All rounder Jacques Kallis became the first player to score 8,000 runs and take 200 wickets in both test and one-day cricket in South Africa’s six-wicket win over Zimbabwe on Monday.
The South African captain reached the milestone when he pushed the first ball he faced, bowled by medium pacer Piet Rinke, to mid-on for a single in the second one-day international in East London.
Kallis, who scored 26, went into the match with 7,999 runs and 205 wickets in one-day internationals. In tests, he has scored 8,033 runs and taken 200 wickets.
South Africa took an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series with a more convincing display than they did in winning the first match by five wickets in Kimberley on Friday.
Zimbabwe were dismissed for a mediocre 152 in 49.4 overs, to which South Africa replied with 156 for four in 27.4 overs.
“We got the rust out the other day in Kimberley, and the boys put in a good performance,” Kallis said.
“We have lots of work to do from here, but it’s a pleasing result,” he told reporters.
Kallis said the South Africans had aimed to reach the target in “as close to 25 overs as possible”.
Shaun Pollock needed just two more wickets to become the fifth player and the first South African to take 350 wickets in one-day internationals but he only managed to take one for 28.
Zimbabwe dawdled to their sub-par total after winning the toss and choosing to bat on a slow pitch that held few terrors for batsmen.
The visitors showed almost no aggression throughout their innings, which cost them dearly as they had little to show for their efforts when their last five wickets tumbled for 32.
Zimbabwe’s only partnership of substance was the 47 shared by Justice Chibhabha and Elton Chigumbura for the sixth wicket.
Chibhabha’s patient 38, which he scored off 98 deliveries, and Chigumbura’s 30 were Zimbabwe’s top scores.
Loots Bosman, who hit two sixes in his 38, and debutant Alviro Petersen, who scored 20, put South Africa on course for victory with a second-wicket stand of 53.
JP Duminy, with 31 not out, and Justin Kemp, who made an unbeaten 28, took South Africa home with an unbroken partnership of 47.
The match was originally scheduled to be played on Sunday but was postponed until on Monday when rain washed out play.
The last match in the series will be played in Potchefstroom on Wednesday.
V Sibanda c Boucher b Ntini 0
T Mufambisi b Pollock 21
J Chibhabha c Duminy b Ntini 38
H Masakadza c and b Kallis 5
B Taylor c Hall b Kallis 5
S Matsikenyeri b Hall 14
E Chigumbura st Boucher b Peterson 30
P Rinke lbw b Peterson 3
P Utseya not out 24
A Ireland b Hall 1
E Rainsford b Hall 1
Extras (lb3, w7) 10
Total (49.4 overs) 152
=========================================FALL OF WICKETS: 1-1, 2-27, 3-33, 4-50, 5-73, 6-120, 7-122, 8-126, 9-132 BOWLING: Pollock 10-3-28-1, Ntini 10-0-33-2, Kallis 6-2-22-2 (1w), Hall 8.4-1-23-3 (4w), Kemp 5-1-16-0, Peterson 10-0-27-2 (2w)
L Bosman b Rinke 38
H Dippenaar c Sibanda b Ireland 9
A Petersen b Rinke 20
J Kallis b Ireland 26
J Duminy not out 31
J Kemp not out 28
Extras (lb2, nb1, w1) 4
Total (4 wkts, 27.4 overs) 156
=========================================FALL OF WICKETS: 1-14, 6-67, 3-72, 4-109
BOWLING: Rainsford 5-1-38-0 (1nb), Ireland 7-0-40-2 (1w), Rinke 6-0-35-2, Utseya 9-0-33-0, Chibhabha 0.4-0-8-0
DID NOT BAT: M Boucher, S Pollock, R Peterson, A Hall, M Ntini
RESULT: South Africa won by 6 wickets
MAN OF MATCH: Andrew Hall (RSA)
SERIES: South Africa lead 2-0
UMPIRES: D Harper (AUS), I Howell (RSA);
TV UMPIRE: B Jerling (RSA)
MATCH REFEREE: R Mahanama (SRI)
REMAINING MATCH: Sep 20, Potchefstroom
Copyright Reuters, 2006