South Africa won the toss and sent Zimbabwe in to bat. The visitors struggled against the South African bowling, with only Kevin Kasuza (54) making any meaningful runs, and Zimbabwe were bowled out for 140 in the 44th over.
The wickets were shared out among the South African bowlers, with only Jennings failing to take a wicket, although he conceded only 15 runs off his five overs. The spin bowling of Malcolm Nofal and Prenalen Subrayen proved particularly effective. Subrayen finished with admirable figures of 2/19 off 10 overs.
With just 140 runs to defend, Zimbabwe were always going to battle to keep South Africa at bay. They celebrated when Liberty Nherera caught the prolific Quinton de Kock off his own bowling for 20, but Jennings led his team to victory with a calm 54 from 74 balls. It was Jennings’ second half century of the series
Although he and Grant Edmeades were both run out within five overs of each other, South Africa had no trouble knocking off the runs, and completed their victory with 17 overs to spare.
The five-match ODI series will be followed by two Twenty20 matches.
Sunday 16 January – 3rd ODI, Bridge House School, Franschhoek
Tuesday 18 January – 4th ODI, Boland Park, Paarl
Thursday 20 January – 5th ODI, Newlands, Cape Town
Saturday 22 January – 1st T20, Boland Park, Paarl
Sunday 23 January – 2nd T20, PP Smit Stadium, Bellville, Cape Town