Potchefstroom: A maiden five-wicket haul for Rusty Theron, Hashim Amla's second consecutive hundred, and an eighth one-day ton for AB de Villiers sealed the series for South Africa with a crushing eight-wicket win in Potchefstroom.
A clinical batting performance by the Proteas to chase down a decent target of 269 with ease. They started off brilliantly with Smith(40) and Amla (110) putting on an 84-run stand.
Hashim Amla scored back to back century and was also involved in a big partnership of 139 runs with de Villiers, who also went on to achieve his 8th hundred in ODIs. The visitors were never in the game after these two partnerships as the hosts ran away with a win in 39 overs. AB de Villiers (101) and Duminy (15) shared an unbeaten stand of 50-run towards the end.
Earlier, Rusty Theron took five wickets as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 268.
Tatenda Taibu made a polished 78 for Zimbabwe but none of his teammates was able to play a substantial innings on an easy-paced pitch.
Theron, 25, used clever variations of pace and length as he claimed five for 44 to take his haul of wickets to eight in his first two one-day internationals.
Theron had originally been picked only to play in two Twenty20 internationals against Zimbabwe but was called in to the one-day squad following a succession of injuries to South Africa's pace bowlers.
Taibu was on target to score his third century in five one-day internationals against South Africa until he sliced a catch to backward point off Charl Langeveldt off the first ball of the batting Powerplay, taken with seven overs remaining in the Zimbabwe innings.
Surprisingly dropped down the batting order in both Twenty20 internationals and the first one-day game on Zimbabwe's short tour, Taibu was promoted to number four on Sunday. He made his runs off 90 balls. He hit four fours and a six and kept the score moving with deft placements and quick running between wickets.
Zimbabwe openers Brendan Taylor and Chamu Chibhabha put on 59 for the first wicket before Theron took two wickets in his first over and Wayne Parnell took another in the next over as the visitors slipped to 60 for three.
Graeme Smith said that they were pretty dominant today as they wanted to chase well and executed it in style. He also added that the players chipped in, praised the youngsters and said they are just about doing the right thing as far as possible. Opined that small things may not matter when they play Zimbabwe but it does matter when they face big teams.
Juan Theron bagged the Man of the Match award for his fantastic bowling. He said it is a a dream start for him and would like to capitalise on it. He told that he was concentrating on line and lengths and stuck to the basics.
Chigumbura said that they had to score above 300 to present a tough fight but things did not go their way and they lost wickets at regular intervals. He also added that this is one area they would like to to work on. He further added that they need to improve on their weaknesses and come up with a solid performance in the last ODI.
The third and final match is on Friday, the 22nd of October, 2010 at Benoni.
Zimbabwe 268 (Taibu 78, Theron 5-44)
South Africa 273 for 2 (Amla 110, de Villiers 101*)
Result South Africa won by eight wickets
MOM Juan Theron (South Africa)