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Amla's 15th one-day international hundred guided South Africa to a
comfortable 93-run victory in the first game of a three-match series
against Zimbabwe on Sunday.
SCORECARD: Zimbabwe v South Africa
Amla batted through the innings to
finish unbeaten on 122 from 132 balls as the Proteas posted 309 for
three, before spinners Imran Tahir and Aaron Phangiso took three wickets
apiece to bowl Zimbabwe out for 216.
The one-sided nature of the
match at the Queen's Sports Club was established right from the
beginning as Amla shared a century stand with Quinton de Kock.
the early starts in Zimbabwean ODIs traditionally give plenty of
assistance to the side bowling first and the game began under cloudy
skies, the home side's young attack was unable to capitalise on those
Seamer Neville Madziva and 19-year-old all-rounder
Luke Jongwe were both handed international debuts but both struggled
against an aggressive De Kock, who went to his fifty in just 42 balls.
the left-hander failed to convert a fifty into a century for the first
time in his young career when a mishit off the bowling of off spinner
John Nyumbu, who was making his one-day debut, saw him depart for 63.
dismissal prompted a period of slower scoring as Faf du Plessis bedded
in and Zimbabwe's spinners dragged the game back, before the batting
powerplay sparked the South African innings once more with Du Plessis
and Amla taking 40 runs from the five overs.
Although Du Plessis
sliced a Nyumbu delivery to extra cover to depart for 59 soon after,
Amla went to his third hundred in four matches and AB de Villiers and JP
Duminy scored quick late runs as the Proteas added 101 runs in the last
"There was talk of 250 at one point, and even when Hash
came off he said that he never thought we'd get to 300-plus," De
"It shows you that we're quite dangerous with wickets in hand in the last 15 overs."
scores of above 300 have twice been chased down at Queens Sports Club
in recent years, Zimbabwe failed to make the solid start they required
as they were reduced to 34 for three.
"Unfortunately we lost too
many wickets early on and to bring it back from there is always hard --
especially against a team like South Africa," Zimbabwe captain Elton
Although Hamilton Masakadza and Sean Williams
revived the innings with a 100-run stand for the fourth wicket that
breathed some life into the crowd, Wayne Parnell snuffed it out when he
had Masakadza caught for 61.
Williams became the first of Imran
Tahir's three wickets when he departed for 51 soon after, before the leg
spinner cleaned up the tail along with Phangiso.