Bloemfontein: Dale Steyn made a triumphant go back to one-day world cricket, starring with bat and ball as South Africa beat Zimbabwe by means of 120 runs in the second one one-day world on the Mangaung Oval on Wednesday.Taking part in in his first ODI in two years, Steyn top-scored with a career-best 60 in a South African overall of 198, then took the primary two wickets as Zimbabwe have been bowled out for 78, giving South Africa a profitable 2-Zero lead within the three-match sequence.
Leg-spinner Imran Tahir took six for 24, together with a hat-trick, as Zimbabwe collapsed.
Steyn’s batting rescued South Africa from a precarious 101 for seven but it surely used to be his speedy bowling that most probably inspired trainer Ottis Gibson probably the most.
He bowled with numerous tempo and his figures of 2 for 19 in six overs scarcely mirrored the issues he led to for the Zimbabwe batsmen on a pitch of asymmetric soar.
Steyn mentioned a stint with English county Hampshire had enabled him to start out the South African season in just right shape.
“I have been enjoying cricket and I think cricket-fit,” he mentioned.
“The wicket used to be relatively difficult but it surely used to be great that the hole bowlers had bowled out relatively numerous overs,” he mentioned of a 75-run 8th wicket stand with Andile Phehlukwayo (28).
Steyn hit 8 fours and a six in an 85-ball innings. His earlier perfect one-day world rating used to be 35 in opposition to India in Jaipur in 2009/10.
Steyn struck along with his 7th ball when he trapped Solomon Mire leg prior to wicket and adopted up by means of pushing aside Craig Ervine, who persevered a torrid time in opposition to the veteran speedy bowler prior to being stuck at brief midwicket.
“I had a pleasant breeze in the back of me and there used to be tempo within the wicket. The wicket used to be slightly up and down. Should you run in on a wicket like that issues will occur,” he mentioned.
Tahir ripped during the Zimbabwe batting when the quick bowlers have been rested, trapping Brendan Taylor leg prior to in his first over, then pushing aside Sean Williams, Elton Chigumbura and Peter Moor with successive deliveries prior to wrapping up the innings.
“The pitch wasn’t very best,” mentioned South African captain JP Duminy.
“The best way Dale carried out himself used to be outstanding and to peer him bowling as temporarily as he has is a in reality just right signal for us.”
First Revealed: October 4, 2018, 1:24 AM IST