Cape The city – Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir underlined the enjoy and abilities they are able to deliver to the Proteas International Cup marketing campaign after they impressed their aspect to a series-winning victory by means of 120 runs over Zimbabwe in the second one ODI on the Mangaung Oval on Wednesday night.
SCORECARD: Proteas v Zimbabwe, 2d ODI
Zimbabwe appeared as despite the fact that that they had the sport for the successful after they lowered the Proteas to 101/7 on the midway mark after the house aspect had once more received the toss however Steyn spoke back with a profession perfect 60 (85 balls, nine fours and a six) that used to be additionally his maiden half-century on this layout.
His partnership with Andile Phehlukwayo added 75 for the 8th wicket which used to be a Protea document in opposition to Zimbabwe and made the objective of 199 for Zimbabwe on any other tricky pitch glance smartly above par.
What is going to have truly happy the Proteas International Cup planners used to be what adopted when Steyn took the brand new ball and operated at speeds within the area of 145km/h and knocked over two wickets up entrance in a spell of two/19 in 6 overs to clinch the Guy of the Fit award.
Imran then took over to take 6/24 to rout the Zimbabwe heart and decrease order. Within the procedure he changed into the fourth South African after Charl Langeveldt, JP Duminy and Kagiso Rabada (on debut) to take a hat trick and at one level took four wickets in 7 balls to have figures of five/16 in four overs.
His ultimate figures had been his 2d perfect for South Africa, overwhelmed most effective by means of his profession perfect 7/45 in opposition to the West Indies two years in the past.
He has now taken 4 or extra wickets in an innings on 9 events and 5 or extra on 3 events.
If the 2 veterans had been the celebs of the instance, Phehlukwayo used to be no longer a ways in the back of. With the exception of his contribution to the match-winning partnership with Steyn, he installed a very good spell of one/7 in five overs and took an acrobatic catch at brief midwicket to lend a hand Steyn to his 2d wicket.
As soon as once more, the specialist batsmen on either side struggled with a checking out floor in any other low-scoring affair.