The trophy has been presented to Faf Du Plessis, who collects it and poses with the team for the group photograph. Zimbabwe can hold their heads high, they have fought bravely in all three games. If only their batting had clicked, the scoreline would’ve been different. Another trophy added to the cabinet for South Africa after this clinical whitewash.
Imran Tahir became the man of the series as South Africa completed clinical whitewash over Zimbabwe at Paarl:
Klaasen showed good composure and with the help of Zondo, the Proteas have knocked down the target with 25 balls to spare. Markram and Hendricks provided a fine start with a 75-run opening stand. However, after the former’s exit, skipper Faf du Plessis – who was looking so good threw his wicket away to Mavuta and that allowed Zimbabwe to claw back into the contest.
The Proteas lost Klaasen and Phehlukwayo towards the end, but Steyn and Khaya Zondo made sure there were no more hiccups. Steyn hits the winning runs and does in some fashion. South Africa have wrapped up the series 3-0. It was pitched up in the arc for Steyn to free his arms.
Before that, on a pitch that was far more pleasant for the batsman than what the first two games of the series had on offer, Zimbabwe put up an improved show courtesy Sean Williams’s 69. The southpaw drove and flicked with confidence, and along with Brendan Taylor, put on a 73-run stand for the fourth wicket – which proved to be the base of Zimbabwe’s innings after they had got off to another disappointing start.
Zimbabwe delayed the inevitable by keeping it tight towards the end and picking up a couple of wickets but that was never going to derail South Africa’s victory run. Klaasen, who scored a fine half-century after a brilliant day behind the stumps, was adjudged the Man of the Match.
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