Cricket-Duminy scores maiden ton as S.Africa destroy Zimbabwe

CENTURION, SOUTH AFRICA: JP Duminy struck his maiden one-day international century to lead South Africa to a crushing 212-run victory over Zimbabwe on Tuesday.

The home team took the series 2-0, representing the perfect fillip ahead of Friday''s opening Twenty20 against England in Johannesburg.

Duminy, in his 51st ODI, thumped 111 not out in 87 balls as South Africa amassed 331 for five after being sent in to bat. Zimbabwe were then bundled out for 119 in 34.3 overs.

Jacques Kallis scored a classy 81 for the hosts while captain Graeme Smith made 53 in an opening stand of 108 with the all-rounder.

Mark Boucher, with 31 not out in 19 balls, helped Duminy provide a strong finish to the innings as the pair smashed an unbroken 58 for the sixth wicket in 33 balls.

Duminy collected nine fours and two sixes with textbook strokes and clever innovations.

Zimbabwe''s spinners were the biggest threat, Ray Price claiming three for 55 and skipper Prosper Utseya picking up two for 53.

The gutsy Tatenda Taibu (52) was the best of the visiting batsmen after openers Hamilton Masakadza and Brendan Taylor were dismissed for ducks.

South Africa paceman Charl Langeveldt, 34, took three for 36 on his international return after an 18-month absence.

All-rounder Albie Morkel and spinner Roelof van der Merwe also claimed three wickets apiece.