South Africa complete 3-0 ODI series sweep against Zimbabwe

Sport360 staff 23:46 06/10/2018
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Sean Williams' 69 against South Africa went in vain.

South Africa completed a series whitewash against Zimbabwe with a four-wicket win in the third and final one-day international in Paarl.

Reeza Hendricks (66) and Heinrich Klaasen (59) both scored half-centuries as South Africa reached 231 for six with four overs to spare after bowling Zimbabwe all out for 228.

Hendricks, who put on 75 for the first wicket with fellow opener Aiden Markram (42), hit five fours and a six, while wicketkeeper Klaasen struck six fours and a six to take the game away from Zimbabwe.

Earlier, Proteas’ bowlers Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada each took three wickets as Zimbabwe struggled to set an imposing target, with Sean Williams (69) top-scoring for the tourists.

Steyn continued is fine return to ODI as he was clocked at 150kph and bowled well over 140 kph throughout the game on an unresponsive pitch to take 3-29. Rabada ended up impressive figures of 3-32.

Meanwhile, Taylor became the third Zimbabwean to reach 6,000 ODI runs, joining the Flower brothers, Andy and Grant.

South Africa sealed a series win on Wednesday with a 120-run win in Bloemfontein having won the first match by five wickets in Kimberley.

“Our main focus was to keep looking at players and we tried to give everyone good game time,” said South African captain Faf du Plessis.

“Australia is our next tour (at the end of October). It will probably be a bit tougher than this and we will be closer to our best 15 or 16 players for that tour.”

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