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Parnell’s all-round show helps South Africa seal series

Zimbabwe bowled out for 196 to hand visitor 61-run win in second ODI

Parnell’s all-round show helps South Africa seal series - Cricket News
Ryan McLaren celebrates a wicket.

Wayne Parnell’s all-round contribution, 3 for 28 and a 27-ball 24, helped South Africa canter to a 61-run win against Zimbabwe in the second One-Day International to take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series on Tuesday (August 19) in Bulawayo.

From 211 for 7, Parnell helped South Africa post 257 all out in 49.4 overs. In reply, Zimbabwe could manage 196 in 49.1 overs.

Having put up a better performance with the ball, Zimbabwe's batsmen failed to back their bowlers and never looked in the chase. Hamilton Masakadza, who was promoted up the order after his 61 in the first ODI, was the first to fall, bowled by Parnell for 7.  

Zimbabwe was soon reduced to 45 for 4 by the 17th over. The top order struggled against the pace and bounce generated by Parnell and Ryan McLaren, who took 3 for 21.

Sean Williams, who scored his second consecutive half-century, stroked an 84-ball 55, but was waging a lone battle as other batsmen failed to make significant contributions.

McLaren finally got rid of Williams in the 37th over to leave Zimbabwe on 114 for 7. However, Neville Madziva (25) and John Nyumbu (18) added 41 runs for the ninth wicket to reduce the margin of defeat. 

Earlier Quinton de Kock, who scored a run-a-ball 38, went past the 1000-run mark in ODIs taking 21 innings and equalled Viv Richards, Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott’s record of fastest to reach the landmark.

However, Nyumbu dismissed Hashim Amla (15) and de Kock in quick succession, before AB de Villiers's bizarre run-out reduced South Africa to 60 for 3. Nyumbu finished with figures of 2 for 44.

In need of a partnership, Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy added 69 runs in 14.1 overs to bring the innings back on track. Prosper Utseya, who picked up 2 for 39, first bowled Duminy and then had du Plessis caught at mid-wicket to stem the flow of runs. 

However, David Miller kept the South Africa innings going and fashioned a stroke-filled 48-ball 45. He hit two sixes before Brian Vitori trapped him lbw in the 40th over.

Parnell and Kyle Abbott (23) added 41 runs in 6.3 overs to steer South Africa to a respectable total.  

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