South Africa’s Proteas Defeat Zimbabwe In Cricket World Cup

South Africa’s Proteas Defeat Zimbabwe In Cricket World Cup

By SuperSport.com

David Miller and JP Duminy both scored hundreds as South Africa overcame a nervy start to beat Zimbabwe by 62 runs in their World Cup Pool B opener in Hamilton on Sunday.

Wobbling at 83 for four, South Africa were lifted by brilliant hundreds by Miller (138 not out) and Duminy (115 not out), with the pair sharing an unbroken stand of 256 – a new fifth-wicket record for all one-day internationals – as they piled up 339 for four at Seddon Park.

Zimbabwe, as they had with the ball, started well with the bat and were 191 for two in the 33rd over as Hamilton Masakadza (80) and Chamu Chibhabha (64) threatened before they lost eight wickets for 86 runs.

Masakadza hit eight fours and two sixes in his 74-ball knock while Chibhabha knocked 10 boundaries off 82 balls but Zimbabwe’s batting wilted after their departure. Brendon Taylor chipped in with 40 and Solomon Mire scored 27.

South Africa’s spearhead Dale Steyn struggled with his line as he conceded 38 runs in his first five overs before finishing with one for 64 in nine.

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