South Africa have completed the whitewash over their neighbours Zimbabwe after they won the third and final ODI by 4 wickets at Boland Park, Paarl. Hamilton Masakadza won the toss and decided that the visitors would bat first. Lungi Ngidi was given a rest with Kagiso Rabada replacing him.
Just like the first two matches, Zimbabwe didn’t have the kindest of starts with the bat. Opener Solomon Mire lasted only 18 balls before Tahir cleaned him up with a deceiving googly. Craig Ervine didn’t stay long as he went back to the pavilion without struggling the scorers. And when Masakadza’s nick of Kagiso Rabada found Henrich Klassen, Zimbabwe were reduced to 44-3 in the 11th over. Experienced duo of Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams started the resurrecting work for the visitors. Both of them looked confident on the crease and found boundaries at relative ease. Just when it looked like the partnership was taking the game away from the Proteas, an excellent piece of glove work from Klassen brought the end of his counterpart, Taylor for 40. Williams’ good work saw him reach to his fifty. Du Plessis brought Steyn back into the attack and the move paid off. Steyn dismissed Peter Moore. Williams’ fine knock of 69 came to an end when Rabada caught the ball of his own bowling. Elton Chigumbura’s torrid stay came to an end in the 41st over when Zimbabwe were struggling with just 181 runs on the board. Donald Tiripano and Brandon Mavuta added few crucial runs at the back end of the innings. Wickets from Steyn and Rabada finished the Zimbabwean innings for 228.
Reeza Hendricks was moved to the top of the order to open the innings. And the right handed batsman grabbed the opportunity with both the hands. Adien Markram and Hendricks provided South Africa with a fast start. They mustered 64 runs in the first powerplay. Sean Williams provided Zimbabwe their first breakthrough when his straighter wrapped Markram’s pads straight in front of the wickets. Faf Du Plessis enjoyed his short stay on the crease before being dismissed by Mavuta. The hosts were soon three down for 122 runs when Tiripano removed Duminy for just a solitary run. Henrich Klassen had been impressive throughout the series with the bat and he carried his good work in this match. Tiripano got his second wicket of the match. This time it was Hendricks whose impressive stay finally came to an end. He was dismissed for 66. Klassen was aggressive throughout his innings. 5 fours and 1 six helped him reach his first ODI half century. Klassen wanted to end the match in a hurry. But a mistimed shot handed Masakadza with an easy catch. South Africa managed to lose another wicket in the form of Andile Phehlukwayo who was dismissed for a nought. Steyn’s boundary sealed the victory for The Proteas.
The series now moves to East London where the first T20I takes place. Zimbabwe would like to forget the ODI series and make a comeback in the shortest format of the game. South Africa on the other hand would like to carry on the good work as they prepare for the next year’s World Cup.
Zimbabwe: 228-10(49.3 o.)
Sean Williams: 69(79)
Brendan Taylor: 40(44)
Dale Steyn: 9.3-1-29-3.
South Africa: 231-6(45.5 o.)
Reeza Hendricks: 66(82)
Henrich Klassen: 59(67)
Donald Tiripano: 9-0-35-2
Man of The Match: Henrich Klassen.
Man of The Series: Imran Tahir.
Photo by Arvi.