Proteas negate Utseya's hat-trick

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South Africa had their impressive bowlers to thank for winning their tri-series match against Zimbabwe in Harare on FRiday, as they defended a poor 231 after Prosper Utseya ran through the Proteas' batsmen.

South Africa had their impressive bowlers to thank for winning their tri-series match against Zimbabwe in Harare on FRiday, as they defended a poor 231 after Prosper Utseya ran through the Proteas' batsmen.

The superior-ranked side were all out for 231 in the final over of their innings after Utseya took a hat-trick, and a five-fer, but the visiting bowlers made sure of the win by bowling Zim out for 170 in the 39th over.

Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to field first, and for the first half of the innings that looked to be a dreadful idea. Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla ran riot at the HSC, putting on a century stand with ease.

They both recorded half centuries before Amla was the first to fall, with the score on 142 in the 25th over. He tried one too many innovative shots, and was stumped by Brendan Taylor (keeping for the injured Richmond Mutumbami) off Utseya.

De Kock followed soon after, for 76, and was the first of the hat-trick dismissals. Rilee Rossouw added a second duck in a row to his records (his debut was a first baller too), edging Utseya to the slips.

The hat-trick came when David Miller was trapped plumb in front, and the Proteas were reduced to 147 for four. John Nyumbu then got in the act to take the next three wickets, reducing the visitors to 190 for eight.

When Kyle Abbott departed with the score on 195, it seemed a below-200 score was on the cards, but a final stand of 36 in the next six overs between Imran Tahir and Aaron Phangiso ensured a defendable score.

Though the Proteas' attack was without a rested Morne Morkel, they started off well as Tino Mawoyo was run out with the score on one. Hamilton Masakadza and Sikandar Raza then pushed the score to 42, before Hamilton was out for 25.

Raza continued at the other end as his team-mates departed, with Brendan Taylor also out for a duck. Raza reached 35 but fell while hitting out to Tahir, caught by Miller.

Each time the middle order tried to mount a comeback, and got slightly settled, a wicket would fall as the Proteas held on to their chances in the field. Sean Williams was again the best scorer, making 46 before becoming one of three Ryan McLaren victims.

Dale Steyn's pace wrapped up the tail, and thus the game, as he took the final wicket of Brian Vitori. He'd earlier removed resisters Malcolm Waller and Elton Chigumbura, for 20 and 22 respectively.

The next match, at the same venue, sees Zimbabwe take on Australia again, with the Aussies having won the first encounter.

Zimbabwe: T Mawoyo, S Raza, H Masakadza, B Taylor, S Williams, E Chigumbura, M Waller, P Utseya, J Nyumbu, T Chatara, B Vitori

South Africa: H Amla, Q de Kock, F du Plessis, R Rossouw, D Miller, JP Duminy, R McLaren, D Steyn, K Abbott, A Phangiso, I Tahir

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