By THABISILE MASIMULA
SOUTH Africa’s cricket team, the Proteas bowled out Zimbabwe in the second one day international (ODI) match in Potchefstroom, North West on Sunday, October 17.
The AB de Villier’s charges beat Zimbabwe by 8 wickets to reach their target of 269 in 39 overs.
Although the Proteas were hit by a series of injuries in fast bowler Dale Steyn who suffered a concussion and back injury during the Twenty20 tournament last month, they proved to be on top of the game. Amongst those injured are veterens Jack Kallis and Morne Morkel.
Proteas captain, Graeme Smith said that it was important for the younger players to prove their worth in the absence of their seniors. Smith was amongst the players who dimmed Zimbabwe’s hopes as he and Hashim Amla blazed their way to 84 without loss in the 13th over.
Amla, who played beautifully stroked a wonderful 110 off 103 balls, with a dozen restrictions, while De Villiers finished with a powerful 101 not out off 72 balls, bringing up his fifth six providing the winning runs for the Proteas. Amla was content to just keep manipulating the ball through the gaps, along the ground, all over the field but De Villiers provided a razor-sharp edge to the Proteas batting as he raced to a 37 ball half century, which included two sixes.