Player of the Match
Player of the Match
247dThe Report by Firdose Moonda

Du Plessis' third century puts South Africa in final

South Africa secured their place in the series final thanks to a third century in the competition from Faf du Plessis, which formed the spine of a target too tall for Zimbabwe to chase

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

F du Plessis
121(140) 5x4 - 4x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 31 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
1 11 8 7 16 12 28 38
BRM Taylor
79(96) 5x4 - 2x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 16 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
9 7 4 7 16 12 7 17

Best performances - Bowlers

JP Duminy
O8.2
M0
R35
W3
Eco4.20
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
N Madziva
O6
M0
R53
W2
Eco8.83
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Scorer: S Balasubramanian | Commentator: Alagappan Muthu

So a rather straight forward finish which leaves us with a South Africa-Australia clash on Saturday. But for now, this is Alagappan Muthu saying sayonara on behalf of Vishal Dikshit and the scorers

Faf du Plessis is the Man of the Match "Just fortunate its coming my way, got dropped when AB got run out. Bit a a purple patch and I want to cash in. Thought JP played really well today, the pitch was really tough and definitely much harder than agianst Australia. His intensity helped me sit back and it helps us looking forward ot Australia. From a bowling point of view, I can give a lot of information about what Australia do. They only got one spinner with a few part-timers and spin would play a big part in the final"

"Losing a bit of control [with the ball]," AB de Villiers says. "Was a little kid with the ball, saw an opportunity to bowl. The bowlers set the trend up, I thought they were out of the game after 20 overs. Well played by Brendan though. I wont say its a problem [on turning pitches[, it is something we're working on. But we had enough firepower to look after teh game today and then in the next. We have to perform better in all three departments. Fafi was there at the end, we want on of the top guys to be there at the end and then the bowlers were very good, not always easy to get going when the game was going your way that much"

"It was a different wicket, a lot drier and was easy to bat on. In the afternoon it became diffuclt for us with their changes of pace. it wasn't too much, not really. The guys batted themselves in but gave wickets away cheaply," Elton Chigumbura says. "There's a lot to take from the series, the bowlers bowled great, but we have to put in performances together as a group"

4.55 pm ZImbabwe posed a threat, but not enough to pip South Africa's place in the final, not eventually was it enough to take the game. Brendan Taylor did his best to ensure the game was competitive but the difference between the two teams was a bit too much. Aaron Phangiso got the ball to turn and his accuracy was quite appreciable. But this victory was made by Faf du Plessis who compiled a third century in the series

"Nice to get a few runs. We were always behind the eight-ball losing too many wickets. but credit to Faf for his form. 272 on that pitch, which was breaking was difficult. He paced his innings brilliantly during that that partnership with Duminy. we thought 230-240 might have given us a chance, "says Brendan Taylor, "Just having Australia, South Africa has been special. Engaging against the best, you can only improve"

DanielAlexander: "JP bowled well today, don't think Tahir will play the final " Three wickets and his accuracy do make him a better package

47.2
W
Duminy to Nyumbu, OUT, flighted on middle, Nyumbu goes for an across-the-line sweep. Hit in front of middle, Umpire Dar reckons it will go on to hit middle and that's all she wrote
47.1
2
Duminy to Nyumbu, 2 runs, flighted on leg stump, whipped away through midwicket. They see the opportunity for a couple and commit fully to it. Chatara dives headlong to make his ground at the non-strikers' end

Three overs left

Shivam: "Zim needs Dougie Marillier now."

END OF OVER:
47 | 3 Runs | ZIM: 206/9 (66 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 4.38, RRR: 22.00)

  • TL Chatara10 (20b)
  • J Nyumbu2 (5b)
  • AB de Villiers2-0-13-0
  • JP Duminy8-0-33-2
46.6
0
de Villiers to Chatara, no run, back of a length and outside off, eased away towards third man
46.5
0
de Villiers to Chatara, no run, that was close! AB knows it as he has hands on his head. Another offcutter pushed fuller and lured Chatara on a slog sweep, misses and it wasn;t too far away from off stump
46.5
1w
de Villiers to Chatara, 1 wide, another wide down the pads, found the block hole reasonably well though
46.4
0
de Villiers to Chatara, no run, seems to skid off the deck as Chatara blocks a shortish ball on middle

Tough target

6

No. of times that Zimbabwe have chased 270+ against a top-eight team, thrice against India, twice against NZ and once against WI.

Chasing history again

162

The most runs that Zimbabwe have scored in 25.1 overs (since 2001). They need 272 today.

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING

1

Number of SA batsmen who have scored three hundreds in an ODI triangular or quadrangular series - Faf is the first

Zimbabwe on a high

8

No. of years since South Africa have lost four wickets for fewer runs in an ODI against Zimbabwe.

Racking it up

14

No. of times, including Faf today, that an SA batsman has scored 300+ runs in an ODI tournament with 3 or 4 teams.

SLOW START

13

SA's score after the first five overs. Since 2001, they have scored fewer against Zimbabwe on only two occasions