Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    23.6 and Tahir makes the crucial breakthrough for South Africa as Chamu departs the oval after mishitting a slice over extra-cover, with this one dying just before the rope where the fielder was staioned. JP is able to keep himself within the playing field and take this. Ends a spirited knock from the Zimbabwean opener 137/2
    6.2 and Philander gets things going for South Africa with a length delivery on a tighter line closer to off stump as Raza ends up chopping this one onto the stumps, with his feet rooted in place. Raza's brief stint comes to a close 32/1
    32.6 Tahir has landed the big one as he removes Hamilton with one which turns away as the batsman looked to get it away through midwicket before offering a leading edge which spoons harmlessly to Amla at cover, who takes it with glee. Leaves the oval with 80 to his name, and it really has been an inspired knock under pressure 191/3
    36.1 and the drinks break claims yet another victim as Taylor has to go now with a halfhearted slog to this slower delivery on middle and leg. Taylor goes for a well-played 40 as this chase threatens to get away from them 214/4
    37.4 top-edge which goes straight up in the air as the keeper calls this one before completing the catch safely. Really didn't go anywhere at all. Looks like the pressure is starting to get to them now 218/5
    42.6 short ball which rushes on Ervine as he ends up offering a simple top-edge chance to mid-on, who snaps it up gleefully. Ervine has to go and Zimbabwe in the doldrums now at 240 for 7 240/7
    40.5 searching for the blockhole now as he lets go of a low full toss which is clipped away behind square, with AB pouncing on this at mid-off to fire in a throw at the striker's end, with the batsman short of his ground as he veered away in his attempt to ground the bat. You just can't take on AB's rocket arm 236/6
    47.1 AB pops up again in the deep as Philander has got them just one away now as Mire, looking to smash every remaining delivery out of the park, ends up pulling this towards de Villiers at deep midwicket, who puts in a wonderful forward dive to catch him in the deep. Ends a very entertaining cameo from Mire. Will be great to see more pyrotechnics from him as this tournament wages on 272/9
    43.5 AB pulls off another special catch in the ring as Tahir claims yet another at Seddon Park, getting Tinashe to provide a leading edge to this attempted sweep, with AB running full tilt from backward square to complete the take 245/8
    48.2 and with a simple return chance to this full delivery on middle, Morkel has snapped up the final scalp to give South Africa a 62-run victory in the end 277/10
    not out
    22 (lb 13, w 9)
    277 all out (48.2 Overs, RR: 5.73)
    Fall of wickets: 1-32 (Sikandar Raza, 6.2 ov), 2-137 (CJ Chibhabha, 23.6 ov), 3-191 (H Masakadza, 32.6 ov), 4-214 (BRM Taylor, 36.1 ov), 5-218 (SC Williams, 37.4 ov), 6-236 (E Chigumbura, 40.5 ov), 7-240 (CR Ervine, 42.6 ov), 8-245 (T Panyangara, 43.5 ov), 9-272 (SF Mire, 47.1 ov), 10-277 (TL Chatara, 48.2 ov)
    VD Philander8.003023.75313030
    M Morkel8.214925.88326220
    DW Steyn9.006417.11289200
    F Behardien5.004008.00113210
    JP Duminy8.004515.62224120
    Imran Tahir10.003633.60343010

Match Notes

Rare Crumble


Years since South Africa have lost four wickets for less than 100 runs against Zimbabwe. They were 83/4 today.

Snailing along


Runs scored by South Africa in the first ten overs, their lowest against Zimbabwe when batting first (since 2001)

Will Zim lift their game?


Number of times that Zimbabwe have beaten South Africa in ODIs, once in a World Cup (1999)