Bulawayo: Quinton de Kock's quickfire 84 fired South Africa to a crushing 3-0 series victory over Zimbabwe as they won the third one-day international by seven wickets on Thursday in Bulawayo.
De Kock wasted little time in his 75-ball innings and was aided by 40 from 33 balls by stand-in captain Faf du Plessis, as the Proteas chased down a target of 166 in just 27.2 overs.
Earlier, Kyle Abbott took a wicket in the day's first over and Marchant de Lange struck first ball of the second as Zimbabwe's batsmen failed again and were dismissed with more than 10 overs remaining.
De Lange finished with 3/31 in his first ODI since March 2012, and Abbott and Wayne Parnell took two wickets each in the absence of Dale Steyn and South Africa's other front-line fast bowlers. They were rested for the three-game series in Bulawayo.
Captain Elton Chigumbura made a fighting 90 for Zimbabwe's only solid performance and combined for a 46-run stand for the last wicket with Tinashe Panyangara. Chigumbura hit 10 fours and two sixes but fell as he closed in on his first ODI century in 160 matches when he was bowled by De Lange trying to heave another delivery to the leg-side boundary.
South Africa need 166 for a 3-0 series sweep at Queens Sports Club. The visiting Proteas gave one-day debuts to batsman Rilee Rossouw and left-arm seamer Mthokozisi Shezi, who took one for eight off six overs. Quicks Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel sat out the entire series while captain AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla were rested for the last game.
After being put in to bat, Zimbabwe were four for two when De Lange removed Richmond Mutumbami with a vicious rising ball in his first delivery in ODI cricket in more than two years.
Aside from a 51-run partnership between Chigumbura and Sikandar Raza (30), and the last-wicket stand, there was little else for Zimbabwe, which limped to 119/9 in the 35th over after mid-innings collapse of 6/30. The home team was eventually bowled out in only 39.5 overs.
Chigumbura took the total toward respectability by clubbing a string of boundaries at the end, but he missed with another big shot off De Lange and had his off stump knocked back.
Earlier, South Africa have won the toss and opted to field.
South Africa already clinch series with two comfortably win.
They have rested captain AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and Imran Tahir and have brought in -- Rilee Rossouw, Marchant de Lange and Mthokozisi Shezi. Debut for Rossouw and Mthokozisi.
Zimbabwe have made a couple of changes as well - Tafadzwa Kamungozi and Tinashe Panyangara are replacing Madziva and Vitori.
Zimbabwe - Hamilton Masakadza, Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Elton Chigumbura (Capt.), Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Luke Jongwe, Prosper Utseya, Tinashe Panyangara, John Nyumbu, Tafadzwa Kamungozi
South Africa - Marchant de Lange, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis (Capt.), Rilee Rossouw, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Wayne Parnell, Mthokozisi Shezi, Aaron Phangiso, Kyle Abbott
Zimbabwe - 165 (Chigumbura 90, de Lange 3-31)
South Africa - 171 for 3 (de Kock 84) beat Zimbabwe 165 (Chigumbura 90, de Lange 3-31)
Result - South Africa won by 7 wickets
MOM and player of the series - Quinton de Kock (South Africa)