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29 August 201421:58

Bowlers give South Africa bonus point

Prosper Utseya's hat-trick could not stop Zimbabwe from sliding to defeat in Harare

Bowlers give South Africa bonus point - Cricket News

South Africa bowler Dale Steyn celebrates a wicket.

South Africa's bowling strength came to the fore as it bundled out Zimbabwe for 170 to pull off a comfortable 61-run win which also gave it a bonus point in the third match of the tri-series at the Harare Sports Club on Friday (August 29).

It wasn't a stroll by any means, but South Africa, who was rocked during the first half, courtesy Prosper Utseya's hat-trick, rode a solid start to finish with 231 all out in 49.5 overs. Offspinner Utseya who was reported for a suspect bowling action earlier this month, finished with career-best figures of 5 for 36 in 10 overs after Zimbabwe opted to field.

Utseya, who was named Player of the Match, became just the second Zimbabwe bowler after Eddo Brandes, the former mediumpacer, to register a hat-trick in One-Day Internationals.

South Africa, who had easily chased down a massive 328-run target against Australia on Wednesday with seven wickets in hand and 20 deliveries to spare, started well with captain Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock, the wicket-keeper, providing a solid base. The duo put on 142 for the opening wicket, at nearly a run a ball.

Utseya drew first blood when he had an advancing Amla stumped for 66 to trigger a dramatic collapse as South Africa lost eight wickets for 48 runs to slide from 147 for 1 to 195 for 9. Utseya had de Kock caught by Tendai Chatara for a run-a-ball 76, before removing Rilee Rossouw and David Miller for first-ball ducks.

That South Africa posted in excess of 230 was courtesy some late resistance from the last wicket pair of Aaron Phangiso and Imran Tahir.

John Nyumbu, the offspinner, was also rewarded for his persistence as he returned figures of 3 for 42, while Chatara, the medium pacer, took two wickets.

Zimbabwe’s chase was rocked early as an attempted quick single resulted in Tino Mawoyo’s run out in the third over. Sikandar Raza (35) and Hamilton Masakadza (25) then added 42 for the second wicket, before Aaron Phangiso, the left-arm spinner, triggered the slide.

Sean Williams tried to rebuild by top-scoring with 46, but incisive spells from Dale Steyn and Ryan McLaren out paid to its hopes. Zimbabwe take on Australia in their third match on Sunday (August 31).