Protea’s ICC World Cup campaign got off to a good start when Dave Miller produced a stunning 138 off 92 balls, while JP Duminy scored an unbeaten 115 with three sixes as the pair made full use of the short boundaries at Hamiton’s Seddon Park
Dave Miller and JP Duminy struck a unbeaten 256-run partnership that lifted South Africa to 339-4. This was made extra special by a World Cup record nine sixes in Miller’s century. Not only that but the 256-run partnership is a record for the 5th wicket in a World Cup.
This was after Captain AB de Villiers was caught brilliantly on the boundary when he’d reached 25, only managing to hit one clean strike for six, and with South Africa only producing just 21 runs off the first nine overs and losing both openers. The beginning of their innings was somewhat sluggish.
Miller and Duminy partnership had to begin cautiously as the pair looked to rebuild the innings with both batsmen content to push for singles, after the Proteas slumped to 83-4 in the 21st over.
Though the enthusiastic Zimbabwe supporters had something to cheer about earlier in the innings, the score seemed out of reach for Zimbabwe despite a gallant effort to stabilize an innings by Masakadza as he hit eight fours and two sixes in his 74-ball knock while Chibhabha knocked 10 boundaries off 82 balls. But unfortunately Zimbabwe’s batting wilted after their departure.
SOUTH AFRICA: HM Amla*, Q de Kock†, F du Plessis, AB de Villiers, DA Miller, JP Duminy, F Behardien, VD Philander, DW Steyn, Imran Tahir, M Morkel
ZIMBABWE: CJ Chibhabha, Sikandar Raza, H Masakadza, BRM Taylor†, SC Williams, CR Ervine, E Chigumbura*, SF Mire, T Panyangara, TL Chatara, T Kamungozi