Poor bat­ting costs Chevrons again

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Mehluli Sibanda in POTCHEF­STROOM, South Africa

ZIM­BABWE failed to put a good bat­ting track to bet­ter use when they lost the sec­ond Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional cricket en­counter by six wick­ets to South Africa at Sen­wes Park here last night.

The win by the Proteas saw them wrap up the three-match se­ries with one fix­ture left at Wil­low­moore Park in Benoni to­mor­row.

Sean Wil­liams top scored for Zim­babwe with 41, fol­lowed by Bren­dan Tay­lor on 29, the Chevrons, who won the toss, chose to bat com­piled 132-7 in 20 overs. Pace bowlers, Rob­bie Frylinck, Dan Pater­son and Lungi Ngidi did the dam­age with three wick­ets apiece. Pater­son was named man of the match.

Such a score was never go­ing to bother South Africa on what ap­peared like a bat­ting wicket, the Proteas cruis­ing to vic­tory with 26 balls to spare. Jean-Paul Du­miny struck an un­beaten 33 from 26 de­liv­er­ies to see the home team over the line.

Zim­babwe’s top or­der con­tin­ued to be their weak point, with the Chevrons find­ing them­selves at 35/3 in 6.2 overs. It was left to Wil­liams and Tay­lor to take Zim­babwe to re­spectable to­tal.

Christo­pher Mpofu had Rassie van der Dussen for the sec­ond time in the se­ries, the left han­der chip­ping one back to the bowler who took a low catch. Bran­don Mavuta claimed the scalp of the dan­ger­ous Quin­ton de Cock, the ex­plo­sive opener chop­ping one onto his own stumps to de­part for 26. Left arm spin­ner Wil­liams struck with his first de­liv­ery when he bowled, get­ting rid of South African cap­tain Faf du Plessis.

Wil­liams had his sec­ond, Hein­rich Klaasen taken in the deep by Mavuta, with that be­ing the last cheer for Zim­babwe on the night as Du­miny fin­ished the game with a bound­ary off Mpofu’s bowl­ing. Score: South Africa (Du­miny 33, De Cock 26, Wil­liams 2/25) Zim­babwe 132-7 (Wil­liams 41, Tay­lor 29, Frylinck 2/20, Pater­son 2/22, Ngidi 2/36) by six wick­ets

Zim’s top or­der con­tin­ued to be their weak point, with the Chevrons find­ing them­selves at 35/3 in 6.2 overs.

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