BLOEMFONTEIN: Fast bowler Dale Steyn starred with the bat more than the ball on his return to one-day internationals for the first time in two years as South Africa beat Zimbabwe by 120 runs in the second game on Wednesday to win their series with one to play.
Steyn hit a maiden half-century, finishing with 60 to rescue South Africa from a precarious 101-7 batting first. Steyn was aided by Andile Phehlukwayo, who added 28 as the lower-order pair put on a 75-run partnership for the eighth wicket.
South Africa made 198 all out and then bowled Zimbabwe out for just 78 in 24 overs for a convincing win. Steyn played the support role with the ball with 2-19 to back up leg spinner Imran Tahir, who collected 6-24.
South Africa leads the three-match series 2-0. South Africa won the first ODI by five wickets, although it also had a batting hiccup in that match when it was 96-5 before chasing down Zimbabwe’s 117 all out.
The 35-year-old Steyn hadn’t played an ODI since a series against Australia in October 2016, with his career interrupted by a series of shoulder injuries and a foot problem.
His 60 from 85 balls with eight fours and a six was his first half-century in 117 ODIs stretching back to 2005. Steyn’s previous best batting score was 35.
Tahir’s six wickets included three in five balls in the 20th over that just about finished Zimbabwe off.–AFP