At one stage South Africa was struggling on 83 runs when they lost top four batsmen but David Miller and JP Duminy played brilliant innings to take team’s total past 300 score. Both Duminy and Miller hit centuries in the critical stage of match and built 5th wicket record partnership of 256 runs for South Africa in ODIs.
Having lost the toss Proteas got bad start and opener Quinton de Kock gone in the fourth over when SA were on 10. It was slow start for South Africa and Zimbabwean bowlers were bowling at good line length. Another big blow for African team in 9th over as Hashim Amla was bowled out by Panyangara. Proteas were in trouble as now 21/2 in 9 overs.
Now South Africa hopes were relying on Faf du Plessis and captain De Villiers. But both these guys disappointed fans and SA lost two more wickets and struggling at 83/4 in 21st over. Jp Duminy and David Miller took responsibility and started to explore the Zimbabwe bowling. Both batsmen were batting aggressively and hitting the ball all over the park.
South Africa completed 100 runs in 25th over and it almost 10 overs took after this Proteas to complete 150. SA were now 151/4 in 35 overs. David Miller completed fifty in 55 balls. This was the time to change the gears and both players changed their gears, especially Miller. Fifth wicket partnership was now 100 in 112 balls.
Africa completed 250 in 46th over and Miller score excellent century in 81 balls. Proteas reached to 300 in 47.5 overs. Duminy slammed ton in 96 balls. After completion of 50 overs SA put 339 runs on the scoreboard. Miller hit 9 sixes and 7 fours in his 138 runs inning whereas Duminy hit 3 sixes and 9 fours in 115 runs inning.