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Zimbabwe make South Africa sweat for victory

Aaron Moores | cricket20

Brendan Taylor and Chamu Chibhabha scored impressive half centuries during a second wicket stand of 107 as Zimbabwe made South Africa work hard for a 8 run victory to seal a 2-0 series win.

Taylor (59) and Chibhabha (58) played superbly as the pair made light work of the South Africanís make shift bowling attacked as they eased their way towards the Proteas total of 194-6.

Having come together in just the 2nd over the pair smashed 10 fours and 5 sixes to keep Zimbabwe on course for an unlikely victory at the De Beers Diamond Oval in Kimberley.

With the pressure mounting the Proteas struck back removing Taylor and Chibhabha in quick succession to leave the tourists needing 49 from 23 balls.

Despite the lose Elton Chigumbura smashed 25 runs from just 14 balls to set up a thrilling final over which saw Zimbabwe end their gallant run chase 8 runs short of an unlikely victory.

JP Duminyís rich vain of form continued for South Africa after scoring a well deserved half century to help the Proteas reach 194-6.

The middle order batsman came to the crease after the dismissal of Colin Ingram (12) at the end of the 3rd over and produced another impressive performance for the Proteas.

Fresh from scoring 35 against Zimbabwe on Friday night Duminy recorded his third Twenty20 International half century with a 37 ball innings which included 5 fours and 1 sixes to help the Proteas set Zimbabwe a victory target 195.

Supported once again by David Miller (25) the pair built a 4th wicket of 69 to put the home side in control before Miller saw his off-stump go flying thanks to a quick delivery by Shingirai Masakadza.

Despite the lose of his partnership Duminy continued his rich vain of form by dispatching Masakadza for a huge six at the end of the 17th over to bring up South Africaís 150.

Wicket keeper Heino Kuhn (1) and Robin Peterson (1) quickly followed but Duminy continued his one main blitz dispatching Chris Mpofu for two sixes and a four in the final over to record an impressive 96.

Having won the toss; Graeme Smith once again led from the front, after scoring a half century against Zimbabwe on Friday night the former Proteas skipper smashed 45 from just 29 deliveries to set the home side on their way.

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