|Ground:||Springbok Park, Bloemfontein|
|Scorecard:||South Africa v Zimbabwe|
|Player:||JH Kallis, CK Langeveldt, A Nel, H Masakadza, CJ Chibhabha, V Sibanda, JP Duminy, HH Dippenaar|
|Event:||Zimbabwe in South Africa 2006/07|
DateLine: 15th September 2006
Jean-Paul Duminy staked his claim for a future in international cricket with a classy half-century in South Africa's five-wicket win over Zimbabwe at Springbok Park Friday.
South Africa were 33 for three in reply to underdog Zimbabwe's 201 for seven when Duminy joined Boeta Dippenaar, who was playing in his 100th one-day international in this the first of three one-day internationals.
The left-handed Duminy, who missed selection for next month's Champions Trophy in India, batted with style and confidence from the start of his innings while Dippenaar showed his experience in a fluent, solid innings.
Together they put on 121 for the fourth wicket before Duminy charged down the pitch to off-spinner Stuart Matsikenyeri and was stumped for 60, made off 70 balls.
Dippenaar went on to make 85 not out as South Africa won with 6.1 overs to spare.
There was no place for Duminy in South Africa's squad for the Champions Trophy, named last week to meet an International Cricket Council debut.
He was one of four men added for the series against Zimbabwe to cover for injured players, including regular captain Graeme Smith. It was his first international match in more than two years. He played five times in 2004 with a highest score of 22.
South Africa had been expected to crush the young Zimbabwe team but Vusi Sibanda, who batted with increasing confidence after a shaky start, made a half-century to enable the tourists to post a respectable total.
Sibanda made 51 off 78 balls against accurate but largely unthreatening bowling.
Justice Chibabhaba (37) and Hamilton Masakadza (34) also made useful contributions as Zimbabwe reached 137 for two in the 33rd over before losing wickets in trying to force the pace.
Stand-in captain Jacques Kallis and fellow pace bowlers Charl Langeveldt and Andre Nel each captured two wickets for South Africa, who were playing their first one-day international in more than six months.
Kallis captained South Africa for the first time in a one-day international, with Smith still recovering from an ankle injury which kept him out of a recent tour of Sri Lanka.
Prosper Utseya returned to captain Zimbabwe after missing his side's nine-wicket defeat against the Eagles franchise team in Kimberley Wednesday. He won the toss and decided to bat.
Zimbabwe made a slow start and lost Terry Duffin with the total on 21 in the eighth over when the left-hander edged Makhaya Ntini to Kallis at second slip.
Sibanda mistimed an attempted pull three balls after passing fifty for the sixth time in 40 one-day internationals. He hit eight boundaries.
South Africa made a poor start under the Springbok Park floodlights. Debutant Loots Bosman swung across the line and was bowled by Edward Rainsford for five, Herschelle Gibbs slapped a wide ball from Tuwanda Mupariwa to cover to be out for two and Kallis made four before being caught behind off Anthony Ireland.
Kallis fell one run short of completing a double of 8000 runs and 200 wickets in one-day internationals, a feat previously achieved only by Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya.
Last season Kallis completed the same double in Tests, the second man after Garfield Sobers to reach the mark.
(Article: Copyright © 2006 AFP)