South Africa produced a clinical performance with bat and ball to clinch the T20I series against Zimbabwe. The second game of the series was played at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom. Hosts produced tidy bowling performance to contain Zimbabwe to a score of 132 runs.
In reply, Quinton de Kock and Captain Faf du Plessis produced crucial knocks to see South Africa cruise to a comfortable win over Zimbabwe by six wickets.
Zimbabwe got off to a shaky start as pacer Dane Paterson dismissed Solomon Mire in the second over of the innings. Brendan Taylor and Captain Hamilton Masakadza did all the hard work and scored 21 off 16 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes. Robbie Frylinck got rid of Masakadza to see Zimbabwe lose their second wicket. Tarisai Musakanda perished for a duck as Zimbabwe were precariously placed at 35 for 3 after 6.2 overs.
Sean Williams joined Brendan Taylor at the crease to lead a fightback of sorts for Zimbabwe. Williams played well and kept the scoreboard ticking along nicely. Taylor played well and scored 29 off 35 balls with the help of two fours and a six.
Tabraiz Shamsi dismissed Taylor to pick his first wicket of the game. Williams looked unfazed and smashed three big six off Shamsi’s over. He scored 41 off 28 balls with the help of two fours and three sixes. Pacer Dane Paterson dismissed Williams to see Zimbabwe lose the momentum and add only 31 runs in the final five overs of the innings.
Once Williams departed, that was it for Zimbabwe. At the time of his dismissal, Zimbabwe were 101 in the 16th over and went on to add just 31 more in the final four.
In reply, Rassie van der Dussen perished early in the innings as Chris Mpofu picked up an early wicket for Zimbabwe. Quinton de Kock looked in fluent touch in his innings and scored 26 off 23 balls with help of three fours and a six. Faf du Plessis also came out with intent and scored two quick boundaries.
De Kock and Du Plessis were dismissed in quick succession but JP Duminy held the innings together to produce unbeaten 33 runs off 26 balls. He added 44 runs with Heinrich Klaasen to take South Africa one step closer to victory. Klaasen played well for his 22 runs off 15 balls. David Miller also chipped in with unbeaten 19 runs to see South Africa complete the chase in the 15th over of the innings.
For his tidy bowling performance, South African pacer Dane Paterson was named man of the match. The third and final game of the T20 series will be played on Sunday at Willowmoore Park, Benoni.