminy as Petersen and Heino Kuhn were dismissed for exactly identical scores of just 1 run.Although this did not haulted the on onslaught from Duminy who went on to his 50 from just 37 deliveries.

Duminy in his knock of 96 hit 10 boundaries and 4 sixes to have helped the South African reach 194 when the innings concluded.

The South African struck early through Tsotsobe who dismissed the opener Hamilton Masakadza for just 10 runs.

Although, there was stiff resistance from Taylor and Chibhabha who took the Zimbabwean total to 89 for the loss of one wicket at the end of the tenth over.

But after their fall, there was not much that the Zimbabweans could offer as they fell short by just 9 runs of the South African total to loose the match and eventually the series 2-0 margin.


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