Chevrons white­washed by Proteas

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(Hen­dricks 66, Klaasen 59, Tiri­pano 2/35) beat

(Williams 69, Tay­lor 40, Tiri­pano 29, Steyn

3/29, Rabada 3/32) by four wick­ets ZIM­BABWE were last night pun­ished by South Africa for fail­ing to take ad­van­tage of a good bat­ting track at Boland Park with the Proteas win­ning the fi­nal One Day In­ter­na­tional cricket match by four wick­ets to com­plete a 3-0 series white­wash over their neigh­bours.

Chevrons coach Lalc­hand Ra­jput got his wish of win­ning the toss on a bat­ting par­adise when skip­per Hamil­ton Masakadza called cor­rectly at toss of coin time and chose to bat. Left han­der Sean Williams top scored with 69, fol­lowed by Bren­dan Tay­lor on 40 and there was a notable con­tri­bu­tion of 29 from Don­ald Tiri­pano down the or­der, the Chevrons bowled out for 228 in 49.3 overs, a score which proved not enough to de­fend.

Opener Reeza Hen­dricks top scored with 66, com­ple­mented by Hein­rich Klaasen’s 59, the South Africans los­ing six wick­ets on their way to a com­fort­able vic­tory un­der flood­lights, at­tained with 28 balls to spare. The Proteas achieved a clean sweep in the series, hav­ing won the first ODI by five wick­ets in Kim­berly and the sec­ond by 120 runs in Bloem­fontein.

Zim­babwe’s open­ing bat­ting pair of Masakadza and Solomon Mire once again failed to fire, with Craig Ervin, com­ing in at num­ber three also fall­ing for a duck. It was left to Williams and Tay­lor to re­pair the dam­age with the two se­nior bats­men putting on 73 for the fourth wicket, Zim­babwe’s best part­ner­ship in this series. Once Tay­lor and Williams went, the Chevrons were in dan­ger of not even get­ting past the 200-run mark.

Tiri­pano stood out with the bat and found some part­ner­ships down the or­der to make sure that Zim­babwe went past 200 and give South Africa some­thing de­cent to chase. Fast bowlers, Dale Steyn and Kag­iso Rabada were the ar­chi­tects of Zim­babwe’s demise with three wick­ets each.

Hen­dricks and Ai­den Markram laid the foun­da­tion for South Africa’s suc­cess­ful run chase with a 75-run first wicket stand. When Hen­dricks was given out leg be­fore wicket to Tiri­pano, Klaasen took up the task of tak­ing South Africa over the line. Klaasen struck his maiden ODI cen­tury, put on 66 for the fifth wicket with Khaya Zondo who was there when the Proteas fin­ished things off.

The Zim­bab­wean bowlers failed to ex­ert enough pres­sure on the South African bats­men with Tiri­pano pick­ing up two wick­ets while there was a scalp each for Bran­don Mavuta, Williams, Tendai Chatara and Kyle Jarvis.

— @Mdaw­ini_29

Kag­iso Rabada cel­e­brates Hamil­ton Masakadza’s wicket. Pic: ESPNCricInfo

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