Live Cricket Score - South Africa vs Zimbabwe, 2nd T20I

October 12 2018

Without Tahir, Zimbabwe might just breathe a little easy
Without Tahir, Zimbabwe might just breathe a little easy

South Africa clinch the T20I series with ease

JP Duminy remains unbeaten on 33 as South Africa get through the chase in a canter, with six wickets and 26 balls to spare. South Africa have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Zimbabwe remain winless in the tour and this match served as yet another reminder of the difference in quality between the sides.

WICKET: Klassen falls to Williams

Klassen doesn't middle this slog sweep and holes out to deep mid wicket. With just 31 more needed, South Africa are still sitting pretty.

Duminy, Klassen run away with the game

Some innovation from Duminy puts the bowler off his lengths while Klassen sticks to a more conventional method of power and placement. Both methods proving to be very effective, and together more potent. They have added 43 off 28 so far as South Africa get within touching distance of the target.

WICKET: Williams gets the big one

Faf du Plessis plays down the wrong line against Sean Williams and loses his off stump. South Africa are 58/3 in the 8th over.

WICKET: de Kock falls to Mavuta

Some good fortune now for Zimbabwe. de Kock gets an inside edge onto his pads before it hits the stumps against Mavuta's leg break. A bit of a soft dismissal that.

WICKET: Mpofu gets van der Dussen

South Africa's batting hero from the first game is done in by the pitch as much as the bowler. The ball is definitely stopping off a good length at times here and this was one such occasion. van der Dussen ends up chipping a simple return catch to Mpofu who pockets it comfortably.

Good fortune for de Kock

He should have been given out caught behind against Chisoro's left-arm spin but the umpire makes a mistake. A big sweep from de Kock resulted in him gloving the ball to the 'keeper but the appeal isn't upheld!

Innings break: Zimbabwe restricted to 132

South Africa will be quite happy with what they've kept Zimbabwe down to. An innings starved off any sustained momentum, Zimbabwe were not quite there with their shot-selection. On a pitch that was offering some up-and-down bounce, it did prove to be quite difficult especially after South Africa's pacers found the right lengths to bowl on.

Chase coming up shortly.

WICKET: Williams falls for 41

Paterson strikes an important blow. He cramps Williams for room and gets one to skid through and take out the leg stump. Zimbabwe pegged back again.

Counterpunches from Williams

He's tonked three sixes off Shamsi's last over, spoiling his figures completely. Shamsi could have had him though off the first of those three shots had van der Dussen held on at deep midwicket instead of palming it over the boundary. Williams left no such chances of the next two which were sent into the crowd. 24 runs off that Shamsi over!

WICKET: Taylor falls as well

He plays a big sweep but doesn't connect against the wrong 'un. Taylor falls after a 35-ball-29. Job not quite done. The wicket followed a string of swings-and-misses by Taylor against Phehlukwayo who finished a superb spell of 4-0-15-0.

ZIM 56/3 at the halfway mark

Brendan Taylor gains some rhythm with a lovely straight-batted loft for six, which he made look significantly prettier by lifting his back leg. This is the pair for Zimbabwe - Taylor and Sean Williams - if they're going to have a chance of competing.

WICKET: Frylinck gets his second

Musakanda swings out and seems to have got a thin edge through to the 'keeper. He seems surprised by the umpire upholding the appeal. But there was some sound as the ball went past the bat.

WICKET: Masakadza falls

The 16-ball-21 ends for Masakadza. Frylinck strikes as well as Masakadza jumps down and misses a wild swing.

Ngidi takes a caning

Masakada has played three glorious shots off Ngidi. The first one was a head-down loft onto the roof straight down the ground, the second a paddle-sweep over fine leg and the third a brutal pull for four. Ngidi can only offer a wry smile.

WICKET: Paterson gets Mire

The first over was peppered with short balls by Ngidi but they weren't well directed. But could that have played on Mire's head? He pulls one that wasn't too short at all and misses. The off stump is sent cartwheeling.

Toss: Zimbabwe opt to bat

Three changes for South Africa as JP Duminy, Dane Paterson and Robert Frylinck come in. Solomon Mire comes in for Chamu Chibhabha for Zimbabwe.

Teams:

South Africa (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(w), Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis(c), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Robert Frylinck, Dane Paterson, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

Zimbabwe (Playing XI): Hamilton Masakadza(c), Solomon Mire, Brendan Taylor(w), Tarisai Musakanda, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Tendai Chisoro, Brandon Mavuta, Kyle Jarvis, Chris Mpofu

Preview

Hello and welcome for our coverage of the second T20I between South Africa and Zimbabwe. It's easy to pick favorites for this one, but Zimbabwe will want to prove that wrong. They did give a good fight in the first T20I of the series, although the scoreline might not reflect it fully. There will be at least one change though, with Zimbabwe's nemesis in that outing, Imran Tahir, being left out for this. Is that enough for them to mount a bigger challenge this time? We'll wait and watch. Meanwhile, you can check out our preview here as we wait for the toss.


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