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Clinical South Africa eases to 3-0 win

After bowling Zimbabwe out for 165, Quinton de Kock (84) and Faf du Plessis (40) help visitors overhaul target in 27.2 overs

Clinical South Africa eases to 3-0 win - Cricket News
Quinton de Kock scored 84 off 75 balls as South Africa beat Zimbabwe by seven wickets in the third ODI.
Quinton de Kock scored a quickfire 84 as South Africa registered a seven-wicket win in the third and final ODI against Zimbabwe at the Queen Sports Club in Bulawayo on Thursday (August 21). De Lock's 75-ball knock, that contained seven boundaries and two sixes, helped the visitor chase down a 166-run target in just 27.2 overs.

The chase did not start off on an ideal note for South Africa, though, as Malcolm Waller ran out Rilee Rossouw, the debutant, for a duck. Faf du Plessis, South Africa's stand-in captain, leading the side in place of the rested AB de Villiers, then joined De Kock at the crease. The duo added 73 for the second wicket off just 69 balls to get South Africa's chase back on track. 

Sean Williams broke the stand when he castled Du Plessis for a 33-ball 40. De Kock, however, carried on, with a run-a-ball 70-run partnership for the third wicket with JP Duminy. It was Tinashe Panyangara who ended De Kock's stay by having him caught a midwicket off an attempted six. 

However, Duminy, in the company of David Miller, negated any further casulaties to take South Africa home comfortable. 
Earlier, South Africa's bowlers backed their captain's decision to field first, coming up with a collective effort to bundle Zimbabwe out for 165. Elton Chigumbura was the lone warrior for the host, contributing 90 of those runs.

Walking in with the team on 4 for 2, Chigumbura was the last man dismissed when he was bowled by Marchant de Lange, having struck ten boundaries and two sixes during his 122-ball knock. A lack of other significant contributions, however, hurt Zimbabwe and with Sikandar Raza's 30 being the next highest score, it was bowled out for a modest score. 

South Africa's bowlers hunted in a pack. De Lange was the pick of the lot, finishing with 3 for 31 off 7.5 overs. Kyle Abbott, De Lange's new-ball partner, and Wayne Parnell accounted for two wickets each, while Ryan McLaren, Mthokozisi Shezi, and Aaron Phangiso, all took a wicket apiece. 

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