Cricket: Dale Steyn is back and he didn’t miss a beat

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South Africa’s veteran pacer Dale Steyn marked his return to One Day International Cricket in style as he scored a half-century and picked 2 wickets in the host’s convincing win over their neighbors Zimbabwe in the 2nd ODI at Bloemfontein.

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn is back and he didn’t miss a beat

The injury prone bowler’s last appearance for South Africa in ODIs was on October 12,2016 vs Australia. Coming on to bat with his side reeling at 101-7 after 25 overs, he stitched a crucial partnership with AL Phehlukwayo to take his side to a reasonable score of 198. In the process he scored 60 of 85 balls.

Coming on to defend a relatively low score, Steyn once again showed why he was one of the feared bowlers in the game by picking 2 wickets for 19 runs in his 6 overs. He complemented his fellow bowler Tahir well, as the latter went on to steal the show by picking up a hat-trick and ending with figures of 6-24.

Visitors Zimbabwe put on a sorry show, bundling out for just 78 and surrendering defeat by 120 runs. South Africa have now sealed the 3 match series 2-0 with a game still to be played on Saturday.

 

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