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Miller and Duminy set SA win

David Miller and JP Duminy blasted cenuries as South Africa swept aside a valiant Zimbabwean side by by 62 runs in their Group B encounter of the World Cup in Hamilton on Sunday.

 

On a day when South Africa lost their top four batsmen Quinton de Kock (seven), Hashim Amla (11), Faf du Plessis (24) and AB de Villiers (25) with not much runs in the board, Miller and Duminy lifted the Proteas to 339-4 in 50 overs.

 

Zimbabwe did the best they can before being skittled out for 277 in 48.2 overs with Charles Chibhabha and Hamilton Masakadza making half centuries. Spinner Imran Tahir was the pick of the South African bowlers taking 3-36 from 10 overs.

 

South African strong top order was expected to make light work of a mediocre Zimbabwean bowling attack but they were reduced to 83-4 in 20.2 overs. Miller and Duminy first anchored the ship before beginning onslaught over Zimbabwe.

 

The two shared an unbeaten 266-run stand for the fifth wicket that left Zimbabwe clueless. Miller played with extreme aggression slamming nine sixes and seven boundaries in his 92-ball 138. Duminy was unbeaten on 115 from 100 ball with nine boundaries and three sixes.

 

Zimbabwe lost opener Sikander Raza (five) early before Masakadza and Chibhabha pushed the team towards respectability with a 105-run stand. Chibhabha made 64 off 82 with 10 hits to the fence.

 

The score move close to 200-run mark sharing another 54 runs with Brendon Taylor and his dismissal off Tahir was all but an end of Zimbabwean innings. Taylor made 80 off 74 with eight fours and two sixes. Taylor made a run-a-ball 40 hitting four boundaries and a six.

 

Fast bowlers Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel picked up two wickets each for South Africa with Dale Steyn taking 1-64 from nine overs.    

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