Imran Tahir took 6/24 including his first ODI hat-trick to help South Africa trounce Zimbabwe by 120 runs on Wednesday. Chasing 199, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 78 as they lost 6/20 in six overs to hand the ODI series to the Proteas. Dale Steyn was adjudged the Man of the Match courtesy of his maiden ODI fifty (60) and two wickets. Earlier, South Africa won the first ODI against Zimbabwe by 5 wickets.
South Africa vs Zimbabwe 2nd ODI: Highlights
ALL OVER! Zimbabwe are bowled out for 78. Imran Tahir returns with figures of 6/24. BBF by a South African against Zimbabwe South Africa win by 120 runs
Hat-Trick for Imran Tahrir. Williams, Moor & Mavuta are his victims. Two wickets in the first two deliveries of this over, which were preceded by the stumping of Williams. Tahir gets his first ODI hat-trick! Fourth SA bowler. Zimbabwe are falling apart, 59/8 in 19.2 ovs
STUMPED! Sean Williams is gone for 9. Tahir picks up another. Great work from Klaasen behind the stumps. Zimbabwe are now 58/5 after 18 overs. Target 199
Two in quick succession. Imran Tahir comes into the attack and strikes immediately to get of Taylor for 10. Taylor fails to read the googly and is struck plumb in front. Next to go is Masakadza who is out for 27. Ngidi picks up the wicket. ZIM- 43/4
A brilliant dive from Phehlukwayo, as Steyn picks up his second wicket of the match. Craig Ervine is caught and gone for three of 24 balls. First bowling change in Bloemfontein and Phehlukwayo has come into the attack, replacing Lungi Ngidi. Zim- 26/2
Dale Steyn spitting fire
Dale Steyn is on fire! He is consistently bowling at more than 142 kmph and troubling the batsmen with each delivery. Quite a few of them are rising sharply off the pitch. Craig Ervine is getting hit repeatedly on the body and has no clue how to defend. Steyn's figures- 4 ovs 15 runs and 1 wicket so far.
Solomon Mire and Hamilton Masakadza are at the crease. A couple of quiet overs and Steyn strikes! LBW! Solomon Mire is out for 2. South Africa have the early breakthrough. ZIM- 10/1
Dale Steyn returns to the side with his maiden ODI fifty to salvage the innings and pull the Proteas to 198 all out - their second lowest ODI total against Zimbabwe. Will they be able to defend it to claim the series?
FIFTY for Dale Steyn
FIFTY! A great moment for Dale Steyn as he records his maiden ODI half-ton for South Africa. A crucial knock and he gets there with a six. SA- 193/9, 46 ovs
South Africa 177/8 after 41 overs
Andile Phehlukwayo was dismissed and that ended an extraordinary 75-run partnership for the eighth wicket between him and Steyn. Steyn remains unbeaten on 43 though.
South Africa 137/7 off 35 overs
Steyn and Phehlukwayo have incredibly put up 58 runs of the 8th wicket. The two part-timers may have saved this match for South Africa.
South Africa 101/7 in 25.1
JP Duminy dismissed by Kyle Jarvis and South Africa are tottering now. Pitched in line and straightened up to hit Duminy's pads. Zimbabwe go up in appeal and the umpire gives it.
South Africa 95/6 after 21.3 overs
The Proteas lost Christiaan Jonker after he put up a partnership of 36 with Khaya Zondo. Zondo was later dismissed and it is now skipper JP Duminy in the middle with Andile Phehlukwayo. South Africa are in a spot of bother here.
Tiripano to Markram and he is out. Poor shot to a back of a length delivery. Markram goes for the cut and didn't connect and the edge goes straight to the keeper. Markram c Brendan Taylor b Tiripano 35(49)
Chatara to Klaasen and he is gone! Second wicket for Chatara. Klaasen goes for the big hit but slightly mistimed it. Klaasen c Mire b Chatara 1(13)
5 overs gone
Good start for Zimbabwe - they have taken 2 early wickets. But now Aiden Markram is leading the counter attack, while Heinrick Klaasen is leading the resistance. 5 overs gone, SA 19/2
WICKET! Kyle Jarvis' bowl just remained low and Reeza Hendricks has been cleaned up. He completely missed the ball as he was not expecting it to remain this low. South Africa are in big, big trouble. SA 9/2
Chatara strikes! Dean Elgar's ODI career seem to be going nowhere as he once again edges a delivery from Tendari Chatara straight to Brendan Taylor behind the stumps. SA 7/1
Tendai Chatara bowls from other end
Seamer Tendai Chatara comes out to bowl from the other end. He was excellent with the new ball in the first game. But this match, he starts off with the wide.
HERE WE GO!
Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram out to bat for South Africa and it is Kyle Jarvis who starts off with the new ball for Zimbabwe. HERE WE GO!
Zimbabwe (Playing XI): Solomon Mire, Hamilton Masakadza(c), Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor(w), Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Brandon Mavuta, Kyle Jarvis, Donald Tiripano, Tendai Chatara
South Africa (Playing XI): Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks, Jean-Paul Duminy(c), Khaya Zondo, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Christiaan Jonker, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi
Hamilton Masakadza: It looks a very good wicket. Definitely excited about it (playing his 200th ODI). Just one change, (Wellington) Masakadza out for Trirpano - extra seam seamer. Should be a high scoring game. Will look to restrict them to a score of around 260 and then chase it down later.
JP Duminy: Looks like a good batting surface and we'll bat first. We want to test our batting. Good opportunity for the youngsters. Mulder sustained a fracture while practicing and Zondo replaces him. Steyn comes into the team. The responsibility (fifth bowler) lies on me. It's a great opportunity.
SOUTH AFRICA WIN TOSS, ELECT TO BAT FIRST!
The toss will take place at 4:30 PM
UP NEXT - TOSS!
Should South Africa look to bowl first again or would they want to test their batsman and look to bat first. If Zimbabwe win, they are likely to opt to bowl first.
Will Dale Steyn play today?
South African seamer Dale Steyn had to sit out from the first ODI. But will he be playing today? South Africa really do not need a bowling change at the moment.
200th ODI for Hamilton Masakadza
Zimbabwe skipper Hamilton Masakadza will be donning the international ODI cap for the 200th time for his country. He would want to mark it as a big victory over South Africa.
South Africa vs Zimbabwe 2nd ODI Live
Hello and welcome to our Live Blog on the 2nd ODI between South Africa and Zimbabwe. South Africa were expected to have a cakewalk of a task against their neighbouring nation in the first ODI. For a while it was. Chasing 118 looked like an easy task. Then the inexperienced South Africa batting line-up showed that they might not be quite up to the task. South Africa lost 5 wickets and at one stage, looked extremely vulnerable. Questions must be asked, what if Zimbabwe had put more on the board? Is this team ready for World Cup - with much more difficult opponents? In the 2nd ODI, some questions might be answered.