Tony de Zorzi hits maiden ODI century as Proteas level series against India

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South Africa beat India by eight wickets in Tuesday’s second ODI at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.

The Proteas limited India to 211 all out in 46.2 overs after winning the toss and electing to bowl first.

Seamer Nandre Burger completed figures of three for 30 in 10 overs, including the dismissal of Indian captain KL Rahul.

Burger was signed by the Rajasthan Royals for approximately R1.1 million ahead of next year’s Indian Premier League on Tuesday, too.

Fellow left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks, who hadn’t played an ODI in more than two years prior to Tuesday’s appearance, took two wickets.

Hendricks had earlier been added to the squad as cover for the injured Andile Phehlukwayo and Ottniel Baartman.

The Proteas reached 215 for two in 42.3 overs in reply. Opener Tony de Zorzi hit 119 not out from 122 deliveries, including nine fours and six sixes.

This is de Zorzi’s first century in international cricket. His previous highest score in ODI cricket was 28. He was named Player of the Match.

“It was a flood of emotions getting to the ton. Hopefully my mom is watching – and she is back from work,” said de Zorzi.

“A lot of stuff goes through your head when you get the century. You just want to thank the people that have been watching out for you and have backed you.

“Batting coach JP Duminy spoke to me about what they wanted from me and I tried to implement that.

“I think I am adaptable, decent at adapting to different conditions. Still need to get better, though. I will never forget a moment like this.”

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The result levelled the three-match series one-all. India won the series opener at the Wanderers in Johannesburg last week.

The third ODI will be played at Boland Park in Paarl on Thursday.

The Proteas and India will then meet for two Tests.

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