South Africa have started their 3 match ODI series against Zimbabwe with an easy win at Kimberley. JP Duminy won the toss and decided that hosts will bowl first. South Africa handed Chrsitian Jonker his ODI debut.
Lungi Ngidi gave South Africa the perfect start as he dismissed opener Solomon Mire in the third over. A ripper from Williem Mulder proved too good for Craig Ervine. The southpaw didn’t have an answer to it and the edged the ball to Henrich Klassen. Hamilton Masakadza’s turbulent stay came to an end in the 14th over when Andile Phehlukwayo’s delivery found an edge to keeper Klassen. Zimbabwe were reduced to 38-3 at this stage. Phehlukwayo struck again in his next over.
This time it was the left handed batsman Sean Williams who was wrapped on the pads straight in front of the wickets. Kagiso Rabada ensured that half of the Zimbabwean squad returned to the pavilion when he picked up vetran batsman Brendan Taylor. The scenario got worse for the batting side after Rabada got his second wicket in the form of Peter Moore. The visting side were reduced to 62-6. Wellington Masakadza made a short stay on the crease. Imran Tahir dismissed him to get his first wicket. Tahir was again in the action. This time the leggie got the better of Brandon Mavuta. Lungi Ngidi cleaned up Kyle Jarvis before he ended Elton Chigumbura’s resilient stay on the crease. Zimbabwe were cleaned out for 117 runs in 34.1 runs. Chigumbura was the top scorer with 27 runs.
The score wasn’t a healthy one and Zimbabwe knew they had to have a vital start in the initial overs to have any chance in the match. Tendai Chatara had the first blow for Zimbabwe. He dismissed Dean Elgar 2 for runs in the fourth over. Reeza Hendricks was the next to follow Elgar. Masakadza cleaned him up with a superb delivery as the hosts soon found themselves tumbling at 25-2 in 6.3 overs. Aiden Markram struck five boundaries in his innings of 27 but it was Chatara again who provided the breakthrough for the visitors in the 11th over. Debutant Jonker failed to make an impressive start to his ODI career. He could muster only 6 runs from 14 deliveries before being picked up by Mavuta. South Africa were 58-4 when captain Duminy joined Klassen in the middle of the crease. Klassen looked in top form as he batted fearlessly finding the gaps at will. The wicket keeper batsman scored a run a ball 44 to put South Africa in a safe position. After his dismissal Duminy and Mulder finished the game quickly as South Africa reached the target of 118 runs in 26.1 overs with five wickets remaining.
South Africa: Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks, Henrich Klassen(WK), Christian Jonker, JP Duminy(C), Williem Mulder, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi.
Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza(C), Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor(WK), Sean Williams, Peter Moore, Elton Chigumbura, Wellington Masakadza, Brandon Mavuta, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara.
Zimbabwe: 117-10(34.1 o.)
Elton Chigumbura: 27(37)
Hamilton Masakadza: 25(52)
Lungi Ngidi: 8.1-1-19-3.
South Africa: 119-5(26.1 o.)
Henrich Klassen: 44(44)
Aiden Markram: 27(38)
Tendai Chatara: 6-1-12-2.
Man of The Match: Lungi Ngidi.
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