SA in MTN ODI series win over Zim
Boucher’s one hundred runs were crafted in 57 minutes from 44 balls, five of them fours and eight sixes. He finished the match unbeaten on 147 runs.
For the first time during the tour, South Africa stand-in captain Jacques Kallis won the toss. He chose to bat. The Proteas’ innings started on a high note, with Loots Bosman and Alviro Petersen making a record South Africa stand for the first wicket of 160 runs, before Bosman was stumped by Zimbabwe wicket-keeper Brendan Taylor from the bowling of Tafadzwa Kamungozi for 88 runs.
The Zimbabwean leg-spinner, four months into his 19th year, picked up two wickets for 70 runs in 10 overs in his ODI debut. Zimbabwe captain Prosper Utseya claimed 2-77 in nine overs, while Edward Rainsford picked up 1-60 in 10 overs.
The Zimbabwe chase also started off at a brisk pace. Although opener Vusumuzi Sibanda was caught by Charl Langeveldt off Andre Nel for just one run, fellow opener Terrence Duffin stayed on to post a career-best 88 runs. It was his third ODI
half-century. In his 195-minute innings, Duffin built a partnership of 94 runs with Chamunorwa Chibhabha and then bettered this with a 103-run stand for the third wicket with Hamilton Masakadza. The latter made his fifth ODI half-century, reaching that mark from 51 balls, five of them fours.
But the total of 418 runs, South Africa’s second highest total ever after the 438 for nine against Australia in Johannesburg last season and the fourth highest in international cricket, was always going to be a tough act to follow. Roger Telemachus bagged two wickets for 33 runs in eight overs for South Africa, and Andre Nel two for 41 in eight.
South Africa won the first MTN ODI by five wickets in Bloemfontein and the second by six wickets in East London last Monday.
The two southern African countries were using the tour to fine-tune their preparations for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy in India next month.
“We always want to get maximum benefits from our tours. This one was moreso as our players were facing the second best ODI side in the world. We have a young talented squad and we are committed that they get as much exposure as possible to give them the experience necessary to stand their own,” said ZC chairman Peter Chingoka.